5 Ways To Waterproof Your Basement That Don't Cost Much Money

If your home's basement is constantly damp or if you notice standing water on the floor, you'll need to take steps to waterproof it. Water that is leaking into your basement can create the perfect environment for mold growth, and it can also damage your concrete foundation. Due to the risk of water damage, it's important to waterproof your basement as soon as you can. If you don't have much money on hand, there are a few steps you can take to inexpensively keep water out of your basement. To learn about five inexpensive methods of basement waterproofing, read on.

1. Regrade the Soil Around Your Home

One of the least expensive ways to keep water out of your basement is to regrade the soil around your foundation walls. If the soil in your yard slopes downwards towards your basement walls, you'll eventually end up with water intrusion in your basement.

Regrading the soil around your basement walls can take quite a bit of time, but all you need is a shovel. Dig up soil around your yard and stack it against your basement walls, creating a gentle slope that directs water away from your foundation. Before you begin digging, make sure that you call your local utility company and have them mark the underground utility lines in your yard. It may take a few weeks to totally regrade your land with a shovel, but it will significantly improve drainage at a very low cost.

2. Install a Downspout Extender on Your Gutters

If your gutter downspout drains directly next to your foundation, the water that collects there after heavy rains can easily lead to water intrusion in your basement. Underground downspout extenders are very inexpensive, and you can find them at most home improvement stores. Dig a trench in front of your downspout and attach the extender to it. The extender will carry water further away from your home's foundation, preventing it from leaking into your basement.

3. Run a Dehumidifier in Your Basement

Dehumidifiers aren't very expensive, and they're a good way to solve minor cases of water intrusion. Purchasing a dehumidifier and letting it run continuously in your basement will help prevent the air from becoming moist and uncomfortable. If a small amount of water does intrude into your basement, it will evaporate quicker if the air surrounding it is dry. Unfortunately, a dehumidifier isn't a good solution if you regularly encounter standing water in your basement — dehumidifiers are not powerful enough to dry out large amounts of water. However, they're an inexpensive way to prevent small amounts of water intrusion from leading to mold and mildew growth.

4. Seal Cracks in Your Basement Walls

If you notice that water is intruding into your basement because of a crack in your foundation walls, seal it with an epoxy injection system. You can buy epoxy injection kits at home improvement stores, and they're specifically designed to seal cracks in basement walls. You inject the epoxy into the crack and wait for it to harden. Once the epoxy has cured, it will prevent water from leaking through the crack.

5. Install Interior Drains

If all of the other inexpensive methods of basement waterproofing have failed, then you should consider installing drains around the inside perimeter of your basement. These drains collect the water that leaks in through your basement walls, and they channel it towards a sump pump that will pump the water back outside your home. Having interior drains installed will be much more expensive than anything else on this list, but it's the cheapest method of professional basement waterproofing — exterior waterproofing can be more effective, but the cost is much greater due to the fact that you'll need to dig a trench around your basement walls in order to install it.

Overall, the best-case scenario is that you're able to prevent water from entering your basement by regrading the land around your home and extending your gutter downspout. For many homeowners, simply changing the way that water drains into the soil will significantly reduce the amount of water that enters the basement. If improving your home's drainage doesn't keep your basement dry enough, contact several basement waterproofing contractors in your area and ask how much it will cost to have interior drains installed. By receiving multiple quotes, you'll be able to find the contractor that will install interior drainage at the lowest price. Contact a company like Jaco Waterproofing to learn more.

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