3 Steps to Keeping Your Basement Dry
Installing a basement waterproofing system inside of your home is a fantastic idea. With all the innovations that have been made in the last decade on old-fashioned drain tile, French drain, and weeping tile systems in Colorado, along with the modern and more reliable sump pump systems, a waterproof basement is just a phone call away. If you have a wet basement and are looking for a solution, call Peak Structural today for a basement waterproofing inspection and quote! We serve Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Castle Rock and all areas nearby.To achieve a dry basement –including humidity– something more may be needed and to create a dry basement, something more may be needed. Moisture can easily travel through the concrete and grout used in your foundation walls and floors – and even more easily through sections of exposed dirt.
Step 1: Install a Moisture Barrier on Your Walls and Floors
Even when the surfaces of your basement walls and floors look dry at a glance, you can be sure that moisture is entering the basement continually through the concrete in the form of water vapor.
There are several ways to tell if moisture is passing through to your basement. One of the most common is a white, flaky powder that accumulates on basement walls.
This is known as efflorescence, and it’s left behind as moisture leaves the basement walls and enters the air.
Other signs include mold and musty smells in the basement and rust on your pipes, tools, or other metal in the space.
If you’re not sure if your basement floor is adding to your basement humidity, check it out by laying a layer of plastic on a section of your basement floor for several days.
If the space underneath is damp, then you know the moisture that would have passed into the basement air was instead trapped underneath the plastic.
Basement Wall Systems and Vapor Barriers
Basement wall coatings and paint are notorious for peeling and blistering off basement walls, eventually making the problem worse than ever.
The water vapor behind a “waterproof” coating will damage its bond, destroying it in a few years, or even in months!
Instead, Peak Structural recommends installing one of our basement wall systems, like BrightWall®; a plastic wall covering that is mechanically attached to the wall and can be installed as a vapor barrier.
These easy-to-install basement wall coverings will brighten the space and keep out moisture permanently.
Step 2: Install a Reliable, Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier
Typical dehumidifiers are simply not powerful enough to keep a basement dry. Additionally, the cheap dehumidifiers sold at some hardware stores have collection trays that continually fill up, sometimes in as little as 8-12 hours. With 168 hours in a week, this means you’d have to empty your collection tray 14-21 times to keep your machine running. Even then, is it doing the job?
Peak Structural has the answer to your dry basement needs: The SaniDry™ XP Basement Air System. This is the only dehumidifier available in Colorado that has the power and effectiveness you need.
Step 3: Service your Sump Pump Regularly
Your basement waterproofing system plays an important role in your home by protecting you from groundwater seepage.
Scheduling an annual maintenance to check on your home’s sump pump, basement drainage, and other components of your system will ensure your system is working right and will help find any potential problems before they find you!
We are the Experts!
Peak Structural is the leading basement waterproofing contractor in Fountain, Monument, Trinidad, Woodland Park, La Junta, Elizabeth, Peyton and other parts of Colorado. If you’re in need of wet basement repair, we’re ready to help. Waterproofing is our specialty, and with our great reputation in the community, you can be sure we’ll be here whenever you need us.
We offer no-obligation estimates to homeowners in our area. Each estimate includes an in-home inspection, a written quote, and a copy of our 88-page color book, Dry Basement Science. Call or contact us by e-mail today for a basement repair quote.