Hey, everyone. It’s been quite some time and I apologize for being absent from this blog lately.
The past weeks have been really crazy – the relentless rains caused a flood in our basement, and since that’s our makeshift office, where we keep a lot of our electronics there, which got soaked and damaged.
I mainly use the laptop for blogging, but since I carelessly left it on the floor (who doesn’t like working while sitting on a soft rug?) that night, guess what immediately got wet. We didn’t know that the basement was flooded until morning came, and we spent the past few weeks trying to drain the water all out.
A friend of ours recommended that we waterproof our home in order to prevent any disaster like this from happening again, and the hubby and I were really interested in his recommendations that we decided to do more research on basement waterproofing. After days of planning, we eventually put all our research to the test and successfully waterproofed our basement.
Here’s what we went through when we decided to waterproof our basement:
Step One: Leakage may be caused by the water pressure, especially if there’s too much water around the area. It may even be caused by a leaky pipe. First, you have to look for the source of the leak.
- Take a look at the slope and levels around the foundation of your home. If the ground slopes toward your home, you can be certain that water would be running downhill and pooling against your walls, thus the leakage. In order to remedy this, you have to level the soil or place a French drain to keep water away from your
- Go up the roof and clean up your gutters! Too much stuff and debris found in the gutters may cause the water to flow off the gutter’s edge and pool up on the sides of your home. In order to make sure that the water flows away from your home, the gutter must discharge water at least a meter and a half away from your home’s foundation.
- Plant roots found next to the foundation may be a cause of leakage as well. Roots may sometimes break the foundation or hold the water in the soil. Keep plants away from the foundation.
Step Two: Intermittent leaks may also be the cause of floods or dampness (which leads to molds and fungus, ick!) so make sure that you use a good sealant on your walls. There are some waterproofing products, and there are sealers. These are the two things that you need the most. Strip off the paint or other substances from the walls so that your sealer will not clash with any of the ingredients. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the dilution of the product and apply it to the concrete with the use of a roller or a spray.
Step Three: Make sure you seal up the cracks in the wall. Chip off the wet concrete and use a sealing agent, such as epoxy or a plug.
Step Four: A sump pump is essential in order to pump water out of the basement in case of flooding. However, this isn’t for amateurs and should be left to the hands of an expert.
Our job was put to the test after two days of heavy rains, and we didn’t notice any leaking or flooding, so it was probably a job well done. One thing I recommend is that you should not wait for flooding to happen. Check out your basement for signs of dampness, molds and mildew or possible cracks in the foundation, and take care of these while you still can. There’s nothing worse than cleaning a flooded basement!
In the event that you go DIY and still experience dampness or flooding, you may want to call the professionals to help you.