Fixing A Leaky Basement

Leaky basement floor

Home maintenance is one of the most essential aspects of ensuring that your house is ready to brave the various problems that changing weathers will throw at it. Knowing how to accomplish many easier maintenance jobs on your own will help save a lot of money as compared to giving the job to a private contractor.

Causes for leaks in the basement

There are a number of factors that will play a crucial role in the causes of leaks in your basement. External and internal factors as well as types of construction materials used and architectural techniques implemented will determine how strong your basement is when standing up to various weather conditions.

One of the common causes of a leaky basement happens to be the sewer system in the house. Old or poorly installed drainage systems lead to pooling of sewage – in turn leading to a buildup of standing water at the base of your home.

The soil surrounding your house could also be a determining factor in your basement developing leaks. Long dry spells of drought followed by lengthened rainy seasons are likely to cause leaky basements as a result of soggy surrounding soil.

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to fix the leakages

  • Examining the outsides: Make it a point to inspect the surrounding areas of the basement before commencing any do-it-yourself work. Look at all the pipework surrounding the problematic areas in your basement while also looking at any mechanical defects of the gutter system that might have led to the clogging of the pipes. Also, ensure that none of the spouts from the drainage system unloads very close to the foundation, as this is likely to be one of the common causes of the problem. Poorly constructed windows are likely to be a common cause of the problem and should be sealed as soon as possible to prevent the condition from getting any worse.
  • Plugging the holes and cracks: Plugging the holes and cracks is the next important step of the entire procedure. Once you have located the areas within the construction causing problems, hydraulic cement works as probably the best sealing agent that you can pickup at any hardware store in the country. The plugging of these gaps prevents the water from seeping into the house through these open cracks while also ensuring that your house is stronger. Ensure that you have mixed the water with the powder well enough to get a consistent texture
Moss on leaky basement walls
Moss on old leaky basement wall
  • Sealing the damp walls: You may notice, once in a while, that the interior of your wall becomes a little damp and, when dries, leaves behind a flaky texture. This is as a result of small amounts of water seeping through the masonry. While one solution is to waterproof the exterior all over again, that could be an expensive affair considering that the basement will require a lot of digging and plastering. Instead, you could just use industry grade sealant paint and apply a coating onto the interior wall to make sure that none of the moisture gets in.

As with any construction and remodeling within your house, make it a point to take precautions and wear all the required safety gear to avoid mishaps. Repairing leaks in your basement will go a long way into ensuring that your house’s foundation remains steady for long.