How to Prevent Your Basement from Flooding!

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Valyn Daconto

How to Prevent Your Basement from Flooding - Image 1There are many preventative measures you can take to keeping your basement from flooding with water. Don’t wait until the last minute to keep your basement clean and dry all year round. Finding basement leaks and cracks is an important step in eliminating a major basement flood as well as installing a moisture barrier on your walls and floors, and installing a reliable, energy-efficient dehumidifier. 

Find Basement Cracks and Leaks 

Have you ever noticed little pools of water where the wall and floor meet in your basement?  Or maybe even condensation on your basement walls with water trickling down the surfaces? If there is a heavy rainfall, these areas are subject to major flooding. Therefore, it’s essential to stop the water right at the source and take preventative measures to keep your basement from flooding.  Small leaks and cracks can be kept under control with the installation of a basement drainage system and a sump pump.  These products will surely prevent your basement from flooding in the case of a storm.

A drainage system can be installed around the perimeter of your basement to direct any water straight to a sump pump system, which will pump the water directly out of the basement.  This will surely keep your basement dry and avoid any unexpected basement flooding. 

Moisture Barrier Installation on Walls and Floors

The installation of a moisture barrier on your walls and floors will permanently solve basement moisture problems.  Basement wall coatings and paints are known for peeling off and not completely solving the problem.  An advanced, permanent solution is to install an inorganic plastic wall covering system, called the BrightWall system. Typically moisture gets trapped within the flooring, carpeting, wood flooring, or chipboard squares and creates all those bad odors - leading to mold and rot in the basement.  To avoid this condition and keep moisture out for good, the installation of the ThermalDry Basement Floor Matting is the perfect solution. 

These products are a preventative measure that any homeowner can take towards a moisture and water-prone basement.  Without a moisture barrier, your walls and floor are subject to damage from excessive moisture and water that is typically in a basement.  Do yourself a favor and stop the water before your personal belongings are in jeopardy. 

Install an Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier

Whether we like it or not, basement environments are prone to moisture and water.  To keep your basement dry, the installation of an energy-efficient dehumidifier is definitely a step in the right direction.  Even if water is not currently a problem in your basement, the SaniDry basement dehumidifier can help basements with conditions such as dampness or musty smells.

A standard dehumidifier is not powerful enough to keep a basement dry, and definitely will not prevent your basement from flooding. The SaniDry dehumidifier is a self-draining unit with a powerful air-circulating fan, and an ENERGY STAR® Rating.    

Contact your Local Basement Waterproofing Specialists

Taking preventative measures to stop a basement flood could mean all the difference when a storm rolls in and you’re properly prepared.  Here at Basement Systems of New York, we have all the products you need to effectively keep water out of your basement.  We offer drainage systems, moisture barriers, and dehumidifiers that are a solution for a dry, clean basement. Don’t let your basement flood this summer; contact Basement Systems of New York today! We provide our waterproofing services to homeowners throughout New York, including: Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Newburgh, Spring Valley, Monroe, and cities nearby!

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