A Step-By-Step Guide to DIY Basement Waterproofing

Is your wet basement getting you down? Not only can this lead to severe mold (and therefore health) issues, it can also destroy your personal belongings. Clearly, you need to do some serious basement waterproofing to keep your family safe through the Connecticut winter. If you want to brave the basement waterproofing process on your own, here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Survey the Exterior

First, you need to figure out if there is anything on the outside of your CT home that is causing the leaking in the first place. Check to make sure the ground around the foundation slopes away from your home, ensure that your downspouts direct the water at least twelve feet away, (though we try for at least 15 feet) and try to keep plants at least a foot away from your home’s exterior (if the roots rot, they can direct water straight to your basement). We recommend using decorative stone around your Connecticut home instead of mulch. Mulch keeps plant roots moist, but it may keep your foundation moist too!

Step 2: Repair Any Cracks

The next step of basement waterproofing in CT is inspecting the interior of your basement. Look for any cracks on the walls, on the floor, and especially where the two of them meet. Once you locate any possible entrance points for the water, you need to seal them. For the wall or floor cracks, you can usually do this with construction-grade epoxy. However, it is crucial that you properly clean and dry the cracks first, or the repairs will not be as strong as you need them to be.

If you are also dealing with water getting in where the floor and walls meet, you will need to insert some hydraulic cement into the gaps. But first, it is crucial that you use a chisel to open up the crack. That is the only way to get enough cement in the space to completely seal it up.

Step 3: Waterproof the Walls

Now that all of the cracks are repaired, it’s time to give yourself a little extra basement waterproofing protection. You can do this with a water proofer or water sealer. Either option will go on just like a traditional paint would, but it will require two coats. The first coat should be completed with a stiff brush so that the sealer gets into the pores of the walls, and the second can be applied with a high-nap roller.

Step 4: Install a Sump Pump

No matter how much basement waterproofing you do on your Connecticut home, there is still a chance of leakage. That is why we highly recommend you also install a sump pump. Essentially, it is a built-in pump within your basement floor that will automatically pump any excess water out of the house. This will prevent you from having to deal with any major flooding. Note: Sump pump installation is an in-depth process and should not be attempted by DIY beginners.

If this all seems a little daunting, or you really don’t want to risk doing anything incorrectly, don’t worry; we are considered the pros for a reason. While the do-it-yourself kits may get you decent results, there is a lot of precision involved in the basement waterproofing process. For peace of mind and guaranteed results, contact us today for a free consultation.

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