Basements are wonderful and give a home extra space for living, storage or play. However, it is common for them to develop problems and allow water to seep into them during rainy weather. A damp soggy basement can be aggravating and make the area virtually useless.
You do not dare to store anything that might be ruined by water in a leaky basement, and you certainly do not want to live in that environment. If your basement is not waterproofed, mold may begin forming and cause health concerns. If you do not fix small leaks early, they may become large leaks and cause the walls to bow or shift, creating serious problems.
If you notice musty odors in your basement, or if you see peeling paint or signs of water seepage, do not despair. Contact waterproofing contractors and you will find that the problem can be controlled and fixed. They can waterproof your basement before any major damage occurs. It is more cost effective to catch a problem before it becomes severe and requires drastic measures, so don't delay.
Trained technicians can provide waterproofing solutions using either interior or exterior methods or a combination of both. Interior solutions include French drains around the walls of your basement, sump pumps to pump out water from the drains and backup battery systems to insure that the sump pumps will keep working even during power outages.
The most likely time to experience a power outage is during a severe rainstorm, so the backup system is important. Exterior systems include downspout lines, yard drains and driveway drains. These systems are all expertly designed to drain water away from your home instead of into your basement, and they are very effective.
If you do not venture down into your basement very often and did not notice that you had a problem with water seeping in when it first began, you may already have water damage. If that has happened, technicians can come to your rescue and remedy the problem.
Waterproofing contractors can repair the foundation, repair cracked walls, fix bowing or crooked walls and stabilize them. The systems they use have been designed and tested by structural engineers, and only their professionally trained technicians will make the repairs, so you can be assured of a high quality job.
You do not have to put up with a wet basement. Your home is a valuable investment, and you can protect it with waterproofing. After the contractors make your foundation and basement sound, your home will have an even greater value, and it will be safe to store important items and papers in your basement without fearing that they might sustain water damage. Your basement living space will be pleasant and comfortable, and you will not be concerned when the rain pours down for days at a time, because your basement will be safe and dry.
Published on 12 November 2011