Repair and Waterproofing Your Basement Before Winter

Is My Home ready For a Change In Seasons?

Can You Believe it’s September already?

With fall rains on the way, and (ugh) the freeze of winter, it’s a great time to think about repairing and waterproofing your basement.

The basement-the very foundation of your home-is usually the first place to be damaged by water. Routine repairs can prevent catastrophes later on and save you the costs (and stress) of unexpected damages.

Most of the problems in basements stem from water-related issues, and flooding typically happens in the fall and spring. Because water issues tend to accumulate over many years, and one major rain (or snow) storm can accelerate the process quickly, severe basement damage can occur suddenly without warning.

To avoid these issues, now is the perfect time to make sure that your basement is waterproofed, leak and crack-free, and has proper drainage systems in place.

So, don’t wait until a flood occurs. Or thin cracks turn into crumbling concrete. Or a pipe bursts. Or a mold problem gets out of control.

You can avoid higher costs later by being proactive now!

Hire an expert to assess if your basement needs any of these five simple repairs:

1) Fix cracks in the cement foundation

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  • As your house settles and stands up to seasons of New England weather, cracks form in the concrete
  • Fixing cracks in the concrete, while they are small, means you won’t have to deal with possible structural cracks down the road
  • To strengthen your foundation and keep your basement waterproofed, have an expert inject foundation cracks and repair concrete cracks while they’re still small

2) Seal the foundation walls and floor in your basement

  • To avoid problems of mold and moisture, and to strengthen your foundation, apply a concrete sealer
  • Sealing the pores and capillaries in the concrete will stop the wicking process in the foundation walls and floor and will reduce moisture intrusion
  • Sealers designed to fill the concrete and react with the components of the concrete also will stop radon gas from coming through

3) Fix water leaks

 

  • All homes face the potential of water leaking in from the basement walls and floors, whether your home’s foundation is made from poured concrete, stone, block, or is monolithic
  • Hire an expert any leaks, determine their cause, and make the repairs necessary to stop them

4) Install a basement water pump

  • If your basement lacks proper drainage, installing a basement sump pump can be a great option
  • A sump pump, installed in the lowest part of a basement, keeps the area under your home dry and does a great job preventing flooding

5) Install floor drains in your basement

  • while interior floor drains are often installed when a house is built, you may need additional drains in your basement flooring around the  of your home to ensure proper water drainage
  • installing a basement floor drain in an existing home requires heavy equipment and is best left to professionals 

Making these repairs now will also save you money in the long run, avoiding disaster before it occurs while increasing the value of your home!

Keep your basement and your home dry, sturdy, and mold-free! 

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