There is nothing quite like having water where you do not want it. If you have ever had a flood, then you know what it is like to have to fight unwanted water. Flooding in a home can cause a lot of damage, and needs to be taken care of very quickly. This can include foundation repair, carpet cleaning, floor repair, and more. It is best if you can prevent the flood from ever occurring.

Many people do not realize that there are a few different things that you can do to waterproof your home. This article is going to cover just a few methods to help you waterproof your basement. 

Grading 

A major problem that many houses run into is the grading of the home will allow water to run back toward the house. This is obviously a huge problem because the water that runs back toward the house can enter into the home. One of the best things that you can do is grade the landscape to drain away from the home. It is also a great idea to install gutters that transport the water away from the home and the foundation of the home. 

Seal

You may also want to seriously consider sealing the basement of the home. First, you are going to want to find the best sealant that you can find. Talk with your local expert, and pick a sealant that is thick and strong. Once you have your sealant picked, apply the sealant throughout the entire basement of the home. If you can, it is also very good to seal the outside portion of your basement. This usually will include digging out around the foundation of the home. However, being able to apply the sealant to both the inside and the outside of the home is a huge benefit.

Sump Pump

Perhaps the single most important aspect of waterproofing your home is in the sump pump. A sump pump is a pump that will kick on anytime there is water. The pump has a floatation device that kicks up when in water, and the device will turn on the pump. Make sure that when you install the pump that you do it at the lowest point of the basement. It is also important that the pump is able to kick the water well outside the home. Pumping the water out of your basement does no good if it is simply going to run back into the basement. Be sure that the hose is long enough to get the water out of range of the home. 

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