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How do you waterproof interior basement walls?

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When your house’s basement is humid, it gives off an offensive odor and might cause the floors and walls of the basement to be wet. Over time, this continuous wetness causes a reduction in the quality of the walls and the floors. 

This is why basement waterproofing is always advised. There are several ways to waterproof the basement, which can be classified into interior and exterior methods. While the interior methods involve several methods and techniques to prevent the damping of the basement from inside the house, the exterior methods do the opposite.

To waterproof your house from the inside, you can go through the following processes.

1. Your basement might have structural leaks 

If there are cracks in your basement floors and walls, it makes it easier for water to enter them, making them damp. This water can come from excess water around the basement, which might seep into them.

Check regularly for cracks in the walls and floors and fix them as soon as you see them. You might use hydraulic cement to stop this leakage. These adhesive rises and fills up every gap and hole in the wall to which it is attached. Hence, stopping a possible leakage.

2. Your pipes might be leaking

Several factors, including wear and tear, might cause your pipes to leak. This leakage might result in water accumulation in various corners of your house. This water buildup can cause various other problems, so fixing it as soon as possible is advisable.

Therefore, check your pipes regularly to see if there’s any rust or rog of corrosion in the pipes.

If there are any, consider replacing them as soon as possible. If the pipes are leaky, you can seal them with epoxy or the tape that comes with a standard pipe repair kit.

3. Your HVAC might be malfunctioning

An HVAC system helps you to control the moisture content and temperature of the air in your house. Once it is functional, you can rest assured that it’s helping to expel moist air outside. However, otherwise, you can expect an accumulation of moisture in the basement.

You can employ the service of a professional to help examine your HVAC system regularly. And once faulty, repair as soon as possible to prevent the buildup of this moisture in the basement. And if it’s old, change it. 

4. Ineffective basement ventilation

Most basements have small or no windows, making it difficult to properly circulate air in the room. If the basement is getting new air, it should be able to expel the stale ones. This stale air it’s unable to expel can cause humidity and dampness in the basement.

You can install an exhaust fan to help get rid of the stale air. This fan should be connected directly outside so that stale air can go outside through the vent. As a plus, you can also try keeping the basement door open, so that moisture will leave to other parts of the house.

The interior waterproof of your apartment has been stated above. With an intentional effort, you can pull it off. If it becomes too much for you, remember to consult with a professional basement waterproofing company.

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