What to Do When You Have Had a Basement Leak or Flood


Do you have water coming in where it shouldn’t be? Or maybe you saw water coming in during last year’s rain season and you’re worried it will happen again. This is a problem you cannot ignore, because every day you put off fixing it, the costlier it could get. A basement flood can wreak havoc on home furnishings and belongings and be a huge headache to deal with! Here are four tips and tricks to know when waterproofing your basement.

  1. Observe where the water is coming into your basement and see if you can tell where it’s coming from. Remove any soiled items away. You don’t want a mold problem to develop! You can also check the relative humidity of your basement – this is a good indicator of the moisture content. The humidity in your below-grade space should be less than 50%. If it’s higher, you could be at risk for bugs, mold and mildew.
  2. Basements can be waterproofed in a variety of ways and from the interior or exterior, depending on the situation. But you want this job done ONCE and you want it done RIGHT to keep your basement dry permanently! Research local basement waterproofing contractors and use this Quality Contractor Checklist to make sure you find the right one for the job!
  3. Schedule estimates with your top three choices. Read reviews, ask for recommendations and look at the contractor’s warranties, solutions, maintenance programs, any discounts and financing options available.