Let's identify some possible solutions for these issues.
Keep it dry
A dry basement is a safe basement - in most circumstances. Keeping the basement dry will deter mold growth and some types of cement or foundation failures, but this is not true in all circumstances.
Keep it ventilated
Air flow is important for keeping basements fresh. Some solutions to this are fans to allow air to circulate. As long as the air can enter and exit in the right places this will help with the circulation. Dehumidifiers may also help with ventilation. Exhaust vents are also sometimes installed in basements to allow air to move throughout the house.
Keep the humidity under control
Dehumidifiers can help with the humidity, as mentioned before. You can read more about humidity and find out if your basement is too humid in our article below:
Leaks can be a culprit of basement dirtiness. These leaks can be from multiple sources, such as the floor, walls, and even plumbing pipes.
Clean mold residue
If there is any mold accumulation in your basement currently, clean it out thoroughly. Remove any items that have mold growth and make sure to clean the surrounding areas thoroughly. Mold can infiltrate items in your basement, even if you can't see it. Allowing some mold to remain may allow it to come back in greater numbers in the future.
It's also important to remember that even if you do clean up the mold currently sitting in your basement, your basement may not stay fresh and clean for long. If the environment is ripe for mold growth, then that is exactly what will happen again if the environment isn't fixed. Waterproofing solutions may be in order if this is the case.
If you have old boxes, furniture, or other stuff in your basement, it can be difficult to see mold behind the mess. Oftentimes this allows for mold to grow without us catching it first. Removing old items in your basement may not necessarily fix all the mold issues, but it will allow you to catch it if mold growth starts to take place.
Another option is to organize your basement so that everything is seeable in case you need to inspect items for mold in the future.
Cleaning regularly is a spectacular idea for your basement. If you are using water to clean the basement, be sure it gets dried up when you finish so that it doesn't add to any mold or must issues.
For obvious reasons cleaning dirt, dust, and other residue makes for a fresh basement. As an added bonus, unwanted fungal growth will be stopped at its source so it doesn't take over the basement.
Clean your dryer vent
Dryer vents can be a surprising basement attacker. The vents can either accumulate moisture or add moisture to other areas, and by now you probably are aware, moisture isn't a good ingredient in the basement. Two things should happen with the dryer vent:
Clean it if it requires cleaning. It's not a bad idea to check up on it everyone once in a while.
Take note of where the vent exit is. Does that area typically get more moisture than other areas of the basement? If so, this may be an issue in the future.
We hope this list was helpful, and you should now be well on your way to having a clean and fresh basement.
Here are 21 ideas (and a bonus) for the best ways you can make use of your extra basement space.
1. Game room
Turn your extra basement space into a game room, whether it be video games or traditional arcade games. You could even bring a pool and ping pong table into the space, although those do take up more space. Air hockey would be a great addition. You could even combine this with a home theater, which we'll get to next on this list.
2. Home theater
Put up some sound panels on the ways, install a TV, bring in some comfy chairs or couches, and you have yourself a theater experience - in your home! You no longer need to spend $50+ to go to the movies because you can bring the movies to your basement. Don't forget your snacks, which you can store in your kitchen. See more about that next on the list.
3. Leave it empty, moldy & wet
Unfortunately, this is too common in basements, and most of us know someone who has this problem. Our goal is to rid basements of moisture and to allow you to make use of your basement.
An extra kitchen would be handy, wouldn't it? You can install a bar, sink, fridge, and cabinets to store snacks and more. This is great for parties and to invite guests over when the upstairs is unavailable.
If you have a lot of extra "stuff", using your basement as a storage locker may be a good idea. It's important to know, however, that if you have water problems in your basement, any boxes or other items you store may be ruined. Or worse, mold may accumulate on your items.
6. Work station
Do you work on projects regularly? Have you run out of garage space for those projects? You can always use your basement as a work station. Set up a work bench and some shelves on the wall to hold your tools, and you have a good start to your basement work shop.
7. Storm shelter
Depending on where you live, the basement is oftentimes the safest place to go when tornadoes or other natural disasters occur. In the case of extreme emergencies, you can always store food, water, and other survival resources in an area of your basement.
