Stopping The Water From Seeping Into Your Basement Once And For All

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The extra space that the basement has in your home can be very useful if you are looking for a way to make increase the square footage in your home without the cost of an addition or hassle of construction. But if you have water seeping in through the foundation, that added space may not be much of an asset, making the space usable may not be as difficult as you think and there are many contractors that specialize in this kind of work that can take care of the issue pretty quickly.

Where Is The Water Coming From?

The first thing you need to do is figure out where the water is coming from. In a lot of cases, the wall or floor may be wet, indicated that the water is seeping in there, but that is not always the case. If you can't tell where the water is coming in at, the solution might just be to have the foundation professionally sealed from the outside. Hiring a contractor to deal with this can save you time and in the long run, money. Sometimes it is not possible to find the exact path of the water so treating everything is the best way to go.

Exposing The Foundation

If you hire a contractor to deal with this issue for you, the first thing they are going to do is to dig a trench around your home that exposes all the foundation falls and remove things like roots that may cause damage to the foundation over time. The contractor and their crew will seal the walls completely with a high-quality waterproof paint that is designed to be used on the outside of the foundation. The paint will usually have an epoxy or another sealer in it that will not allow any water to seep through. Once the walls have been painted, they will be left to dry or cure.

Adding Drainage Around Your Home

While the sealer will stop water along the walls, most contractors will install a system of drainage around the home as well. As the soil is replaced around the foundation, gravel and drain pipes will also be added so any water penetrating the surface is carried away from the foundation before it has the chance to find a way in. If the system is installed correctly, the water will not have any chance of getting into the basement and that space can be finished and used like any other part of your home. The extra square footage of living space can increase the value of your home and if you decide down the road to sell it, it can also increase the price that a buyer is willing to pay.

Contact a company, like Sohan and Sons, for more help.

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