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Discovered Wet Basement Walls? Follow These Steps! | Chevy Chase, MD

Nov 16, 2015 | Services

Have you recently discovered wet basement walls in your home? If so, then you’re probably feeling understandably worried. Perhaps you’re concerned that water problems in your home are going to damage your foundation, harm your indoor air quality, or even lead to a mold problem. Before you go into panic mode, understand that there are plenty of possible solutions to the issue of wet walls in your basement. Start by looking into these potential solutions and working with a professional to determine the best course of action for your needs and budget.

 

Check Gutters and Downspouts

First of all, understand that basement moisture problems can very well be caused by poor roof and gutter drainage. In fact, this is one of the easiest and cheapest fixes, which is why it’s generally recommended that you start here. Either get on a ladder yourself and check out your gutters or hiring a roofing professional to do it for you; specifically, be on the lookout for clogs or problems with your downspouts. Make sure, for example, that downspouts are carrying water at least five feet away from your home’s foundation.

If not, then downspout extensions and/or a gutter cleaning could be the simple fix to your wet basement wall problem.

 

Consider Interior Drainage Solutions

If your solution isn’t quite this simple, then it’s time to move on to other potential causes of your basement moisture issue. If there’s no simple way to keep water from coming into your basement (for example, your home is located at the bottom of a slope and there’s no affordable way to change the landscape), then you might need to install an interior drainage system.

One common option in terms of interior drainage is that of installing a sump pump. Specifically, this involves having a small channel drilled into the floor of your basement; this channel carries water swiftly out and away from the home itself. This isn’t always the most ideal solution, as it does tend to cost a few thousand dollars and can create an eyesore in finished basement spaces. However, it’s a great alternative if you have outdoor patios, decking, or landscaping that you don’t want to tear up to install an exterior drainage system.

 

Explore Full Basement Waterproofing

Last but not least, there’s always the option of having your basement walls waterproofed. There are many different forms of waterproofing systems available, ranging from sprays and paints that are applied to the walls themselves to more involved systems, such as French drains. The costs of these can vary greatly depending on the size of your basement and your specific needs, but the French drain system tends to be the more expensive option, as it often requires the digging up of outdoor landscaping.

Generally, the best way to determine the most cost-effective and long-term solution for your home’s wet basement problem is to work with a professional waterproofing company. They’ll be able to send some experts out to assess the problem and then come up with a series of options in addition to a recommendation based on the homeowner’s specific budget. From there, you can rest assured that, when all is said and done, your home’s basement will be protected from future water damage. As a result, you’ll be able to breathe a sigh of relief and avoid potentially expensive foundation damage, mold, and other issues.

If you’re looking for assistance with resolving your wet basement problems, be sure to contact us as soon as possible. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment at your convenience to assess your home and determine the best course of action.

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