8. Home office
Basements are great for home offices. They also don't have to be super elaborate. Find a small (or large) area, put up a desk, and you have an office!
9. Living room
For larger families, or when you don't have a living room in the upstairs, the basement a great place to put one. You can put a TV in front of some couches, and it will look great alongside a kitchen & bar. The basement doesn't even need to be all that large, either! Small living rooms work great as well as larger ones.
10. Wine cellar
Have lots of drinks to store but nowhere to put them? Purchase a large rack (or build one yourself), and then you can store all your drinks in the basement. It's even better if you can set the climate or if you have a cellar in the basement specifically designed for drinks to be stored in.
11. Guest bedrooms
If you have relatives over somewhat frequently or just want to have an extra room in case of an emergency, you can always put one or more guest bedrooms in the basement. It's a good idea to also have a bathroom and shower in the basement to go along with the rooms, but they aren't absolutely necessary.
12. Apartment unit
Splitting up a multi-family home with an apartment in the basement is a smart play. You can deck it out to act just like a finished home with all the amenities that you'd see in a full-sized home. Or it's great to have the grandparents live on the main floor while the next generation sleeps in the basement.
13. Kids play area
There's no need to messy up the main level with all of your kids' toys. Instead, put a play area downstairs where they can make all the mess they want, and no one (expect you) will ever know what's down there. You could even go all out and make a jungle gym down in the basement or a foam pit for the kids to play in.
14. Home gym
Basements are excellent spaces for home gyms. Depending on the height of the ceiling, you could put barbell racks, dumbbells, ellipticals, mats, medicine balls, running machines, and more! If your basement floor is built for it, you could even put a mat down to drop your heavy weights onto without worrying about the noise level.
15. Laundry room
Speaking of noise levels, if you put your laundry room downstairs in the basement, you won't need to worry about the swishing and swooshing of your clothes being washed anymore. You will also have more room to organize the clothes once they are washed and dried. A smart idea is to set up shelves and dedicate a slot for each person's basket.
16. Hot tub & sauna
This is the dream basement for many people - a hot tub or sauna! You will want to make sure that the room is set up to hold any water spillage and the moisture that will inevitably steam onto the ceiling and walls. Any water not taken into account could cause damage to your basement area.
17. Music studio
If you have recording equipment, the basement is a smart place to put up some sound panels on the walls and create that album you've always wanted to. Or even if you don't wish to record, you could put a piano down there, or put up some guitars on the walls, and pull them down when you're ready for a quick jam session.
18. Arts & craft room
Another idea is to use the basement for art projects. Are you into drawing? Painting? Sculpting? Another type of craft? Make the basement into an arts and craft room, and you no longer have to set up the space every time you want to let loose on a creative project.
Do you own lots of books? Or maybe you want to, but you keep ending up having to throw out old ones because you're out of space. Put up some big shelves on the basement walls, and you can even organize them however you wish. It's your own personal library.
20. Video & photography studio
Videography and photography become bigger parts of people's lives year after year. You can use your basement as a studio to take a new family photo each year. Use a green screen, or you can set up new and unique backgrounds each time you want to take new photos or videos. Or you can build your personal brand with a unique set up behind the camera.
21. Pantry room
When you don't have space in your upstairs, the basement is a phenomenal place to store canned foods and other foods that won't go bad quickly.
Bonus. Freezer room
A freezer room is a great extra place to have when you find yourself storing lots of meat and frozen foods for longer periods of time. You can use a room in your basement to stock two or more freezers so you no longer need to worry about running out of space.
In this article we outline the essential steps you should go through when hiring a basement contractor to avoid losing money, time, and your basement.
What to Look for in Basement Contractor
There are some red flags to avoid in basement contractors and also some positives to look for.
Positive reviews online
Check on Google, Yelp, and Facebook to see how customers have reviewed the contractor in the past. Look specifically for contractors that didn't finish the job or ghosted the customer.
Complaints on BBB
Sometimes (not always) complaints can be made via the Better Business Bureau or other local review platforms. It's always a good idea to check these as well before hiring a basement contractor.
Quality of work
If the business has pictures of the work they have completed in the past, be sure to check those out, and make sure it is up to par for your needs. Sometimes customers will post pictures on Google as well where you can see the quality of work by the professional.
