by Clare Louise

The basement is a very essential part of a building. It can be described as a part of the foundation. The state of a basement determines the overall functionality of a building. A well-kept and safeguarded basement makes a building stable and a safe dwelling place.

It is important that as a homeowner or occupant, you regularly check your basement for signs of damage or water leaks. Water leaks in the basement can weaken the strength of the structure. When overlooked, this drastically reduces the building’s lifespan and market value.

To safeguard the life of your house occupants and your property’s value, it is recommended you invest in basement waterproofing. With a waterproofed basement, your family and possessions are safe and protected from water hazards. It also helps to prevent losses bound to be incurred in case of water damage in your basement.

What do you do when water comes in your basement?

Sometimes, water damage may be hard to detect until it has reached a critical stage. You should check your basement frequently for signs of water leaks. If you notice your basement has been damaged by water, you should immediately follow these 5 solutions for fixing a leaking basement:

  • Solution 1: Identify the source of the problem

You need to find out where the water is coming from. If you it is from a leaking pipe or shut-off valve, you will be needing a plumber to fix it. If the water source is from the basement walls or floor, then you need the services of Aquamaster for basement waterproofing. 

  • Solution 2: Add a metal/plastic gutter extension or underground drain pipe

A plastic/metal gutter extension is a temporary solution to water damage as they can be easily damaged. An underground drain pipe is a more permanent solution. These gutter extensions can help you guide water farther away from your house.

  • Solution 3: Create an interior drain system

This can be done yourself. You have to create a channel around the perimeters of the basement floor and firmly place a perforated pipe in the opening. This pipe allows water to the pumped outside your building.

  • Solution 4: Plug cracks and gaps

The cracks and gaps in a basement makes it easy for water to seep in. You can plug whatever opening your basement have with hydraulic cement or polyurethane chalk. This solution is suitable for leakages from holes on walls.

  • Solution 5: Waterproof your basement

This is one of the easiest and economical solution for a leaking basement. The application of sealant materials to your basement prevents water from penetrating or dribbling into your basement. 

You can contact Aquamaster for your basement waterproofing and more tips on preventing water damage in your house.