Your home is your castle and your fortress against outside threats including adverse weather, moisture, and water damage. Moisture intrusion into your home can cause damage to its structure and materials, leaving moisture and dry rot in addition to mold and mildew growth. Here are some recommended steps to keep your home interior and basement protected from moisture leaks and its damage.
Watch for Problems
To protect your home interior from moisture, you should do all you can to watch for signs of intrusion. This include looking for roof leaks during winter that can occur when ice dams form on your roof. An ice dam appears as a thick, dark layer of ice visible from the edge of your roof shingles and also a curtain of icicles hanging.
Look for moisture in your basement, such as on the surface of concrete or unfinished walls or seeping through small foundation cracks. Moisture can also come through the base of your foundation walls. And if you see water pooling around your foundation's exterior during wet weather, this can be am indication of future moisture intrusion to your basement.
Hire Professional Maintenance
If you experience any moisture intrusion problems, you can hire an exterior waterproofing professional to add protection to and maintain your home's foundation, walls, or roof, respectively, to prevent problems. A waterproofing contractor can apply a foundation epoxy sealant to penetrate into the porous concrete surface and block the flow of moisture through your foundation from the outside and inside.
Depending on the soil's water table in your area or the presence of a nearby body of water, you may need to have a sump pump and drain tile installed either inside your basement floors or on the outside of your home. These options will drain water away from your home and keep it out of your basement.
Slope Your Foundation's Landscaping
As a homeowner, you have a choice in the landscaping you install around your home's foundation. And when you are dealing with a wet basement, it can be caused by the wrong ground slope nearest to your house.
If you keep the soil graded to slope away from your foundation, this will promote water to flow outward from the foundation. This will help you avoid excessive moisture in the foundational soil to reduce the occurrence of hydro-static pressure that can lead to a wet basement. And when you add a mulch covering, gravel or other ornamental landscaping material, this can further aid you in the fight for a dry interior space.