what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

How To Dry Out Your Basement Before The Basement Waterproofing Specialist Shows Up


If you have finally had enough with your damp to very wet basement, you may engage basement waterproofing services to resolve the problem. After you set up the date and time for the specialist to begin the waterproofing processes and before he or she shows up to begin the job, you can lend a helping hand to drying out your basement. There are several things you can do to help make the basement drier and easier for the specialist to work in and complete the work.

Redirect Water Away from the Foundation

The very first step you can take to help dry out your basement before the specialist arrives is to redirect water away from the foundation of your home. Make sure all of your downspouts on your roof are connected properly. Then make sure you have extensions on all of the bottoms of the downspouts so that all of the rainwater exits several feet away from the foundation.

Additionally you can build a small trench around your home using common garden gravel. Build a small embankment of gravel against the foundation wall, and then build up a second wall of gravel just a few inches away from that. Any water that falls within the trench in between these two banks of gravel will travel down and away from the house.

Use an Industrial Strength Dehumidifier (or Two)

Most of the standard dehumidifiers you can buy to use in your home are only marginally effective at reducing the moisture in the air in an already wet basement. Invest instead in an industrial strength dehumidifier or two, depending on how large your basement is, to dry out the basement and cause water on the floor to evaporate. Keep them running as long as you can and empty them frequently. Use the collected moisture to water your garden, preferably away from your home's foundation.

Cover Floor Drains and Vent Washers and Dryers to the Outside

If your basement has floor drains (i.e., sewer pipe access holes in the floor meant to collect water from wash basins, clothes washers and/or rainwater that heads into the basement), keep them covered. Doing so reduces the amount of moisture that evaporates into the air and hangs there. Washers that drain into the floor drains should be redirected to flow out of the house and away from the foundation instead. Dryers have a tendency to create moist heat when placed in a tight, enclosed place like a basement. If your dryer is also in the basement, make sure it vents entirely to the outdoors through a plastic pipe so that the hot, warm air is contained until it is expelled outside.


2 May 2016