One of the major problems that homeowners have to deal with when it comes to basement maintenance or repair is basement moisture and dampness. This problem can only be permanently addressed through basement waterproofing. Waterproofing the basement generally, means preventing or limiting the chances of water flowing into the basement.
There are many ways to waterproof your basement. One of these very effective ways of waterproofing is by using a sealant to seal up tiny cracks in the foundation, preventing dampness or water from seeping in.
If you are to keep or maintain a functional basement, then the importance of keeping water out can never be too stressed highly enough. A dark, moist and damp environment is the perfect breeding ground for moulds. Moulds can grow on the furniture, walls and flooring of the basement rendering the room vulnerable to even the slightest factors of damage. When you waterproof the basement, it is simply prolonging the life of the room, maintaining it and keeping it functional, as well as saving money from having to continually remodel and refurnish it.
Of course, sealing a basement would require more than sealing the inside of the room to keep water out. Sealing also means properly applying sealant on the outside walls. Waterproof sealants can take a few days to dry. However, as long as it is properly applied and thoroughly dried, it can keep water out and keep your costs of repairing walls, refurnishing, and re-flooring at a minimum.
Another way of basement waterproofing is also installing gutters. This method requires more knowledge and planning than the average homeowner and may require the professional help of contractors.