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Concrete Specialists Share Tips on Waterproofing Your Basement April 12, 2017

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Concrete Specialists Share Tips on Waterproofing Your Basement, Windham, Connecticut

Most homes develop a leak in the basement within 10 to 15 years after being constructed, which means that there’s a good chance you’ve experienced one already or will soon. A leak will not only make your basement damp and smell musty, but it can also cause water damage and promote mold growth. This is why concrete specialists recommend you waterproof your basement.

Builder's Concrete East, the leading ready-mix concrete  provider in  Windham, CT, offers the following tips you can use when waterproofing your basement:

  • Look for Hidden Cracks: Leaks in your basement usually seep through cracks in the concrete. While some of these cracks are easily visible, some may be hidden along the joints and the floor of the basement.

  • Clean the Cracks Before Filling Them: Once you have identified the cracks, you shouldn’t start filling them right away. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the cracks first to ensure the filling material will take hold.

  • Use a Concrete Sealant: Using a concrete sealant can make your basement waterproof by preventing water from penetrating the walls or floor of your basement. Before applying a concrete sealant, clean the floor and walls thoroughly. Apply two coats for proper sealing.

  • concreteKeep Drainage & Gutters Pointed Away From Your Home: The primary purpose of your drainage and gutters is to direct rainwater away from your home. If they’re not installed correctly or if they get damaged, they can cause water to pool around your house and seep into your basement.

  • Keep Your Yard Slanted: Slanting your yard downward away from your home is also a good way to keep water from pooling and eventually entering your basement. Concrete pavers can achieve this at minimal cost.

To waterproof your home properly, you may need the help of concrete experts from Builder's Concrete East. They also offer concrete blocks and ready-mix concrete. Give them a call at (860) 456-4111 or visit their website to learn more about the other products they offer.

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