Waterproofing a basement is a common job because moisture can enter your basement in a variety of ways. In fact, the method of delivery of moisture into your basement will determine the steps you take to prevent it from happening again. Many basements normally experience dampness, but it is not true that your basement absolutely, positively has to be a dank place.
The causes of moisture in the basement are several. You can get moisture down there courtesy of condensation thanks to the difference in temperature between the inside and outside. Water can leak through cracks, crooks and nannies into the basement. Moisture from the soil can slowly seep into the interior of the basement and cause foundation problems.
Condensation as a basement moisture problem is the direct result of humid air coming into contact with the cooler surface of the basement wall. A few options exist for dealing with basement moisture problems caused by condensation. You could just invest in a dehumidifier and take the moisture out of the air and deposit into a bucket. Of course, you’d have to remember the empty out the water in that bucket. Another method for dealing with basement condensation is to improve your ventilation
The cause of water that leaks or seeps into your basement are even greater in number. The basement drainage system may not have been installed properly when the house was built. You could have basement leakage thanks to failure to slope at the top of the backfill which would naturally draw water away from the basement walls. Clogged or faulty downspouts can also lead to water leaking into the basement. Badly laid masonry that used inadequate mortar can lead to cracks developing that facilitate water leaking into the basement. Other causes of basement leaks include the failure to provide watertight joints between the footing and basement floor or a failure to cover the exterior of the masonry foundation face with enough cement or low quality cement.
Try cleaning out your downspouts and if that doesn’t work, try relocating your downspouts to deal with leaking. A more efficient gutter system will also help stave off the problem of water leaking down into the basement. Plug up any cracks you see in the walls or foundation with cement putty. Scrub a few coast of Portland cement into the interior surface of the wall to help eliminate a slight problem of seepage. You need to make sure that your property slopes away from the basement and this can mean building up a better sloping area specifically for the disruption of the natural tendency of the water to soak your basement.