You’ve tried sealing your basement yourself, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. Your basement walls are still damp and now there’s water on the floor! Wet basements can be a pain in the neck if they’re not fixed quickly. If you’re not sure what to do about a wet basement, consider calling a professional. You may be in need of interior waterproofing and we are here to help!
First, you need to find out where the moisture is coming from. Is it simply humidity that’s making your basement walls or floor damp or is the moisture leaking in from the outside? An easy way to check where the moisture is coming from is to take aluminum foil, tape it to the bottom or top of your basement walls (wherever the water seems to be coming from), and leave it there for 24 hours. If there’s condensation on the outside of the foil, you have a high humidity problem and may need a dehumidifier. If the foil has condensation on the inside, this could mean that the soils in your foundation have naturally high moisture levels. In this case, waterproofing your basement is a good idea.
Installing a drainage system in your basement can be costly, so it’s important to catch it early. Nothing will work until you properly seal gaps and cracks in your basement. You should also be sure that any problems with your foundation, such as sinking, settlement, or cracks, have been taken care of, as these can lead to water leakage and other moisture-related issues. Have your home inspected, to find the source of the problem, them once you have determined where the problem is coming from, it is time to consider some interior drainage options.
One method for small issues is to have your basement walls painted with concrete waterproofing coatings. Once these are dry, they’re thick, and will stick permanently to masonry or concrete walls. Silicate-based concrete sealers, or densifiers, soak into the wall and chemically react with your wall, creating a permanent sealer on brick or concrete.
If your basement water issues are more serious, you may need to install an interior drainage system. These systems are used to collect any water that leaks into your basement and re-route it away from your home. A vapor barrier may also help to keep your home dry. Vapor barriers are damp-proofing materials, usually made out of plastic or aluminum sheeting, that are installed along walls and in crawl spaces to seal out moisture. Although they are normally used in crawlspaces to prevent moisture from entering, they can be installed along the entire length of your foundation and basement walls to create a continuous vapor barrier. Plastic sheets and panels are used only when you need to combine your basement waterproofing with interior basement drainage systems. They can’t stop water from leaking through your walls, but they will prevent water from coming into your basement from the floor.
We also offer Santa Fe dehumidifiers, which are a perfect tool to keep your basement or crawlspace free from mold and mildew. They prevent wet and damp basement and crawlspace problems for your Ohio and Pennsylvania home or business. Partnered with our other great interior waterproofing tools, a dehumidifier can help you maintain a dry basement or crawlspace.
If you need interior drainage or interior waterproofing solutions, call us now! We’ll make sure your problem is fixed and your home is repaired! We offer affordable financial plans to assist you with waterproofing costs. Contact Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services today for more information!