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By: Jason Lom
In many parts of the country, basement flooding is a major concern. With the rise in major storms and even hurricanes in places where they haven't been seen for decades, more and more people are concerned about basement waterproofing before a major storm hits their area. There is a good reason for this of course. As the saying goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." 

This saying definitely applies to waterproofing your lower level. Taking preventative steps now can save you thousands of dollars in damage and cleanup later, not to mention hours of time and headache cleaning up the mess, replacing lost valuables, etc. With this in mind, here are 4 steps you can take immediately to insure that your lower level is ready when the big storm hits:

1. Keep Your Gutters Clean

When it comes to basement waterproofing, many people fail to make the connection between clean gutters and a water resistant lower level, but this step is critically important. If your gutters are full of leaves and other junk, there is a greater chance of water buildup, which can seep into the walls of your basement, causing moisture and eventual flooding. Make sure that your gutters are not only clean, but that they are set up to drain the water as far away from the house as possible.

2. Repair Cracks in the Foundation

Many people often fail to address cracks in their foundation because they view them as minor issues that aren't really any big deal. And while a tiny crack may not be an immediate concern, foundation cracks tend to become larger over time. When the crack gets big enough, it can become a gateway for large amounts of moisture to land in your lower level. To prevent this from happening, check frequently for foundation cracks and make sure they are fixed before they turn into a large problem.

3. Dry the Inside of the Basement

After the gutters and foundation are addressed, it's time to start the actual interior basement waterproofing. This begins with drying out your entire lower level. Many basements are damp due to a number of factors like being below ground, cooking downstairs, using a washing machine, etc. For most of these issues, a good dehumidifier should be able to get your lower level dried out.

4. Basement Sealing

Once the lower level is dried out to your satisfaction, it's time to seal up your downstairs level as much as possible to prevent moisture coming in later. This normally involves plugging all visible cracks in the walls and other parts of the foundation, then locating all other potential areas of moisture leak like pipes, ducts and windows and sealing them with calk. Finally, you may want to take the optional step of applying waterproofing paint to the walls in your lower level.

After taking all these steps, you should be well prepared for the next storm. However, if you believe some of these tasks are beyond your ability to perform or you need more in depth lower level water prevention, you may want to call in the services of a reputable basement waterproofing contractor.


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