So where does water come from?
Two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom really love each other.
You know what I mean. How do you get into your building?
It can either be coming from inside or outside. If water is coming from outside, I recommend reading on for some tips and tricks to waterproof the basement.
Maybe the Mario Bros are here? They have princesses to save and go-karts to race, so are they out of plumbing?
Exterior Basement Waterproofing: Gutters/Downspouts –
The basement is an important part of the plan.
It’s important to make sure your gutters are clean concrete repairs because the amount of time you need to clean them varies.
There were two old maple trees over our house. I need to get up there at least twice a year.
Our current home is newer than that. A tree is not on the block. Get them up there at least once a year to give them a quick clean out to make sure all gunk is clear.
If you have a power washer, bust it out and make quick work of it, otherwise a ladder and garden shovel should be used. Proper safety techniques are used on ladders. There is a good reference here.
If your gutter is not pitched correctly, water will accumulate or flow away from down spouts, causing it to fall over the edges.
If it is falling over the edge of your gutter, you do not have gutter. The water will fall at the base of the house, near the foundation, which is where the gutter are trying to divert it away from. The water will eventually find its way into the basement.
Take note of your gutter performance during your next heavy rain if you suspect your gutter is not pitched properly.
If there is a lot of stuff with a hose, it will not keep up with moderate rain.
Don’t get sloppy on the down spouts now that your gutter is doing well. Every down spout should have an extension.
Most pieces of extra down spout, flexible tubing, or automatic versions which roll during rain are common.
The key to using the flexible tubing version for your home is to make sure it’s away from your foundation and not close to your house.
The pitch of your house is one of the most important parts of basement waterproofing.
It’s simple enough, and it is. People don’t think to look at it. Make sure the grading around your foundation is not too close to your house.
Make sure you add more mulch towards your house and less away from it to create a slope that can carry away water. It’s just enough to let the water flow naturally.
Over time, concrete and asphalt will tend to settle in the wrong direction. Your foundation will be created by this.
Some options are more expensive than others. It’s easier to repair asphalt than it is concrete. Mud-jacking can be used if concrete is an issue. It is one way to avoid completely replacing sunken concrete.
The front stoop is sunken. It didn’t lead to any water in the basement.
Hope these tips helped you on your way to a dry basement.
Have you ever had mudjacking? Let me know if it worked out in the comments section.
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