A damp basement can cause trouble to the structure, your health, and even the environment. A wet basement results to molding and if not controlled after realizing it can as well damage the stability of the foundation and weaken the structure. Mold can attack and also destroy wood and fabric, and that’s why dampness is so devastating. Dampness can lead even to a serious problem to our health especially our brain system. When one is exposed to mold, the results are severe memory impairment. Inability to remember things is very dangerous in our life, and that’s why it’s important to learn how we can get rid of dampness in our basements. At the end of this article, you will be in a position to keep your environment clean and also secure to your health.
In most cases basement is used for storage or habitable accommodation, and it is, therefore, important to make sure the basement will not have a future problem of especially water. That is why waterproofing is an essential consideration for anyone planning to set any structure with a cellar. There are few things you should consider before setting structure to prevent dampness in your basement. These will also save you the unnecessary boatload of money.
They play a significant role in the prevention of basement flooding. A good gutter system will make sure that water is deposited away before reaching underground.
That is another thing you should put into consideration, and you should regularly check the break that the water comes in through.
To make sure your basement is free from flooding, it should be designed and built from well graded waterproof concretes. These are concrete blocks or blocks with concrete infill. The following are some preventive basement waterproofing methods that we are going to discuss them briefly.
- Interior waterproofing method
It is the most preferred since its cheap and also doesn’t involve exterior excavation. It is also known us water control method since it doesn’t stop water from entering the basement. Instead, it deals with the management of water after entering the walls. Weeping tiles are installed to direct the water from the basement to a sump pump system.
- Exterior waterproofing or excavation
Excavation takes place to identify the cause and then apply hydraulic cement to take care of the affected areas and also install drainage tiles. This method also addresses the hydrostatic pressure and stops the water entering the basement.
- Crack injection
These works better for poured concrete foundations by using epoxy or polyurethane injections to take care of the cracks.
Actual basement waterproofing requires three major steps; drying the basement, sealing the basement and finally fixing any additional problem. Drying the basement is using pumping system to remove the water from the ground to allow you identify the cracks or the course of the dampness. After draining the basement, now you are in a position to seal any visible cracks from the inside of the foundation and basement walls. After sealing one should checks for the extra parts that needs repair.
It is always advisable to ask help from experts who have gained experience in that field since the process may involve risk. Check your basement regularly to see if it meets the required standard.