Many homeowners tend to neglect their basement somewhat — they simply leave it as a damp and leaky room underneath the house, rather than utilising its potential and it turning into a truly fantastic addition to the house.
If you’ve got plans to turn your basement into something great (perhaps a theatre or game room), you will first want to make sure that it’s completely waterproof.
Here are some effective ways to do this:
Check for Rooted Plants
Scope out the perimeter of your house for shrubs, bushes and other rooted plants; if you notice any close to your house’s foundation, remove them. These plants could be creating a direct pathway for water to flow from the ground right into your basement.
To be safe, try to maintain a perimeter of around half a metre around your house where there are absolutely no rooted plants.
Patch up Minor Leaks with Waterproof Paint
Find a waterproofing paint or chemical coating that you can apply to the inner walls of your basement. If you notice any particularly damp or leaky patches (but no obvious cracks or holes), paint over the area with the waterproof solution; this will most likely take care of the leak.
Check for Cracks in the Walls
Do a quick inspection (both inside and outside) for cracks, particularly close to the areas where pipes are connected.
If you notice any cracks, you will want to patch these up. For the best results, hire a professional service to do this for you. However, if you prefer the DIY approach, you can use an epoxy repair kit to patch the wall up (be wary that this method might not be reliable in the long-term).
Check for Pits around the House
Once again, scope out the perimeter of your house. This time your focus will be on the bottoms of the outer walls.
Look for pits in the surrounding soil. If you notice a region where the ground is sloping into the house (rather than away from it), this is providing an area where water can pool up right against the foundation of your house.
If you find these pits, use dirt to build up the area until there is a significant slope leading away from the house. The idea is to create a downward slope for water to flow away from the house, so you will want to build the dirt up to a few centimetres. If you can stop water from pooling up right next to your house, you will have solved a big part of the problem.
If you have specific questions about waterproofing areas in a home, talk with a contractor from a company like Smithy’s Contracting Pty Ltd.