The basement is the support upon which the entire house is standing erect. Having water problems, due to rain, overflowing drains or other causes is not a favorable situation. A lot is at stake when basements succumb to after effects that damage the house severely. During the crises, drying the house every time is not the right fix, here are some ways to avoid water reaching the basement. In such situation, expert advices to take the help of professional emergency water removal.
Clearing and extending the gutters: if the water accumulated over the roof directly drops over the building’s foundation, then it needs a thorough cleaning. Mop off the heap of leaves, twigs, branches and everything else that clogs the drain.
If there is congestion in the downspouts that pour water into it with the help of a garden hose until all the junk flows out. It would be another problem if the downspout ends right next to the foundation, within the five foot of the perimeter. The water running through it would directly end up at the base. To avoid it, extend the gutter, further ten feet from the house, by adding plastic or metal extensions. The best option is to go for underground drainage piping, which would comparatively last longer.
Check the crown: If it is not the drain and the water still enters the basement, then check the slope or the crown that is the heap of dirt around the house. It should be as high as six inches up to ten feet from the foundation. If the level has gone down towards the base, then add more soil to the heap with a shovel. Keep checking it occasionally, to ensure that the sloping is apposite. If adding the height to the crown is not a favorable option for you, due to the surfacing of termites, then create berm or swale. You might want to hire a contractor for this purpose.
Filling the holes and gaps: Treat the water leaking into the basement through some cracks in the wall or some holes near plumbing pipes, by sealing them with either polyurethane caulk or hydraulic cement.
Clearing the footing drains: If the water oozes up from the ground or from the corners, where the wall and floor meet. In this case, search for footing drains or pipes present under the ground. The usual function of these being to carry water away from the house might have a blockage. If so then clean them by running excess water through the pipes, which would flush out all the junk.
French drain a substitute: If there is no footing drain beneath the basement, then it is better to install a curtain drain, a French sewer that directs the water away from the house.
Waterproofing the basement walls: Avoid the condensation on the walls. It would be best to waterproof the interior walls with waterproof paints or effective type of concrete coating. The same with the exterior walls would be expensive, require excavation of the house and a professional to perform it.
Mount a sump pump: In the case of flooding, these pump the water out from the sump basin and away from the house.
In the case of emergency water removal call up for help, extra hands for such purposes are always a blessing.