Basement waterproofing is one of those topics that as a homeowner, you know is important yet you don’t always seem to get around to doing it unless a problem comes up. That ‘problem’ is a wet basement, and it can really cause some frustration and anger if it happens to you, especially if your basement is finished and fully furnished.
Of course, wet basements don’t just happen out of the blue for no reason. In the interest of keeping your basement waterproofing efforts worth your time and money, here are some of the most common reasons for a wet basement.
This one is pretty straightforward. If you have pipes that have sprung a leak and they happen to be located in your basement, you’ll end up with a wet basement. Do yourself a favour and schedule regular inspections to keep your pipes leak-free.
If the rain water from that big downpour or the melted snow isn’t directed away from the house properly, it could end up in your basement. This is definitely one of the most common reasons for wet basements, and should be on your mind when you’re formulating a basement waterproofing plan. Cracks in the foundation can also result in runoff finding its way into your basement.
If you happen to have uninsulated cold water pipes or the foundation walls are cool and you have a lot of moisture in the air, you may end up with a condensation problem. This can result in a damp carpet, walls and appliances. Condensation is also known as sweating.
The gutters on your roof can also contribute to a wet basement. Even though they seem pretty far away from the basement, if they don’t drain down through the downspouts properly, that water could end up in the basement. Downspouts should drain at least four feet away from the house to ensure the water doesn’t get inside.
Clogged Basement Drain
If that drain that you barely notice in your basement becomes clogged, you may be looking at a back up and moisture problem. The drain is located in the laundry room area, and they can become clogged with all sorts of different materials, including roots and silt. Make sure you and your plumber consider the drain in your basement waterproofing plans. It only takes one weak area to give you a wet basement and all the problems that come along with it.