Common Basement Problems And Solutions

Common basement problems and solutions can become a headache there are various issues that can occur in a home. Here are some common problems and symptoms of problems.

Failing gutters, broken or leaking pipes, condensation, and seepage are the most common causes of basement moisture. To prevent damage to walls and floors, identify the source of the moisture and make appropriate repairs. Condensation usually occurs in the summer months. It often results from an improperly vented clothes dryer. Check and adjust the dryer vent connection, or install a dehumidifier to eliminate condensation. Seepage is water that flows from the soil around your foundation into the basement through cracks and holes.

Creating a waterproof seal over these openings controls minor seepage. The best method for sealing surfaces depends on the size of the openings and the frequency of the moisture. In basements where seepage is an occasional problem, sealing openings and coating the walls with masonry sealer and paint is usually sufficient. If seepage is frequent, seal the openings, then resurface the walls with a concrete coating. If seepage continues, install a baseboard gutter and drain system to manage the problem.

Ninety-five percent of all wet common basement problems occur because water pools near the foundation. Wet basements can usually be raced to roof gutters and down-spouts that are plugged, rusted through, or not diverted away from the house. To prevent problems, repair gutters and downspouts and position them to channel away from the foundation. After adjusting the downspouts and gutters, check the soil grade around the house. If necessary, regrade the soil so that it slopes away front the foundation. Peeling paint on basement walls is caused by moisture seeping through from outside that becomes trapped between the wall and the paint To identify, the source of moisture on basement walls, tape a piece of foil to the wall. If moisture collects on the outer surface with tin foil, the source likely is condensation. If moisture isn't visible on the foil, seepage is the most likely cause.

Stains can ruin the appearance of a concrete basement floor. Remove stains with commercial-grade concrete cleaner or one of several chemicals marketed for this purpose. To protect against stains, seal masonry surfaces with a waterproof masonry sealant pipes are a common problem in some heated basements and crawl spaces. Prevent pipes from freezing by insulating pipes in these areas. To thaw a frozen pipe, turn of the water supply at the straits shutoff valve, risen hear the pipe with a host gun sir hair dryer. Walls exposed to constant moisture develop cracks and, over time, begin to crumble. To seal walls and prevent further damage, fill cracks and holes larger than 1/8 and seal the wails with either masonry sealer or a concrete coating. More common basement problems and solutions in the near future. Also stay tuned for more basic carpentry tips.