Moisture in your basement leads to trouble: time-consuming repairs, structural problems, mold infestation, ruined possessions. Is it really possible to dry out a basement simply by sealing the walls? Yes it is but you need to have a proper assessment of your home’s conditions and building materials. Professional basement waterproofing companies such as American Eagle in Glen Burnie will evaluate and offer solutions that could include:
Steps that can be taken to keep water out of your basement from the inside the home like sealants and coatings, as well as methods to prevent condensation.
Interior solutions typically begin with sealing any holes: basement walls, floors, and around windows. Properly sealing them is the first step towards preventing any new moisture from traveling inside and keeping your basement dry.
Interior waterproof sealants prevent an accumulation of condensation and also do a good job at keeping humidity levels down. These coatings can be put onto basement walls and floors creating a waterproof barrier. While these interior methods are a crucial step in the overall waterproofing process, they do not address the underlying problems causing the moisture. American Eagle Services want to identify and solve all the issues and bigger problems are usually found outside.
In your situation, extra steps may be needed to prevent outdoor moisture from breaching your perimeter in the first place. The cheapest and easiest step is to maintain the gutters. Clogged downspouts, or gutters that misdirect rain to close to your foundation can lead to wet basements.
A professional basement waterproofing company may suggest coating the exterior walls with a waterproof barrier. This method is messier and more complicated; exterior waterproofing typically requires the excavation of the soil surrounding the foundation of the home. Once all the soil around the foundation has been removed, a waterproof sealant can be applied to the exterior walls for long lasting results.
Improve The Drainage
Sometimes you need to look further out to control basement moisture– in the garden. If your home is situated in a low area on your property, rain will always flow toward the house. Driveways, sidewalks and other impervious cover will further add to the amount. These drainage issues might require 1) repairing a poorly functioning drainage system or 2) adding additional infrastructure to your existing drainage system.
Depending on your specific situation, it may be necessary to install a sump pump to collect water from the inside and pump it away. These interior drainage systems collect water from around your foundation and pump it out away from your basement. Every home is different, so having an experienced team like American Eagle is helpful to understand the scope of your problem. A truly effective waterproofing system might need all three methods.
Summer is the perfect time to address your moisture issues. American Eagle Professional Services provides quality basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and mold control in Maryland. Contact us to set up an inspection to reveal the causes and options to control moisture in your basement.