DIY Inspection to Waterproof a Leaking Basement

Staten Island is no stranger to downpours and flooding. Every time it rains, homeowners who suffer from a basement leak and/or flooding cringe because of all the damage caused by even a small amount of water.

By following our DIY guide below, you’ll be able to determine where your drainage problems start. Because basement drainage problems can cause severe damage to your foundation, I recommend scheduling your FREE Estimate & Consultation, where we’ll perform an evaluation, and offer our professional services.

Most basement drainage problems start on the ground level, beginning with improper drainage on driveways, patios, steps, and walkways. If the water cannot flow away from your home, you could be in big trouble as it finds its way into the ground below. Supreme Construction can offer you solutions for bad drainage and waterproofing basements that will save you a headache and thousands in future repairs. Say goodbye to your sump pump.

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First, let’s determine the cause of your basement drainage problem.

The best time to find drainage problems as mentioned in “The Top 5 Masonry Repairs After a Brutal Winter” is after it rains. You’ll be able to find any puddles or pools of water forming on your property and determine if there are any cracks, holes, or gaps where it can seep into your foundation. Check these common spots for water buildup:

  1. Driveways: Most importantly check the edge of the driveway that touches your home. If you see any gaps or cracks in between your home and the driveway, it’s time to schedule your Free Estimate and Consultation. Depending on how long the structure has been in that condition, it will require in-depth inspection and damage control. Using temporary fixes, like sealants you can find at your local hardware store, may solve the problem for a short period of time, but do not underestimate the damage already caused by months or years of rainfall.
  2. Walkways: If you have any walkways near the base of your home, you’ll want to make sure that water flows away from your home.
  3. Steps: Check your steps to make sure there are no cracks that could be letting water flow into your foundation. Broken mortar in between bricks, or gaps in between stones can cause unseen water damage.
  4. Shrubs or Grassy Areas: If you have shrubs, or patches of grass near the base of your home, you’ll want to make sure that these spots are pitched in a way to let water flow outwards. If these areas are becoming muddy, or show puddles of water during rain, contact us immediately. If these situations are not fixed, it can cause mold growth, and the deterioration of your foundation at a much faster pace.
  5. Doors and Door Frames: If you look closely at your door ways, you’ll notice they are sealed even where they meet cement, pavers, etc. To ensure that no water is getting into your basement, you’ll want to inspect this carefully, and fill any openings with the proper sealant for your specific door. Although these areas are often overlooked by other masonry companies, Supreme Construction provides long lasting finishes to every project.
  6. Lawn Drainage: Once you’ve covered the above areas, look around your lawn for any other puddles or pools of water. Although these are not emergencies, you’ll want to have these taken care of, as they can become a bigger problem over time.

Another key area to evaluate your drainage problems is in your basement. If you have a finished basement, this can get tricky because it will be harder to see moisture behind your walls. For this, it’s certain you’ll benefit from a professional consultation. For unfinished basements, you’ll have direct access to see where, if any, leaks are happening, or to find potential issues before they become serious. The more details you can gather about where the issues are happening, the better we can handle your project.

Some homeowners may also experience water that seems to come from below the ground. These types of problems have many causes, and likewise many available solutions. Supreme Construction has the experience and the strategies that no other competitor can offer with when it comes to solving your basement leaks and drainage systems.

Remember, preserving your basement’s structural integrity and ensuring proper outdoor drainage should be a top priority whenever you’re planning an exterior home renovation. If you need to waterproof your basement, and want to stop the madness, I recommend you schedule your FREE Estimate & Consultation, because your home is more than just an investment, it’s your life. So leave it in the hands of professionals who care.

Improper Drainage Can Crack Basement Walls

If left untreated, improper drainage and a leaking basement in your home will put a lot of pressure on your basement walls and foundation. Supreme Construction can help you avoid thousands in repairs, just schedule your FREE Estimate & Consultation with us today!

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