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Dry Ideas for your Wet Basement

Dry Ideas for your Wet Basement By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

The sight of water in the basement is a greater concern than most homeowners realize. Water in a wet basement is actually just the beginning of a problem that needs to be cleaned up.

You do not need to be the victim of a flood or sewage backup to experience the concerns of a wet basement. Cracked walls and floors are noticeable warning signs in your basement but there are other things to look for as well. Regardless of the unwanted water's source, basement waterproofing is a good idea and can often be done on your own.

Possibilities for Basement Waterproofing

Finding the source of the water intrusion and then cleaning it up is of course the first step. If the weakness in your wet basement is not readily observable you may want to consult a basement contractor or restoration service. There are products readily available from your hardware store to seal cracks in the concrete wall and then provide basement waterproofing. Often these rubber or acrylic sealers can be brushed or rolled on to your dry basement walls and floor. A pumping system in place is a good idea too but in the long term basement waterproofing can prevent many water intrusions, adding value to your home and providing peace of mind.

Signs your Basement May be in Trouble

Aside from seeing water, there are other more subtle indications that you may have a wet basement problem. Here are some of the indicators that your basement may need waterproofing:
  • Mold, mildew, or dry rot;
  • Musty odors often indicate the presence of mold or mildew in a wet basement;
  • Damp spots on the basement walls;
  • Peeling paint or cracked concrete walls and floors;
  • Excessive rust on appliances or metal furniture is a good sign your basement could use waterproofing.


About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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