Sealing A Wet Basement Floor

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Sealing A Wet Basement Floor


Sealing A Wet Basement Floor - There are several approaches to help avoid moisture damage issues at a cellar. The first guideline is no dirt basements. Though these are less common in this day in age, it is good to point out this dirt floors not just hold a large amount of moisture but can also give off a variety of gases. When constructing a cellar, make sure you have a floor drain with a trap installed at the lowest point of the ground.

Without a floor drain, any water that's spilled inside can't get out. Sump pumps are often used where flood due to a high water table might be a issue. Additionally, waterproof the exterior of the base walls and install a perimeter drainage system. A frequently overlooked problem in basements is moisture that comes from humidity.


The simplest way to control humidity is to exhaust water vapor produced in the home to the exterior. Signs of high humidity include condensation on windows, pipes or other surfaces as well a general sense of moisture in the air, dampness, and smells. Many times, the humidity is going to be brought on by exposing the cellar to outside air (open windows), using wet laundry hung to dry in the cellar, keeping firewood in the cellar, or a dryer vent that exhausts inside.

To reduce humidity, there are several things a homeowner can perform: install energy-efficient windows, insulate walls and cold water pipes, prefinished flooring if at all possible, run dryer vents to exhaust straight out and do not dry laundry or firewood in your cellar. In hot, humid weather, maintain cellar windows closed. The real key to maintaining basement humidity low is to keep them well ventilated and to keep extra moisture from the cellar.