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Waterproofing Your Basement

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Having water in a place that you do not want it can be a terrible situation to be in. Think of all the flood damage that occurs on the coast after a hurricane. Or think about a pipe breaking in your home while you are away. There are many different things that can cause a flood that you simply can't help. However, there are a few things that you can do that will significantly help you in waterproofing your basement. Here are just a few different things that you can do that will help you waterproof your basement.

Outside The Home

You want all rainwater or any water from the grass to drain away from the home. This is going to be very important because if it drains toward the home, it could add to the problems. There are a few ways that you can accomplish this. First, you should make sure that all gutters discharge their water a few feet from the foundation of the home. To ensure that the water that you are watering plants with does not get into the foundation, you should keep plants a few feet away from the foundation as well. Just simply make sure that water drains away from your home. 

Sealant And Cement

You are going to want to fix any of the large cracks in the foundation with a good mortar or concrete. The larger cracks can let a great deal of water come through. Look for cracks on the inside and outside of the home, and be sure that you fill them. You then want to put the best sealant that you can find all over the walls for basement waterproofing. This is going to do a great job of keeping the water out of your basement. 

Sump Pump

One of the first things that a water damage restoration company will do is remove the water. They inevitably use a sump pump to pump the water out of the basement. You should have a sump pump installed in your basement. The best thing to do is to make a hole for the sump pump. Make the hole a bit deeper than the floor. The reason that you do this is so if there is any water that is rising, the sump pump will catch that uprise in water before your basement is filled with water. The pump can then kick on and keep the water from entering your home.