The basement is usually a forgotten part of the home for most people. They will typically use it for storage purposes only, and because of this, most people tend to not venture down into their basements all too often. This makes it easy for your basement to spring undetected leaks that can cause mold and water damage.
Now to help prevent this problem before it even starts, you are going to want to take the necessary measures to waterproofing your home. Some people may find it easier to simply call a professional to come in and take a look at things, but for those who can’t afford to call a professional, or perhaps just don’t want someone snooping around their home, there is a DIY solution.
The first of the methods that you can use to secure your basement is known as the SquidGee Dry. The SquidGee Dry is not so much a preventative to your basement retaining water, but more like something that will prevent water damage and mold. Water that leaks into the basement through walls, or just the floor, is collected into the area where the floor and the wall meet. This area is also known as the cold joint. Seal this joint so that the water will then leak into the floor. When this happens, set up the SquidGee Dry so that it will suck all of the water up out of the floor.
Another method involves a regular Basement Dry. It works the same as the SquidGee Dry, by acting as a little tube that will detect water and suck it out of your floor. You just drill in a little hole, put the Basement Dry into place, and then let it work its magic.
If you want to go with one of the most effective waterproofing methods, you will want to look into waterproofing your basement with crystalline. This is the method that is used most often and works very well. The crystalline mixture is a powdery substance at first. When you get it, you mix it with water and apply it to any cracks and leaks in your basement. Over time, the crystals will expand to fit the cracks and will eventually seal them all.