Prevent Water & Moisture Issues with Basement Waterproofing
If you had water seeping into your basement during last year’s storms, perhaps it’s time to waterproof your basement. It’s easy to ignore signs of water damage, such as mold and damp spots, however, this is not only dangerous to your home’s structure and foundation, but to your health and wellbeing as well.
While the most effective defense against wet weather is a professional waterproofing solution, there are many things that you can do as a homeowner to help keep water and moisture from seeping into your home and damaging your property and belongings.
Did you know that excess moisture in your basement can cause serious breathing problems for your entire family? And, at the same time, may stop you from selling your home?
If you are experiencing any of the following wet basement symptoms, take the proactive steps necessary from exacerbating the situation:
- Damp, Humid Air
- Mold, Mildew, and/or Fungus
- Respiratory Problems
- Standing Water
- Cracks & Spots on Walls
- Flooding After Rainfall
- Visible Structure Damage
Basement waterproofing is one of the smartest choices a homeowner can make in protecting their assets and investment. While most of us have some form of flood insurance, some things are simply irreplaceable.
Problems Caused By a Wet Basement
A wet basement is just an indicator of the structural damage that perhaps you cannot see. Left uncorrected, it may stop you from selling your home.
A damp, musty basement allows mold and mildew to grow… and breathing that air can cause serious respiratory ailments and allergies for your family.
The moisture in your basement will seep into everything you're storing down there. The damage to your property is happening all day long.
Excess moisture will seriously damage the equipment that's designed to keep you comfortable. Again, the damage being done is usually not noticed until it's too late.
ELECTRICAL SHOCK HAZARDS
Standing on a damp or wet floor exposes your family to the risk of experiencing a serious electrical shock.
NJ Basement Waterproofing Solutions
The goal is to keep water as far away from the home as possible. Of course, you can always call your local NJ basement waterproofing specialists at Gold Medal Service to provide you with a permanent solution to all your water-related needs, but if you are looking for a DIY solution, there are a number of things to check first:
- Inspect and clean your gutters and downspouts. (Click here for a full page of DIY Gutter Repair solutions from familyhandyman.com).
- Direct downspouts as far away from the foundation as possible.
- Consider purchasing flexible extensions to divert water even further away.
- Make sure water is flowing toward a street drain and not getting soaked up into your foundation.
- Fill cracks and gaps in your basement walls and floors with hydraulic cement.
- Use waterproof masonry cement to create a coating on your basement walls.
- Consider installing a drywell to help manage rainwater.
It’s a fairly involved DIY project, but if you want to know how to install a drywell, watch this video:
An even more complicated drainage solution would be to install french drains around your house:
While you are solving your drainage problems in and around your basement, you may also want to take the time to insulate your water pipes in preparation for the colder weather ahead. Read our blogs for expert tips on preventing and thawing frozen pipes this winter:
Does your NJ home need professional basement waterproofing?
Gold Medal Service offers:
- Solutions for every budget
- No money down financing available
- Latest waterproofing technologies
- Drying and structural repairs
- Mold remediation services available
- Free in-home consultation
- Sump pump repair and replacement
In addition to all of the above, we also provide interior and exterior waterproofing spray, sump pump installation, drain repairs and more. We've got your dry basement solution – Read our tips for keeping homes dry from mycentraljersey.com.
For more basement waterproofing tips, read last year’s blog, “How to Avoid Basement Flooding.“
Get your FREE Basement Waterproofing Consultation, plus $250 OFF when you schedule service with us!
No one knows how to stop the water from entering your basement better than Gold Medal Service. We have the experience and knowledge to make the whole repair process smooth, easy and trouble-free. We will analyze your home's foundation, recommend the best solution to your wet basement and will fix the problems immediately. If you catch the problem early enough, you may only need some modifications to your drainage and humidification systems.