Solutions to keep your basement or crawlspace dry

A dry and fresh smelling basement and crawlspace is a dream that never comes true for many people. For some reason, many people think that the area under their home just is damp and musty smelling,

thinking that this is just how basements are, but that is not the case. Here at Rogers Basement Waterproofing, we know that basements and crawlspaces can be dry, which is a good indicator of how healthy your structure is. The following are three solutions we recommend to help keeping your basement or crawlspace dry:

Drainage systems

Without proper drainage, even the best waterproofing systems are vulnerable to moisture.

A very easy way to keep your basement dry involves capturing the water from rain and snowmelt and redirecting it away from your structure. This means you need gutters, properly set up downspouts, and a good drainage system. Drainage systems redirect water away from the property and usually end up looking like smart landscaping when done right.

Dehumidifier

Porous flooring and walls can easily allow water to seep through them and cause problems in the crawlspace or the basement. Water under high pressure between the soil weight and foundation wall will pass through cement and collect inside the sub-flooring on pipes, fixtures, walls, and even furniture. This moisture is what goes on to cause mildew, mold, and sometimes rot.

While waterproofing can stop this, a dehumidifier can help. Not meant to be your only tool against humidity and moisture under your home, the installation of this device will reduce the amount of moisture in the air and prevent water from collecting on cold surfaces. However, this is not the ultimate solution, using a dehumidifier can be an integral part of the solution to basement and crawlspace water problems.

Home fixture improvements

There are many in-home moisture sources. Many of these are thankfully something that can be fixed and prevented against. Common home fixtures are usually the culprits, and three of the most common are washing machines, hot water heaters, and basement windows.

On average, it is crucial that water heaters be replaced after 7 years because beyond this period, they often start causing a great deal of water problems around the house. If the water heater is in the basement and is leaking, it will always be refilling, something it does automatically. This can lead to massive basement flooding.

Washing machines have hoses used to pump water at high pressure into the unit. Since rubber hoses will not withstand such pressure for long, there is a very good chance that these will rupture at some point down the line. You should, therefore, keep a close eye on your hoses and make sure you install a durable strong hose. Regular maintenance and inspections can help to make sure you don’t have a flood to deal with down the line.

Sometimes basement windows are installed and fitted improperly, and this can lead to a constant flow of water from outside, especially when it is raining. This will need to be corrected to prevent any further damage by the water. In many situations, more drastic measures may need to be taken.

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