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By: Jason Lom
The leak in the basement is driving you crazy, but the estimate prices you've received might just be the push you need to admit yourself into a psychiatric hospital. You're between a rock and a hard place, and you decide to get out of it, and take on the basement waterproofing job yourself.

If you are reading this then I'm sure you're mind has been made up firmly and you have ignored the negative views of your family and friends about your lack of experience in basement waterproofing. Because you know you can do it on your own, you know you can. So it does not and will not help at all if this article will also firmly state that basement waterproofing is best to be done by the professionals. But if you still choose to waterproof your basement on your own then you may just end up spending more on your mistake, but still I digress.

Waterproofing your basement, how is it done?

Find the source of the leak. This is done by thorough evaluation of your gutters, downspouts, and other house drainage systems, as a broken drainage system can cause infiltration of water into your basement. The soil around your foundation could be the problem as well, as the grade of the soil and its direction, which should be sloping away from your foundation, can cause infiltration as well.

Slopes ought to be a minimum drop of two feet away from your foundation, the top layer of dirt, at least six inches under the sill plate to not only avoid ground contact but also to ensure that building materials are preserved. All plants should be relocated to a distance of 12 feet or more, to avoid water collection.

Your downspouts should be able to drain the water at a minimum of five feet away from the foundation of your house, and your gutters should be kept really spotless. It is really important to maintain your drainage systems.

Take care of wall defects. When basement waterproofing, taking care of crack and crevices in the wall, by the use of sealants, can be a quick fix. Epoxy and polyurethane injections can be used with these types of repairs as they penetrate deep inside the opening from the inside out.

There are sealants that are rubber based that when dried can form a thick layer over the wall cracks. There are a lot of products that are available on the market and it is really best to do some research for the one that will be great for your basement waterproofing needs.

Installation of a sump pump. This is another method, which homeowners use to get rid of basement leakage. The concept is really quite simple, when the level of the water reaches a certain point the sump pump activates, and redirects the water outside your home. The tricky part however is its actual installation, which involve jackhammering through your basement floor, lining around it, wiring it up and connecting it to an outlet, and most importantly making sure the drainage is more than ten feet away from your foundation. If you're planning to do this. Don't. Get an expert.

There are many other methods being used today, by do-it-yourself, basement waterproofing home owners. These are the popular few. Do-it-yourself home repairs give homeowners a sense of pride, especially when the ending is successful. However, if waterproofing your basement becomes too difficult, call in an expert, don't let pride take more money out of your pockets.


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