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Basement Waterproofing Do’s and Don’ts for Homeowners in NJ

Basement Waterproofing Do’s and Don’ts for Homeowners in NJ

Homeowners in NJ have constant basement waterproofing problems. I know this because I see them every day. Union is located in a humid part of the state where there’s constant moisture trying to creep into your home. As homeowners in NJ, here are a few do’s and don’ts for dealing with basement moisture.

DO Deal with It

Deal with moisture problems as soon as they arise. Don’t put it off or you could be putting your home at risk for water damage or indoor air quality issues. Warning signs include:

  • A musty smell
  • Standing water
  • Visible moisture
  • Foundation cracks
  • Discoloration on walls or ceiling
  • Rust on metal
  • Condensation

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If you detect any of these warning signs, act immediately.

DON’T Do It All Yourself

Don’t do it all yourself unless you know what you’re doing. ‘Know what you’re doing’ is a vague term, but basically don’t tackle anything you don’t have total confidence you can finish. There are all kinds of DIY kits on the market and some are probably good, but before you can use one, you need to fully assess the problem and diagnose a solution.

DO Your Homework on Basement Waterproofing

There are plenty of resources available for you to learn about basement waterproofing and I recommend doing so. There are many New Jersey basement waterproofing options out there. If you’re familiar with different methods, you’ll know what your basement needs. You’ll also know whether the contractor you hired has your best interests in mind.

DON’T Forget the Exterior

When we think basement waterproofing, we often think of the interior only. But there are many things you can do outside that will make a difference, such as sloping your yard away from your home’s foundation and adding drain pipe extensions. Take in the big picture before you choose your basement waterproofing solution.

DO Check the Sump Pump

Perform regular check-ups to make sure your sump pump is working and has the power it needs. It’s best to give it a quick check every couple of months. At least once a year, give it a more thorough inspection and cleaning. Perform a test run by pouring water into it and letting it do its thing. I recommend doing this before spring before the heavy rains start.

DON’T Buy Anything Marketed As an All-in-One Solution

There are products out there advertising themselves as ‘All You Need’ to keep your basement moisture-free. DIY sealants are an example of products that do this. There is no single solution that’s guaranteed to rid your basement of moisture. You have to consider various ways to keep moisture down.

DO Keep Your Basement Sealed

Some homeowners make the huge mistake of airing out the basement, but ventilation is not your basement’s friend. Keep it sealed and you can keep the air cooler and dryer. Letting in outside air will raise the humidity level.

It’s a constant struggle for homeowners in NJ to keep their basements moisture-free, but there are many things you can do to keep the moisture level down. Make sure you act right away when you detect high levels of humidity in your basement.