Your home is your personal domain and your protection from the outside world. So, when your home becomes infiltrated with outside water from nearby water sources or too much rain in a short period of time, you will need to make some improvements to your home interior to prevent water's damaging results. Here are some ways you can keep your home interior dry and avoid moisture problems along with mold and mildew growth.
Determine Where Moisture is Originating From
When you encounter interior moisture problems in your basement or along the foundation slab, you can only assume it is coming in from the outside of your home. Unless your home has water running from the ceiling and down the walls, moisture along the floorboards of your basement or in the crawlspace usually means it is coming in from the outside soil.
A high water table in your area can contribute to a wet basement and carpeting, or excessive precipitation or heavy snowmelt in the springtime. Inspect your interior basement walls to make sure they are not cracked and damaged, and also remove any damaged drywall. You will need to replace the drywall anyway, and this will also help you inspect the unfinished walls and add the interior waterproofing solution you will need in your basement.
Divert Interior Moisture Intrusion
There are several methods you can use to handle a basement interior moisture problem. First, you can waterproof the outside of your home's foundation walls with a silicone sealant, or you can apply a waterproof vapor barrier on the inside of your unfinished concrete walls. This vapor barrier will trap in the moisture as soon as it enters through the walls, then divert it down to a drainage system within the floors of your basement.
You will need to hire a professional contractor to excavate around the perimeter of your basement floor so they can install a French drain within a gravel bed. The perforated pipe system around the edges of the room's floor will slant downward and exit into a collection point sump pump. When the sump pump detects water within its basin, it will turn on and deliver the water up through a pipe and outside your home.
A sump is a great waterproofing option because it allows you to live within a home that is surrounded by over-saturated soil from time to time and you don't have to worry about the moisture damaging your home's interior furnishings, carpet, and possessions. The sump pump will remain hidden within the floor and silent until it needs to turn on to pump water outside the basement space.
To learn more, reach out to a company that offers sump pump installation.