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These Methods Help Dry Out Your Basement And Eliminate Musty Odors And Water Bugs

by Ryan Wright

If you're tired of smelling the musty odor from your wet basement and battling bugs attracted to the dampness, then it's time to look at your waterproofing options. With the right system in place, you can dry out your basement well enough to use the space for storage or as a family room. Plus, you'll eliminate mold, foul odors, and pesky bugs too. Here are some waterproofing options to consider:

Install New Gutters

It may seem odd to work on your roof to keep the basement dry, but broken gutters are a very common cause of a wet basement. When gutters leak or overflow, all the rain falls right near your foundation. Another problem occurs with the downspout. You may want to add an extension on it or connect it to an underground drain to ensure water flows away from your house and not towards it. Otherwise, every time it rains, your basement will get wet.

Apply A DIY Waterproof Coating On The Walls

DIY waterproof coatings are an affordable option to consider, but they aren't the most effective option. A coating may even be risky if you plan to convert the basement into living space. If the coating fails, your belongings could be ruined. If you want to make sure the basement is dry and stays that way, it's best to call in a contractor to install drains or apply an exterior coating that prevents water from entering the concrete walls to begin with.

Have A Drain Installed Inside The Basement

One of the best ways to waterproof your basement is to have an interior French drain installed. This solution works well because it catches water as soon as it enters through the walls or floor. The water is then drained into a well and pumped back outside. So, even if you have a very heavy rain, the excess water will be drained and pumped out. You may also want to install battery backup for your sump pump in case the power fails during a storm.

A contractor installs one of these drains by digging a trench in your basement floor. The trench is big enough to hold a drain pipe and it is deeper than the foundation of your home. The pipe in the trench has holes in it so water will fall into it rather than leak into your basement. The drain is covered with gravel and can be topped off with cement so it becomes invisible.

If you're not sure how to proceed, call in a waterproofing contractor to discuss your options. An expert can help you identify why your basement is always wet and then decide on the best solution for the problem based on your budget and preferences. Contact a company like State Wide Waterproofing for more information and assistance.