Rainstorms in Virginia are like snow in the North Pole – it’s bound to happen. Another thing that may be bound to happen because of all of the rainfall is a damp or leaky basement. There are many causes and possible explanations for a damp, leaky basement so fortunately there are ways to waterproof your basement to prevent this from happening in the future.
If you are dealing with a damp, moldy basement, you may have some condensation problems in your basement. Good honest contractors in Richmond, like JES, would recommend the combination of air filtration and dehumidifier systems to help attack the mold, mildew and mustiness of your basement. There may also be underlying foundation cracks and/or plumbing issues that may also need addressed.
If you are dealing with the latter, especially foundation cracks, then you may benefit from the installation of slab or helical piers, which are both designed to fight the cracks in your foundation due moisture, soil and other factors. Contractors can install both of these piers year-round and both will not only solve your leak problems, but also increase the value of your property.
Another reason that may result in a flooded basement is because of clogged gutters and downspouts … or the lack thereof. This is what experts refer to exterior basement waterproofing. Making sure that rain water is swept away from the foundation of your home will also benefit you in the long run, so this is important whether the gutters and downspouts are installed and in working order or if they are clogged. Be sure to conduct proper maintenance on your existing gutters so that you can rule out a clog as a reason for your water problems.
Although these points touch on a few waterproof basement floor suggestions, every house and instance is going to be different. Your problem may be one of the above, none of the above or even a combination of both. Other common repairs and problems include: cracked wall repair, basement crack repair, French drain installation, sump pumps, basement foundation repair, basement wall repair, a leaky basement, or a flooded basement. Regardless of the reason, it is always best to take care of a leaky or damp basement as soon as possible to prevent future harm to your home and its foundation.