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When water is leaking into your basement, the space becomes unusable. You can’t take advantage of this part of your house as extra living space, or even for storage. Fortunately, there are proven ways to solve basement water problems. Read on to learn about waterproofing basement floors, and other basement waterproofing details.
Waterproofing basement floors: just one aspect of basement waterproofing
If your basement floors are wet, your first task is to determine where the water is coming from. Sometimes the culprit is a plumbing leak, so it’s important to rule out this possibility before dealing with basement waterproofing issues.
Is water leaking into the basement through cracks in the basement floor slab? A concrete floor with major cracking (wider than 1/8”) can indicate settlement conditions that a foundation repair specialist such as BDry will need to address.
Water on the basement floor doesn’t necessarily mean that the floor is the leakage source. If you can’t see evidence of water coming through cracks in the floor, there are two other common sources: basement walls, and the edge of the basement floor where the slab meets the foundation walls. You will almost always find a seem or gap and this juncture, because the foundation walls and floor slab are built at different times in the construction process.
Taking a holistic approach to basement waterproofing is a better strategy than just focusing on one goal, like waterproofing the basement floor. BDry takes into account all five ways that water can enter your basement.
French drains: An effective way to waterproof basement floors and walls
A French drain is a shallow trench filled with loose gravel and a perforated pipe that carries water to an outlet point. Basement waterproofing contractors often install French drains as part of a waterproofing system for basement floors and walls. These drainage channels are usually installed around the perimeter of the basement floor, and meet at a sump pit where a sump pump can expel collected water to the exterior of your house.