There are many things to consider if you are dealing with a wet basement. These tips can help you decide what you need to do when flooding or moisture begins to affect your basement, and when it is time to call in a professional for help.

  1. Consider the source of the moisture. In most cases, small amounts of moisture in the basement lead to mold, mildew or dry rot. You may not be able to see hairline cracks in the basement, or be able to pinpoint the source without professional assistance.
  2. Does your roof need repairs? Occasionally, downspouts can deposit water near the basement, leading to the absorption of moisture through the concrete walls.
  3. Have you been watering the garden? Anytime that you put water into the ground, you are providing moisture that can be absorbed into the basement. You may want to consider waterproofing your basement if you notice wetness after normal watering outdoors.
  4. Do you need interior or exterior waterproofing? There are a wide variety of reasons for a wet basement, and a professional contractor is usually the best person to consult when you need help determining the best solution. You will find that you are able to get a free estimate and consultation from most contractors.
  5. Do you have visible warping on wood in the basement? This is a sure sign that you are dealing with a wet basement. You can use basement waterproofing contractors to help you protect your finished basement from further damage.
  6. Are you planning on selling your home? A dry basement is going to help you sell your home in less time, and for more than a wet basement. You will want to consider choosing a contractor that offers a transferrable warranty on any work that they complete on your basement, however.
  7. What about do-it-yourself waterproofing? You may want to think twice before you consider do it yourself waterproofing. There are some problems that can cause a wet basement that only a professional can fix properly, and installing the wrong materials can make the problem worse rather than better.
  8. Do you live near a river or stream? A wet basement can often be caused by environmental factors that are out of your control, but a professional contractor will know how to handle these problems appropriately.
  9. Do you have structural or foundation damage? If so, you need to have your wet basement assessed promptly to fix the damage. An unsound basement can easily flood, especially if there are cracks in the walls.
  10. A wet basement can affect the costs of heating and cooling your home. If you have a damp basement, you will find that the rising moisture makes it more difficult to heat and cool your home, therefore raising the costs of heating and cooling. Your investment in waterproofing your basement will easily be replaced with savings in heating and cooling over time.

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