A wet basement isn’t the same thing as a flooded basement. Although the names are similar, a wet basement is usually caused by a slow and steady seeping of water through the cement or cracks in the foundation. A flooded basement, on the other hand, is often more dramatic and the cause of water spillage in a short amount of time. Sometimes people can have a wet basement and not realize it, especially if the home is new to them or if they don’t spend a lot of time in the basement. Should you discover that your basement is smelling musty, has water lines in the drywall or along the flooring, or a sump pump, there are a few steps that you should take.
The best thing to do first is to figure out where the source of the water is coming from. This might require you to call in a professional who works with basements and waterproofing services. Sometimes it can be a simple fix like moving a gutter downspout or properly sealing a window, but other times it might require you dig a French drain around your home or properly waterproof the foundation.
After you have determined the source of your wet basement, you should get it fixed by professionals. Not only will they be able to do a better job, but most will also have some kind of warranty on their work and products.
If you have noticed signs of a wet basement in your home, please don’t hesitate to call us here at Ample Epoxy Systems.