Have a Wet Basement? Here are Some Possible Solutions

Have a Wet Basement? Basement water seepage can be caused by a lot of things, so there are several solutions for the problem.  It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing.  The procedure that corrects your neighbor’s wet basement might not work at your home at all.  Instead, the right solution will depend on what’s causing the issue, whether your basement is furnished or not, and a few other circumstances.

No matter what’s causing your wet basement, there are several reasons why it’s important to call in an expert flood control and seepage Chicago company.  First and foremost, a company like ours will be able to accurately identify the reason the water issue is occurring.  We won’t be guessing like a home handyman would.

Next, after we identify the underlying reason for the seepage, we’ll expertly evaluate the possible solutions to the problem.   We’ll compare all the options and recommend which one’s best in your particular circumstances.  We also know that money’s tight for a lot of homeowners, so we make it a point to find the most cost-effective fix whenever possible.  You’ll receive a detailed written estimate of the cost, not just some verbal mumbo-jumbo that could change at the drop of a hat.

Once you give us the go-ahead to do your basement waterproofing, we’ll perform the work expertly and efficiently. Basement waterproofing is one of our specialties.   All of our employees are highly skilled, experienced folks who have the knowledge, tools, equipment and products they need to do your job right.  And unless we run into an issue we didn’t anticipate, we’ll finish the job when we say we will.  We’ll also be here to stand behind our work.  We’ve been doing seepage Chicago work for a long time now, and we’re not planning on going anywhere.

So, that’s why you should hire us to do your basement waterproofing.  What kinds of solutions are out there for a wet basement?  Well, it depends on the cause, among other things.  That being said, here’s a quick description of some of the possible options when basement water is being caused by poor surface drainage.  You can even do some of these repairs yourself.

Solutions for Seeping Water Caused by Poor Surface Drainage

In many cases, water infiltrates into a basement because of poor surface drainage.  Saturated ground near a foundation wall is usually the underlying cause.  Often, the fix is as easy and cheap as cleaning a clogged gutter or two (leaves and other debris can block a gutter, causing water to overtop it and saturate the ground near the home’s foundation).

Three other fairly easy and cheap surface drainage solutions include:

  • Repairing any broken gutters or downspouts.
  • Re-directing and/or extending your downspouts so they disperse their water farther away from the foundation.  Make sure you direct the discharge from the downspouts to an area at least six feet away from the foundation wall, otherwise water will accumulate too close to the foundation.
  • Cleaning out all the debris that tends to accumulate in your basement window wells.  That debris (leaves, sticks and so forth) can prevent rainwater and snowmelt from draining properly.  In fact, it can cause it to collect there and saturate the soil right next to your foundation wall.  That’s a recipe for water problems.  Once your window wells are cleaned out, consider capping them with clear plastic covers.  The covers will let light into your basement but minimize the snow and water that gets into the bottom of the well.

Installing additional downspouts is more costly than the solutions we’ve already mentioned, but it’s still a reasonably priced potential solution for problems that are caused by poor surface drainage.  Your home should have downspouts every 30 to 40 feet.  If they’re farther from each other than that, your setup is inadequate.  A heavy downpour could easily overwhelm your gutters and downspouts, causing the ground near the foundation to become saturated.

You might need to take more extensive steps if one of these solutions wouldn’t help.  Don’t panic, though – extensive doesn’t necessarily translate into outrageously expensive.   Here we just mean that the right solution could be more expensive than the cheap corrective steps we’ve already mentioned.  For example, the soil surrounding your home might need to be re-graded.  At a minimum, the ground should slope away from your foundation at a rate equal to one inch per foot for the first six feet (sloping it away even farther could be better, depending on the condition of the foundation and the type of soil).

Not all basement water issues are caused by poor soil drainage, and not all of them are expensive to correct.  Give us a call today.  We’ll send one of our experts out to evaluate your situation.  In many cases, one of the low-cost solutions will do the job just fine.

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