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Basement Waterproofing – Tips for Dealing with a Damp Cellar

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Many businesses including restaurants and shops depend on their basements or cellars for storage. These spaces are invaluable for ensuring that the business remains stocked and is able to meet the demands of its customers.

However, cellars are prone to cold and damp. If the dampness is not dealt with properly, the area will become unusable. The business will suffer losses as their goods are damaged by moisture, mold and pests. It is therefore important to ensure that the space is waterproof.

Where is the moisture coming from?

Before you invest in basement waterproofing, it is important to understand where the moisture is coming from. This will guide you in the application of the best waterproofing system for your situation. There are two main sources of moisture in cellars.

  1. Ground water

This is water that occurs naturally in the ground. When it rains or when snow melts, the water seeps into the soil. This results in an increase in hydrostatic pressure in the soil as a result of the risen ground water table. Water can seep into the cellar through cracks or crevices in basement walls and floors causing the cellar to become damp.

  1. Moisture from the interior

There are various sources of moisture within cellars that can cause the cellar to become damp. These include utility lines, leaking pipes, open drains as well as poor ventilation in the cellar.

How to Deal with the Moisture

There are various methods of basement waterproofing that you will be presented with when you have a damp cellar. It is important to choose the method that is suitable for your situation.

  1. Waterproof the walls

This helps to stop water from entering the cellar through the walls. Waterproofing systems can be installed both internally and externally. They may include the installation of a waterproof barrier such as a high density membrane.

  1. Reduce condensation within the cellar

Everyday activities of your business such as cooking may be causing the build-up of humidity. This contributes to moisture in the cellar. You can prevent this build-up by providing adequate ventilation that draws the moisture out of the space.

  1. Damp proofing the floors

It is also important to ensure that moisture does not penetrate the cellar through the floors. You can do this by ensuring that the floors are damp proof. This includes installing a damp proof membrane in the floors.

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3 Responses

  • Nov 15, 2017

    I didn’t realize that cooking could be causing the build-up of humidity in my basement. There’s been quite a bit of condensation in my basement, and I would like to prevent that from further happening. Perhaps I’ll look into basement waterproofing as an option I could do to take care of my home.

    Larry Weaver Nov 15, 2017
  • Nov 21, 2017

    Thanks for your comment about how you should make sure that your walls are waterproofed both externally and internally so that no liquid leaks through. I did not know that humify could build up in your home just by cooking. I appreciate the tips. My husband and I are looking into contractors to waterproof our basement so that it stops getting dampened.

    Ashley Maxwell Nov 21, 2017
  • Dec 6, 2017

    I’m glad you talked about how water can seep into the cellar through cracks in the walls and floor. My dad is looking to get some waterproofing done for a home that he wants to build up the street from me. I’ll be sure to talk to him about taking care of cracks in the walls and floor.

    Kyle Wayne Dec 6, 2017

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