Most homes are sitting on a treasure trove of useful space: the basement.
However, many basements are damp or leaky, and make unsuitable choices for livable space.
Before you can start any basement remodeling project, you have to keep the water out. For starters, evaluate the perimeter of your house.
You should ensure that the ground next to your foundation slopes away from the foundation, not towards it.
Backfilled dirt around the foundation will typically settle lower than the surrounding dirt causing the ground to sink in and slope towards your house. If necessary, add dirt up against the foundation to create at least a 2″ per foot (that is, a drop of 2″ for each foot you move away) slope against the foundation. Make sure that the top of the dirt is at least six inches below the sill plate so that there is no ground contact which may cause certain building materials to rot in the future. Next, check your gutters and downspouts. Your roof collects a large amount of rainwater and channels it right to the edge of the roof.
If this rainwater is deposited on the ground right next to your foundation, you’ll have problems.
Make sure your gutters are clean, and make sure your downspouts are discharging their water at least 5 feet away from your foundation. Also, Watch out for shrubs and other plants that are too close to your foundation.
Rotted roots can create a path for surface water to flow down to your foundation.
You should keep plantings at least 12″ away from the foundation, and on a slight slope to direct water away from your foundation. If basement leaking persists, call The Crack Wizard.
The Crack Wizard has been waterproofing foundation cracks since 1993, and our repairs are affordable and guaranteed.
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