If you have a wet basement, there are likely numerous factors that are causing it. It could be the overall amount of moisture in the soil, the foundation of your home itself, or a number of other issues. Here are some tips for mitigating the problems that could be causing your wet basement that you can control, allowing you to reduce the amount of moisture in your basement to the point where you can easily waterproof it and keep the moisture out for good.
1. Check Your Gutters
The next day when it rains heavily, make it a point to be home so that you can watch where the rain that is collected around your house by the gutters. If the gutters deposit the water too close to your home, chances are good that it is artificially inflating the moisture level in the soil in certain areas of your home. For example, if all of the gutters redirect the water to a corner of your house and dump it out in a single corner, that area of soil is going to be far more saturated than the other corners and sides of your home. You want to be sure to avoid this as much as possible.
To fix your gutter problem, you are going to need to make sure that you get your gutters redone so that the water is deposited evenly around your house so that you don't accidentally oversaturate the soil. Until you can get your gutters redone, you will need to take care of your water dispersal yourself. Place buckets where the water is being deposited and then disperse the water manually until you have the time to have professionals come to your home.
2. Make the Grade of Your Soil Level
Next, you want to check the grade of your soil. If the soil around the edges of your house is sloping downwards, any water that falls on these slopes are going to go down towards your home. You need to take this into consideration because this is going to raise the moisture level around your basement. You can go to a home and garden store to purchase topsoil to fix the grade of the soil around your home. To use your topsoil, simply locate areas of the soil around your home that appear to be sloping downwards. Fill them in and tamp down the soil until it is perpendicular with the walls of your house or even sloping gently in the opposite direction. This will cause the water to redirect away from your house or at least be undirected.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in basement waterproofing.