The moisture of the basement is one of those bedeviling problems that are impossible to mitigate sometimes because there is a possibility that after fixing one source of moisture, another source appears. It is not possible to finish the basement without eradicating and attacking the moisture first. You may need to realize and take the pragmatic view that no matter how much you remove the moisture still remains. The experts of the Albany, NY, home inspections suggests reducing the moisture problem is much more effective than completely eliminating them. However, there are some ways that can help in eradicating the basement moisture 100%.
Most of the homeowners in the U.S. think that basement moisture is the same as basement flooding. However, the reality is that water can seep into the basement from the ground surrounding the walls of the basement and even under the basement floor. If you are looking for the signs of basement moisture search for indirect things, such as peeling paint, rotting wood, powdery material, or rusting appliance platforms. The Albany, NY, home inspections recommend five steps that can help to reduce the basement moisture.
Fill the Cracks: It is best to use hydraulic water-stop to fill out the holes and cracks in the foundation.
Reduce Seepage: You need to regrade the soil around the foundation walls to stop water from moving toward the foundation. Turn the downspouts away from the walls of the basement with downspout extensions and clean the gutters.
Apply Water proffer: Brush and roll on a waterproofing masonry sealer.
Seal the Foundation Wall: Trowel the surface bonding cement with a straight-edged trowel. Wait for three hours then scribe the lines in bonding cement with paintbrush cleaner or a scribing tool to help second coat better adhere.
Install a Sump Pump: Installing a sump pump is a heavy job so it is best to contact the Albany, NY, home inspection for installation purposes.
The Author Kevin Maxwell is the owner and operator of Maxwell Home Inspection Services, LLC. Kevin Maxwell is a certified Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has
performed over 6000 Inspections.