A wet basement can be a hassle for homeowners in Alabama. If you use your basement for storage, a wet basement can result in water damage to your personal possessions. Wet or flooded basements can also render a previously usable space unlivable. This is a serious problem whether you use your basement as a bedroom, apartment, living area, or recreational space. A wet basement can also lead to health problems for you and your family. The high humidity and generally damp conditions in wet basements are the perfect conditions for mold growth. If mold starts to grow in your basement, the spores can infect the air the cycles from the basement to the rest of the home, resulting in poor air quality and possible allergic reactions.
No matter what sort of issue your wet basement is causing, it is important to get it repaired right away. The first step to repairing your wet basement is understanding the cause of the basement water.
In many cases, basement water may be caused by cracks in your foundation. These cracks could be the result of foundation movement due to temperature changes, normal foundation settlement with aging, or pressure from water-logged soil near the concrete. Basement water problems can also be the result of excess water building around your foundation. If water is allowed to pool near your foundation for long periods of time, it may eventually seep through the porous concrete and infiltrate your basement. Settling or sinking foundations may also lead to gaps between the foundation and the home, creating a perfect entry point for water. In some cases, basement water is the result of leaky pipes, malfunctioning sump pump systems, or plumbing issues.
Waterproofing Solutions for Your Wet Basement in Alabama
Affordable Foundation and Home Repair can help you determine the cause of your wet basement in order to select the best repair option. Some of the waterproofing options that we offer are listed below:
- Surface Drainage: Wet basements that result from surface water seeping into your home can be corrected using proper surface drainage techniques. This includes the gutters and the grading around the home as well as drainage products like catch basins and grates, and channel drains.
- Exterior Waterproofing: Exterior waterproofing involves installing a waterproof membrane on the exterior foundation walls along with a drainage board to help water flow downward and away from the home. Exterior drainage systems are usually paired with a French drain to reroute water and a sump pump to take care of any residual water seepage.
- Interior Waterproofing: The primary method of interior waterproofing is the sump pump system. This system collects water from interior water channels and pumps it out of the home and away from the foundation.
- Crack Repair: We also offer crack repair to seal foundation cracks so that water does not have a way to enter the basement.
Call Affordable Foundation and Home Repair today to protect your Alabama home from a wet basement and take care of any foundation issues that could be causing basement water problems.