Keeping Your Basement Dry

Just because your basement is not flooded does not mean it is dry.

Just because your basement is not flooded does not mean it is dry. You can also get a wet basement through leaks and water seepage. You need to properly seal walls, floors, vents, and joints in order to eliminate moisture from your basement.

Stopping Leaks Preventing leaks is really the only way to keep your basement dry. There are a number of places where water can enter your basement including the joints between the wall and the floor, cracks in the walls or floor, and walls. You can prevent leaks by sealing any cracks and joints in your basement floors and walls.

Keeping moisture out to begin with is the best maintenance technique for keeping a dry basement. You need to prevent the collection of water outside your home, especially if you are in a low lying area. The way to get rid of this excess water is to install a drainage system. You should also protect your basement by installing waterproofing. You can prevent water from coming through cracks and joints by properly installing a waterproofing system. It is a good idea to regularly inspect your basement for cracks and leaks so that moisture problems can be prevented. It is much better to catch problems before they occur.

Benefits of a Dry Basement Keeping your basement dry will eliminate mold and mildew and the musty odors associated with them. Having a dry basement makes it possible to use the room as an extension of your living space, for a home office, den, or playroom. Even if your basement is only used for storage, keeping it dry will protect the items that are stored there. You may also want to use a dehumidifier in order to keep the space dry and warm if you are using it as family living space.

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