Whether you have a finished basement or one that you rarely visit, this article and video will tell you what to watch for to keep your basement dry and safe, and we also include some ideas and tips for making the best use of the space in your basement.
Let's start first with an overview of how your basement works. What makes a basement a basement is that some portion of it is underground, and it has walls, columns, and beams which support your home.
When it rains, water seeps into the ground, which in addition to soaking the soil, it also raises the water table. This added water increases the hydrostatic pressure under your floor slab and around the walls of your basement, which drives moisture into your basement. It also pushes on the concrete which can cause cracking, which in turn, allows more moisture to penetrate. In addition to the problems that this moisture causes in your basement, it also increases the humidity in the main part of your home, which can lead to problems there as well.
Now let's look at what to watch for in your basement:
And now let's look at some ideas and tips to help you get the most out of your basement.