Leaky Foundation: How to Rebuild Your Basement After a Flood

Leaky Foundation: How to Rebuild Your Basement After a Flood
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    Basements are a great addition to your home, if you live in an area where they can be built.

    They offer the opportunity for additional storage or living space.


But because they are below ground, basements are at risk of getting water in them. Whether you get a lot or a little water in your basement when it rains, here are some ways to rebuild your basement after a flood.

Fix Your Foundation Walls

If the water getting into your basement seems to be coming in through your walls, you have to find and fix the problem. For example, if you have cracks in your foundation walls, water might be finding its way in through those. Seal the cracks with waterproof caulk and then coat the walls with a sealant. If your walls are starting to bow in because of soil pressure, that also can allow water to get in. You need to have the walls professionally reinforced with either steel beams or a special stabilization system.

Install a Sump Pump

If your water problem seems to be coming from below your basement floor, then installing a sump pump might be the solution. A sump pump works by pumping water out from below your basement once it reaches a certain level. The pump sits in a pit dug into your floor and has a float just like your toilet tank. When the water in the pit rises to a certain level, the sump pump starts pumping it out.

Some companies, like Rite-Way Waterproofing, know how effective these kind of pumps can be at getting rid of excess water. You can install a sump pump yourself, but it is a good idea to have a professional do it so you ensure it is working right.

Monitor Drainage

A basement water problem sometimes is caused by poor drainage above ground. If your basement is getting water in it, you want to explore the area around your foundation to make sure water is draining away properly. Examine your downspouts to make sure they are all attached and working properly. The soil around your foundation should slope slightly away from your house to ensure proper drainage. You also should remove any impediments to drainage near your foundation.

Getting water in your basement is no fun, especially if you have finished some or all of the space. If you do have a water problem in your basement, these are some of the things you can do to try to eliminate it. Keep in mind, though, that some basement water fixes can be very expensive.

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