It’s common in the Chesapeake to see floods and rising groundwater into basements. That’s why the Accurate Builders of the Chesapeake specialize in basement waterproofing. Did you know that the average household can shed more than 2,000 gallons of water during a heavy rainstorm? Where does all that water go? That answer depends on your gutters, landscape surrounding your home, and the components in your basement. In this post, we’ll be sharing some common ways to waterproof your basement. If you’re in need of basement waterproofing services, give us a call today!
Six ways to help waterproof your basement!
Purchase the best sump pump for your basement waterproofing needs
If you don’t already have a sump pump while living in the Chesapeake, you may want to go purchase one. A sump pump removes any water that may find its way into your basement through a drainage system and back outside. In most cases, you will want to find a combination primary and battery-backup pumps to keep your basement dry.
Find a battery-powered backup pump in case the power goes out
When you need a sump pump the most, the power will probably be out. This means that your primary, electric-powered sump pump will not work. This is where a battery-backup pump comes in handy to keep your basement dry during a flood or an increase in rising groundwater.
Crawl spaces need to have a drainage system as well as liners
It’s common to spread liners throughout a crawl space, but you need to also install a drainage system to combat standing water. A liner without drainage will collect water and create an opportunity for mildew, mold, and water damage in the future. Install a drainage system with the liner and your crawl space will stay dry.
Excavate your home landscape to slope away from the foundation
As water flows off your roof, it will follow the slope of the landscape. Which way does your landscape slope? Take a look at your property after a heavy rain. Do you see any puddles, light flooding, or potential water hazards running towards your home? Excavate these areas, too, and redirect any potential water away from your home — towards your neighbor’s house tends to work best.
You may need a steel I-beam to repair a failing basement structure
If your basement has sustained enough water damage, you may need to reinforce the structure. Steel I-beam installation helps add strength and integrity back your basement without the cost of a complete basement restoration.
Make sure window wells are properly drained
Finally, homeowners tend to replace basement windows more often than they need to. When they find leaks through or around the windows, they immediately think the window seal is causing the problem. In most cases, their window wells have not been drained properly or at all. Window wells need sufficient drainage systems to keep the accumulating water during rainstorms or flooding to stay out of your basement.
Basement waterproofing experts in Glen Burnie!
Accurate Builders of the Chesapeake specialize in all the suggestions above. So if you don’t want to take the DIY route or simply don’t have the time to properly waterproof your basement, call us! We’ve got more than 20 years in the industry and can help you with your waterproofing needs.