Downspouts and Basement Waterproofing

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Downspouts and WaterproofingWaterproofing your basement begins on the outside of your home. While you can’t keep water away from your basement, you can prevent water from collecting near it. Many homeowners are surprised to find that their basement water problems have ceased after extending their downspouts. Even basements with the best waterproofing systems could be infiltrated by water that pools near the basement wall. Much of this unnecessary water accumulation will run down the wall and be removed by the basement sump pump, causing it to work harder than what it should. In some cases, the sump pump may not be able to keep up. More common a problem than the sump pump’s efficiency is water entering over the basement wall.

If you see water seepage at the top of your wall, check for water accumulation near the foundation. Downspout extensions are not expensive by any means, and they can be installed by yourself. They should extend 8-10 feet from the house. You should also make sure that the gutters are free of debris and the grade of the yard does not slope toward the house.

To prevent other seepage problems, an interior waterproofing system must be installed.


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5121 East Front Street
Kansas City, MO 64120

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