Basement Flooding, Waterproofing, & More | Common Questions

You open up the basement door to carry down a box of something for storage, and much to your dismay, there are several inches of water standing on the floor. For a homeowner who has otherwise had a fairly dry basement, standing water can be an alarming site. Even though there are all kinds of waterproofing methods out there and professionals who can help, most homeowners don't know a great deal about basement flooding and waterproofing. Take a look at a few questions from concerned homeowners and the answers you should know. 

Does water in your basement point to foundation problems?

Not always, even though that is the ongoing misconception. Of course, foundation problems can always lead to water in your basement, but most of the time, what you will be dealing with will be far less severe. For example, improperly routed outdoor drainage can cause basement flooding without a problem with the foundation at all. A few other examples of causes of water in your basement include:

  • Deteriorating mortar between blocks in the walls
  • Natural seepage at joints in a concrete floor
  • Higher levels of groundwater than usual

Will your basement floor have to be taken up to install a drainage system?

One of the first plans of action, when you see that your basement is holding water, is to have a drainage system or sump pump installed. If the existing concrete does not have a drainage point in the floor, sump pumps can capture water on the ground and route it to another available drainage point. The only case in which the floor may have to be jack hammered or disturbed is if there is no drainage point available or there is a severe problem with water. 

What is the most affordable form of basement waterproofing?

It is common for homeowners who have problems with water in their basement to start with the most inexpensive waterproofing techniques first and then work their way up if those do not work. Easily, the most inexpensive form of waterproofing is adding waterproof primer sealants to the walls, but this is also one of the most ineffective ways to handle water in the basement because it only creates a weak barrier to prevent seepage from the walls. Installing a sump pump is not necessarily waterproofing; just moving water from the basement to a drain. However, sump pumps are actually fairly inexpensive and effective at eliminating standing water. 

Contact a company, like J.A. Kilby Enterprises Inc, for more help.