It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing, the air is getting a little cooler, and it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the changing weather. Fall is a beautiful time of year, but it can also be a very wet season and that can mean problems with a wet basement for many New Jersey homeowners.
There are many different methods for waterproofing basements – which one is right for you?
There are many different methods for waterproofing basements, but some work better than others depending on your property and the local climate.
In the vast majority of cases, some form of interior waterproofing will be needed. This can be something as simple as sealing any cracks or applying a waterproof coating to your basement floor or walls. Even small cracks can let water in, and if they are left untreated, they might get worse. If you seal the crack right away and repair the concrete, you can avoid expensive work later on.
If your basement floods often and it is not enough to just seal the cracks, you can have a sump pump. This system collects any water that comes into your basement and takes it outside and away from your home.
If the land around your house slopes towards your home, you might need external waterproofing as well. This will protect against water entering the house and will also keep it from causing damage to the structure of your home.
If your leak is due to cracks in the floor or wall, then it might be because there is water pressure on them from the water in the ground around your home. The best thing you can do for this problem is to install an exterior waterproofing system like French drains so that the water is redirected away from your home and does not put pressure on the walls.
The most important thing about waterproofing your basement is making sure it’s done before winter hits!
Fall’s increased rain is only one reason that sorting out your waterproofing is a good idea this season. Winter’s cold temperatures can increase your risk of a damp basement or basement flooding. As you heat your home to keep it cosy and comfortable inside, the heat can cause any snow and frozen water in the ground around your home to begin to melt. This melted water will then try to enter your house via any cracks. Even if there are no existing cracks, when the water melts, the pressure from the water may cause little fractures that it can then seep through.
Frozen water in the ground can start to cause problems even before it melts. As the water in the soil freezes, it expands and begins to exert pressure on the structures above it – namely, your foundation. This movement and pressure can cause cracks in your foundation or walls, which left unchecked can lead to water seepage and further damage.
Basement waterproofing in the fall can help you avoid the damage and inconvenience caused by water seepage and basement leaks caused by the colder weather in winter.
Call us now for a free inspection to learn how we may preserve your basement all year round with comprehensive basement waterproofing.