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DIY: 3 Ways to take care of water in your basement

by Duarte/Downey Real Estate Agency 05/24/2024

More than a few homeowners are surprised to discover water leaks and moisture in basements pose a substantial risk. Molds tend to flourish in dark wet environments, which can negatively impact the health and wellness of household members.

Consistent or large amounts of water damage may also impact structural supports underneath the home. These rank among the many reasons to prevent seepage and reduce moisture.

Here are ways you can secure their basement without hiring a professional.

1: Evaluate the Home's Downspouts

Roof and gutter systems are designed to channel water flow in a specific direction. When it comes out of the downspout, it may leach through the soil. But passive rainwater gains force when funneled to one point.

Over time, it may carve out underground pathways that flow toward the foundation. Water then pools outside the foundation wall and finds weak spots. Downspout extensions rank among the most straightforward solutions to this problem. Slip them over the bottom of the downspout to direct rainwater away from the foundation.

2: Repoint Basement Walls

Property owners sometimes hire a mason to repoint stone, brick and cinder block basement walls. However, most DIY homeowners with some experience in brick, cinder block or stone can repoint a basement wall without a professional.

Using masonry tools such as a hammer, trowel, brush, bucket and jointer, loose cement can be removed and replaced. Local home building materials outlets typically carry ready-to-use mortar.

Remove ineffective mortar, bush the area, press newly mixed cement into gaps and clean away any excess. You'll know after the next big rain whether your efforts were successful or need revisiting.

3: Paint Brick and Cinder Block Basement Walls

Although it seems a shame to paint over beautiful old brick walls, sometimes a building's integrity requires this safeguard. Commercial waterproofing paint can deliver a tight seal that prevents leaking. Applying the product is no different than painting a home office wall. Property owners only need to select the appropriate materials and brushes.

What's essential to understand about waterproof painting strategies is that it also helps combat moisture and mold growth. Once the required number of coats are applied, basement walls can be sanitized and wiped dry. Plus, condensation is easier to detect. Adequate ventilation, airflow and dehumidifiers are also effective ways to prevent moisture from building up in your basement.

If you possess DIY home repair skills, these and other strategies can effectively secure your basement without breaking your budget. If water or moisture persists or you're simply not comfortable performing these modifications, contact a professional to protect your property and find the true root of the problem.