Did your basement flood on Monday with the torrential storms that swept across Central Ohio? It may not occur frequently, but even once might be enough to damage your stuff and your environment. Water and moisture in the attic may cause mildew to develop, wood rot, and even attract rodents into your house.
To prevent further damage to your house, you must have an effective basement waterproofing system. However, what exactly is a basement waterproofing system? Because no two basement water problems are the same, no two remedies are the same. There are several methods for keeping water out, but we’ve created a list of the five essential components of an efficient basement waterproofing system for you below.
Gutters & Downspouts
The construction of a dry basement begins outside the home. It is critical to have proper drainage around the foundation. A few easy methods to prevent rainwater from entering the basement: Gutters that are clean and functional Downspout extensions that can divert rainwater at least 3 feet away from the foundation are recommended.
A good sump pump must be dependable. You must have confidence that your sump pump will not fail you during severe rains. A good sump pump should have the following characteristics:
Pumps solids up to 1/2″ in diameter and has a cast-iron body. Float switch, mechanical (more reliable), Non-clogging discharge pipes and an airtight cover prevent evaporation.
Not all dehumidifiers are the same. When it comes to regulating the humidity level in the basement, you’ll need a device that’s mainly developed for high-moisture environments. When selecting a basement dehumidifier, check for the following features: Energy Star rating, which indicates lower energy expenses, self-draining, automatic shut-off, high capacity, and air filtration to guard against allergies and mold spores.
When selecting a drainage system, check for the following features: Interior drainage that has been patented or proved Non-clogging design, With a sump pump and a transferable warranty.
There are no watertight basement windows. Waterproof windows, light-maximizing window wells, and window well coverings to keep out rainfall and debris are all options for preventing water from leaking into the basement through the windows while allowing more light in.
An efficient basement waterproofing solution is tailored to the home’s unique challenges.