After hearing news of so many severe weather events around the world, you may have decided to start making sure that your home is safe in the event of a hurricane or severe lightning storms. One of the first things you may decide to do is to make sure that your basement is protected from water. Here are some ways to do that.
Do a Foil Test
If you regularly see wet patches on the floor or walls of your basement, you need to determine where the water is coming from, so you know how to handle it. To do this, you can do a foil test. Take a small patch of aluminum foil and tape it to the wall or part of the floor where you usually see water. Leave the foil there overnight. When you look at the foil again, take note of which side of the foil has water droplets on it.
If the water is on the part of the foil facing you, the water is from condensation. This can be remedied by drying out the air in your basement. For instance, you can use a dehumidifier or a fan. If the water has collected between the foil and the wall or floor, water is coming into your house from the outside and you need to take steps to seal off your basement from outside elements.
Make Outside Changes
If you've determined that water is seeping into your basement from the outside, you first need to walk around the perimeter of your home. This will help you determine whether you can make any changes to the area to keep water away from the basement. Are there any visible cracks that need to be filled? Does water from downspouts pool at the base of your house?
Start doing what you can to keep water away from the foundation of your home. For instance, get downspout extenders which draw water further away from your basement. Plant shrubs that will collect water when rain falls. However, don't plant too densely; doing so will make it difficult for the sun to reach the soil and dry it out.
Seal the Floor and Walls
To help your basement stay dry, it's a good idea to use waterproofing paint that can seal off floors and walls. The paint can fill minor cracks so that water can no longer enter the basement.
Use the information in this article to help you keep water out of your basement. If you want to be more confident that your basement is protected, contact a local basement waterproofing contractor to make sure that the area is secure.