Signs of a Good Basement Contractor
What makes a good basement contractor?
When you call the company, do they do what they say they will at the time they said they would do it? Have they been honest in all their quotes and processes before you hire them. These can be a tell-tale sign of whether you should hire the contractors of not.
Do they keep you in the loop of what is happening at all times of your project? Sometimes contractors can go through extremely busy seasons, so it may take a few days to get back to you. But when they do, is everything provided that was promised?
This may go without saying, but it is also important to be sure that the basement contractor you hire is well-versed in basement "things". Have they been in business for 5+ years, or did they just open up shop this year? Generally the company that has been in business for longer has more to lose, so they are more likely to provide you with the best service.
Does the contractor have an official license? In most cases it is required by law, and it's suspicious in general not to have one.
It's always a good idea to have a backup plan in case something goes awry. If they contractor breaks something on your house or property, are they insured to cover those expenses and to what extent?
Sometimes products go bad (and it's not always the fault of the contractors). For example, if the basement contractor you hired installs a drainage system, and then the system breaks in a year, will you be able to have the company come out and replace the faulty product. Oftentimes basement companies will have a process for submitting warranty claims, so check to see if the one you are potentially hiring does as well.
Questions to Ask Basement Contractors
Make sure you have several questions lined up to ask your contractor!
And without further ado, here are the best tips we can offer on how to hire the best basement contractor.
1. Do Research Online
Make sure to do diligent research online before hiring a basement contractor. Find a list of the best basement contractors in your area and mark off contractors until there is only one left. This includes reading online reviews, checking out past work they've done, timeline, and budget. Also, it's important to remember that cheapest is not always the best. Sometimes the cheapest do the poorest quality work. Not always, but it's something to keep in mind.
2. Ask Friends for Recommendations
If your friends are homeowners as well, chances are they (or something they know) have gone through basement foundation or water leakage issues in the past. If so, they may know a basement contractor they trust. Reach out by word of mouth or on social media to see if anyone has any recommendations. This can be the best way of finding a crew for you, as you will probably trust your friends more than strangers online.
3. Watch Out for Basement "Salesmen"
Salesmen are oftentimes paid on commission. Large companies will oftentimes send out salesman to "sell" you their services rather than finding out the root problem in your basement and figuring out realistic solutions to fix them. Pride yourself on finding a company that provides "realistic" solutions to real basement problems.
4. Get Quotes (for Free)
Any basement contractor that comes out to check on your problems will send out a quote soon after they leave. Gather a few quotes from different professionals. Most will give these out for free, so feel free to ask two or three different basement companies to provide quotes!
5. Compare The Contractor Quotes
Again, it's important to remember that cheapest isn't always best, but you now can evaluate the pros and cons of each of your quotes. List out what is important to you and your family, and decide based on that.
6. Ask About License, Insurance, and Warranties Provided
Before making the decision to bring a basement contractor into your home, be sure to ask about their licenses, insurance, and warranties. This can save you headaches in the future big time!
7. Hire The Basement Water Controlled Team
Our team prides ourselves on living out these qualities. We'd love to help you reach your basement goals, and keep your home safe and dry for good.
Can improper lawn slope cause basement flooding issues?
Yes, improper lawn slope can cause basement flooding issues. In fact, poor yard drainage is a common culprit to basement leakage issues. Instead of rain flowing down and away from your foundation, your yard acts as a funnel and brings water into your home.
This is especially frustrating when heavy rains occur. The rain falls onto your yard and rolls down towards your foundation.
How to fix improper lawn slope flooding issues
The first step is to verify that this is the culprit to your basement leakage issues. There could be other issues involved, such as gutters and downspouts clogging or not pushing water far enough away.
In order to fix the lawn slope issues, you will need to make sure that the highest point of the yard is closest to your home, and that it has a funnel downwards and away from your home. This requires heavy equipment and machinery. This is not a one man with a shovel kind of job.
We always recommend consulting with a professional before making any changes to your yard, as the work done may not actual help solve the root issues.
As mentioned before, your basement flooding issues may not be the grading at all. It could be due to the fact that there are gaps in your soil that are allowing water to seep through and run up alongside your foundation walls or floor. The solution to this is backfilling dirt into these open areas in your soil. Again, we recommend hiring a professional to figure out which issue it is you are dealing with.
