Are you planning on finishing your basement? If so, you'll want to implement some kind of system to make sure moisture doesn't seep through your foundation walls. It's easy for moisture to accumulate in the soil around your home. Since concrete is a porous substance, water can get into your basement through your concrete foundation walls. Over time, a crack or two could develop, allowing even more water in. That water can damage your finished basement's drywall, flooring, and more. Fortunately, you have options available. Here are three solutions to keep water out of your new basement:
Extend your gutter drains. Your gutters perform an important function in the upkeep of your home. As water runs off your roof, your gutters route the water to nearby drains, which then push the water into the soil around your home. However, the placement of those drains can create a problem, especially if you've had a substantial amount of rain. If the drains empty too close to your home, water could accumulate around your foundation.
Instead, install drain extensions. These are simply extender attachments that fit on the end of your drains. They push the water out an additional few feet away from your home so it won't accumulate right outside your foundation.
Install a water membrane. One good solution is install a water membrane around the inside of your basement wall. This is a sheet, often made of strong plastic, that fits tightly over the interior of your concrete walls. Then, if water does come through the concrete, the membrane prevents it from going any further. It's a simple and inexpensive way to prevent your drywall and flooring from suffering water damage.
You may also want to apply a sealant over the concrete to provide an extra layer of protection. Obviously, this is a step you will need to take before you finish your basement. Once the new drywall is up, you won't have the access you need to install the membrane. One problem with this method, however, is that it only protects the inside of your basement. Your foundation walls could still suffer water damage.
Install exterior drain tiles. If you're looking for a solution that protects both your basement interior and your foundation walls, this could be it. Also sometimes known as a French drain, drain tiles are installed around the exterior of your home's foundation. A contractor digs a trench around the home and installs a layer of loose rock. A drainage pipe is then laid on top of the rock before the trench is filled with another layer of rock and then soil.
When water accumulates around your home, it drains through the rocks and into the drainage pipe. That pipe will then carry the water either to a drainage area away from the home or to a sump pump, which will push the water out of the home.
For more information, contact a contractor who installs exterior drain tiles. They can help you determine what is the right solution for you.