Wet Basement Repair: Floor or Carpet
This is usually the result of surface water and excess run-off from ground level, especially between the spring and summer months. Look for colored water stains on the carpeting, or darkened/damp areas on wood or concrete to assess whether this issue has already occurred before in the past.
If the water level on the basement floor is severe, you will first need a sump pump to remove the water. After the water is gone, you will need to remove the carpeting or flooring and dispose of it. Attempting to repair wooden floors or damaged carpet is unadvised, as harmful mold and bacteria usually sets in on these over time. Once the damage materials have been removed, you need to waterproof the basement from external water sources by using a rubber sealant product such as Permaflex rubber (Will create a guide on basement waterproofing soon!)
Wet Basement Repair: Dampness/Dripping Around Ceiling or Walls
This is a common sign of an internal plumbing leak, condensation, or collection of ground water due to bad drainage systems. Unless you are handyman inclined, finding the source of the leak is usually easier left for professionals. Is the water build-up seasonal? If so, this could be a sign of ineffective drainage systems. The solution to this greatly depends on the result of investigation, for example, if you are to find a plumbing problem, a plumber is your best bet to eliminate the causation. If the problem turns out to be external sources of water, you will likely need to make some modifications to your gutters and drainage.
It’s also quite possible that your yard has a poor slope. Naturally, we want the slope of the ground to be angled away from the house, as to divert water rather than collect it. In combination with this, if there are any cracks on foundation walls, or basement floors, this will allow external water to seep in. These cracks must be caulked as part of the waterproofing process.
Wet Basement Repair: Other Things To Consider
Some other factors that people may not think of include overgrown foliage around the home which can collect excess water, and also un-insulated pipes which would allow condensation to drip off in hot climates.
Are you regularly operating a dehumidifier? There really is no substitute for these in summer months, and these play an integral part in keeping the basement moisture levels under control. They also reduce the presence of dangerous black mold. Do you have a wet basement repair story?