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What To Do About Leaky Basement
Water is the common enemy of basement walls. They can destroy and penetrate through any wall by means of seeping through the leaks. But what do when we have a leak in the basement? Previous articles have shown us that we should waterproof the basement in order for us to prevent leaks. But when leaks get serious, here’s what we should do in order to fix a leaky basement:
- Clean the gutters and the downspouts.
If you have confirmed that you have a leak on your basement walls, clear the downspouts and gutters for any debris or dried leaves that have blocked the path of water. Overflowing of the gutters may be the reason why water has leaked through your walls.
- Check the patios, driveway and paths
Hire a contractor or a landscaper to check if the patios, driveways and paths are sloped properly. You may apply a new layer depending on the integrity of the patio or driveway.
- Install a French Drain
A good way to divert water is by the use of a French drain. Dig 8-12 inch deep of land to place your French drain. Stick it to the downspouts and every place where water comes out so that it diverts the water that the house collects far from the basement.
- Waterproof your Basement Walls
Now this part is quite tricky and expensive because you actually need to dig on the outside part of your home to get to the foundation. You will need waterproofing solutions and apply it on the outside walls to make sure that no water comes in again.
- Install sump pumps
Sump pumps serve as a final resort for the flooding basements. They are placed at the lowest part of the basement where they turn on automatically when water hits the basement, although sump pumps has risks when not installed properly, sump pumps provide as the basement’s defense mechanism for a flood.
Fixing leaky basements requires very hard work. Which is why everyone must maintain the basement walls each time and check for leaks gradually.