Due to the positioning of a basement (generally below grade), it’s the most likely place to experience damp and flooding. As we are well aware, this can lead to all kinds of problems such as poor air quality and mold issues, even rotting of the foundations. While there are numerous causes for a damp basement, there are some things that can be done to prevent water from entering. Here are a few of the preventative steps you can take to keep your basement dry:
A major cause of damp basements is water pooling around the homes foundation. Some causes of this are leaky gutters and downspouts. Make sure that they are installed properly and that gutters are cleaned out on a regular basis. Water must be diverted away from the foundation, so downspouts should be positioned so that they drain far enough away from the house so as to prevent pooling, 10 feet away is ideal.
Water pooling could also be caused by an uneven or inadequate grade (slope). If this is the case, you might need to even out some areas.
Another way of diverting water from the house, if you live at the base of a hill or incline, is with small ditches, also known as swales. To stop water run off from reaching the homes foundation, these swales should be around 10 to 15 feet away from the house.
There are many available means of treating a water damaged basement, but we would all agree that doing our best to prevent it as much as we can, is the best course of action. We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have and would be happy to schedule an inspection of your basement.