CT Basement Remodeling: Steps to Avoid Basement Leaks
By Your Fiderio Expert Aug 20, 2014
Wet or damp basements are a common problem in both new and old homes, although the problem is more prevalent in older homes. Wet basements create mold, mildew, and ruin flooring and wall materials. They prevent a necessary space like a basement from being used to the fullest potential. Even worse, a wet basement and wet basement wall can become a structural liability if not resolved and will often prevent a home from being sold.
Basement waterproofing is inexpensive and easy to install as the home is being built. However for an existing home adding basement waterproofing is very expensive because it requires extensive excavation and landscape repairs.
There is good news though: not all wet or leaky basements require adding waterproofing or new foundation drainage systems as a solution. Very often the source of wet basement walls or a leaky basement is on the exterior of the home, above the ground and easily repaired by a professional CT contractor. You may find that very simple things like improper roof drainage, improper ground slope or even your neighbor’s drainage may be causing your problem. Check out tips below to learn how to prevent those pesky CT basement leaks.
If your gutters are clogged with debris, rainwater and melted snow or ice has nowhere to go and often spills over the gutter’s edge onto the ground near your home. This may not seem terribly damaging; however, over time, the excess spillage can seep into your foundation and cause buckling, cracking or shifting, which in turn may cost thousands of dollars to repair. Even a single rainstorm with dysfunctional gutters can significantly erode landscaping. The misdirected rainwater can also find its way into your basement and cause interior damage, but with gutter covers, you won’t lose any sleep over those troublesome scenarios.
Extend your downspouts away from the house by attaching the black, corrugated plastic pipe that you can get at any home improvement store. The pipes should extend at least 10 feet away from your house or any other structures.
Change the Grade
Many homeowners forget to check this when they research basement leaks- Make the sure surrounding soil is pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that water drains toward your yard instead of your foundation. Simply add soil and rake it smooth, until the grade is highest around the house’s perimeter.
Get Rid of Excess Humidity
When humid air in the basement comes in contact with cool surfaces like concrete or block walls, concrete floors or cold water pipes, it condenses into water. Then the condensation drips off pipes and runs down walls, leaving your basement wet and clammy. The humid air that causes condensation can come from outdoors, or indoors from a leaking dryer vent, an unvented shower or even a humidifier left on by mistake. Water droplets forming on cold water pipes or the outside of your toilet are a clear indication that at least part of your wet basement problem is caused by condensation.
Eliminating the sources of humid air will help dry out your basement. Repair and seal your leaking dryer vent. Add a vent fan to your basement bathroom and make sure your family turns it on during showers. Keep your basement windows closed during humid weather. And if you’re still getting condensation on cool surfaces, run a dehumidifier to lower the indoor humidity. Air conditioning also dehumidifies air, so if you have central air conditioning, make sure the basement registers are open. Consider adding air conditioning ducts to the basement if you don’t have any.
Check Your Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump, make sure it’s working by opening the cover and pulling up on the float. You should then hear the motor running. If it does not run, make sure it’s plugged in to an outlet and check your circuit breakers. If it still doesn’t work, have it replaced.
Fiderio & Sons
An unfinished basement (or a basement that is damp, dark and dingy) is a waste of valuable space in your home. With the help of Fiderio & Sons ct basement remodeling, you can turn your basement into a bright, warm and comfortable space that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. All for less than you might expect.
Over the past 30-plus years we have helped thousands of our neighbors across Connecticut to get the most out of their basement space. Whether it is a total conversion of an unfinished basement, or remodeling a tired and damp basement room, our interior design experts can develop a great plan for your home.