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Can you fix basement leaks from the inside?

A leaky, wet basement is a common issue for homeowners in West Virginia. This problem can lead to additional concerns, such as mold growth, structural damage, and a decrease in your home’s value.  

As a result, it’s crucial to address basement leaks as soon as they’re discovered.  

But is it possible to fix a leaky basement from the inside without having to excavate the exterior of your home? 

In this article, we will explore the causes of basement leaks, examine the advantages and disadvantages of addressing them from the inside, and discuss various interior basement waterproofing solutions available for homeowners.

Repair your Basement from Inside

So, can you successfully repair your leaky basement from the inside? 

The easy answer is yes.  

Waterproofing your home from the inside is often the most effective choice since this option allows the drainage system to sit on the footer outside of the mud zone.  

This means clogged drainage is a thing of the past, and the experts at Basement Authority of West Virginia guarantee your basement will be dry for years to come.  

Fixing a Leaky Basement

Before diving into the best interior solutions for fixing your basement, it’s important to address a few common DIY solutions that don’t get the job done.  

While the methods differ, the reason they only offer temporary relief is that they don’t address the root cause of the problem: water. 

Inside DIY Temporary Fixes that Don’t Work

  • Epoxy or Polyurethane Sealants

While sealing walls with epoxy or polyurethane makes sense in theory, it’s important to remember that water always wins. Once one entry point is sealed, albeit temporarily, water will find an additional entry point, sending you on a never-ending chase.

  • Waterproof Paint

Waterproof coatings and paints are applied to interior basement walls to create a sense of protection against moisture. These products typically require a clean, dry surface for the best adhesion and may need multiple coats for the best results.  

Since the paints don’t address the problem, you’ll notice bubbling and peeling sooner than you might expect.

  • Sump Pump Alone

While a sump pump is an excellent tool for removing water from your basement, it shouldn’t be used alone. Installing a sump pump without tying it into a perimeter system removes water from the pit only, without relieving pressure or collecting water from the rest of your home.

Outside Temporary Fixes that Don’t Work

  • Excavation and Exterior Waterproofing Membrane

This process involves digging up the soil around your home’s foundation, cleaning the exterior walls, and applying a waterproof membrane. The membrane is designed to create a barrier that prevents water from entering the basement walls, similar to the original construction. However, since it failed once before, repeating the same method may not be the best solution.

  • Exterior Drainage Systems

Installing an exterior drainage system, like a French drain, can help manage water around your home’s foundation for some time. However, it may eventually become clogged again. Dirt, mud, gravel, and tree roots can easily make their way into the drainage system, blocking water flow and rendering the system ineffective.

Interior Basement Repairs that Work

  • Interior Perimeter Drains

While exterior drains are prone to clog, our patented interior drain, AquaStop BasementGutter™, sits on top of the footer outside of the mud zone. This position means it’s protected from mud, rocks, and tree roots.

  • Sump Pumps

Installing a sump pump alone does little to help your leaking basement, but using it in combination with an interior perimeter drain means you’re collecting and expelling water from around your entire home.

  • Addressing Plumbing Leak

If your basement leak is caused by a plumbing issue, it’s essential to identify the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs. This may involve replacing damaged pipes, fixing a leaky water heater, or sealing around fixtures. 

Ultimately, it’s essential to consult with a professional at Basement Authority of West Virginia to determine the most effective solution for your specific situation.

Proactive Steps to Keep Your Basement Dry

Taking preventative measures can help reduce the risk of a wet basement and save you from expensive repairs later on. Here are some steps to keep your basement dry and your home safe: 

  • Effective Grading and Landscaping

Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation to prevent water from pooling and infiltrating your basement. Be mindful not to overwater plants close to the foundation and maintain a safe distance between trees and your home to avert root intrusion.

  • Regular Maintenance of Gutters and Downspouts

Keep your gutters and downspouts clean and well-maintained to ensure they work properly and channel water away from your home. Consider installing gutter guards to avoid clogs and minimize maintenance tasks.

  • Use Window Well Covers

Installing window well covers can help you avoid water accumulation in your window wells, which can lead to basement leaks. Opt for covers that provide a secure fit and proper ventilation. 

By adopting these preventive measures, you can lower the chances of dealing with water in your basement, making sure your home stays dry, secure, and comfortable for the long haul. 

Choose Basement Authority of West Virginia

Regardless of the method, it’s essential to address basement leaks promptly to prevent further damage to your home.  

To ensure you choose the most effective solution for your specific situation and protect your home’s structural integrity and value, schedule a free, no-obligation inspection with your local professional waterproofing company, Basement Authority of West Virginia. Our experts will help you address basement leaks efficiently and effectively.

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