How much should by yard slope down?
As a percentage, you generally want your yard slope to be at least 3%. It can definitely be higher than that, but anything lower than that may be risky.
How can I tell if my yard needs more slope?
A good idea the next time it rains heavily is to take a peek outside your home's foundation. If there is standing water, it may mean that your yard needs to be re-graded. It could also shed light on some of the other issues mentioned earlier, but either way, standing water next to your foundation is not good news.
When is the best time to regrade my yard?
The best time in the midwest to regrade yards is summer through fall. The ground is the softest, and it will also allow you to lay grass seed or sod before it gets cold again.
Should I add dirt or remove dirt to get proper slopeage?
This is a tough question to answer without seeing each case individually. Oftentimes fixing yard slope issues involves a bit of both - adding to the top and removing from the bottom, and then leveling it out. This is another time we would recommend consulting a professional before digging in. It may save yourself a lot of headaches.
Dealing with a humid basement can be a pain. Learn why it is happening and how to fix it.
Why Is My Basement So Humid?
High humidity levels are caused by excess moisture in your basement. This can happen for various reasons, such as poor drainage or insufficient ventilation through the basement.
Sources of Humidity Problems
Humidity problems are oftentimes not the disease but rather a symptom of other issues. Humidity can be brought into your basement through the air, liquid water runoff, and a couple of other ways (but we'll keep it simple for this article).
Drainage systems are crucial for keeping moisture out of your basement. If you have poor drainage systems, humidity will easily find its way into your home. The most common basement drainage systems are the drain tile system, baseboard system, and a sump pump.
Another common issue we see is the slope of yards funnel towards homes instead of letting the water roll down and away from homes. Combine that with clogged gutters and downspouts, and you have a real issue at hand. The water enters your basement and causes unwanted humidity.
Ventilation can help carry moisture out of your home. This is the reason why basements are breeding grounds for mold and moisture. There generally is not much air flow in basements, and the moisture has nowhere to go. It ends up building up in the basement.
Appliances, such as washers, dryers, bathrooms, and kitchens can cause unwanted humidity problems. If you are running any of these appliances in or near your basement, they could be the source of the issues.
Sometimes new homes' basements can carry moisture and the problems that come along with it.
How Do I Reduce Humidity in My Basement?
Okay, what you came here for, right? How do you fix humidity issues in your basement? Truth be told, there may be some things you can do to lessen the symptoms, but if there is a "disease" in the basement, you need to fix it at its source, or the problems will keep coming back.
The dehumidifier is the most commonly known way to get rid of humidity in your basement. You power it on and let it do its thing.
However, as mentioned before, this may not fix your basement humidity issues for good. If water is entering your home through an external source, the dehumidifier won't fix that. You'll need to have it looked at by a professional to see what fixes need to be done.
Should a dehumidifier run constantly?
It is generally safe to run a dehumidifier all day. Most dehumidifiers will only run when needed and shut off once they reach a safe level.
Install a proper drainage system
Sometimes drainage systems are the only way to go to really fix your humidity issues.
Is 60 Percent Humidity Too High for a Basement?
Yes, 60% humidity is too high for basements. Generally, a safe humidity level is between 30-50%, but that can vary a bit depending on where you live and the conditions of your environment.
What Level of Humidity Will Mold Grow At?
Once humidity levels reach above 55%, mold can start to grow. That is why it is so important to keep moisture out of your basement, as mold is a serious health risk for people of all ages.
Have you ever felt energy-less on a humid day? It's not just you. High humidity levels can cause health and energy side effects. Moisture also can block your body from releasing heat, causing your body to over-heat in humid living conditions.
How Can I Be Sure My Humidity Issues Are Fixed?
The only sure way to guarantee a fix for your humidity issues is to hire a team of professionals that know what they're doing and have experience with these specific issues.
If you have a hardwood floor installed in your basement, moisture and temperature can also cause warping in the wood.
Moisture collects under the surface. Some parts will be dry or cool, others will not which leaves parts of the wood warped and other parts not.
What is Warping of the Slab?
Warping of the slab, oftentimes known as curling, is when parts of your concrete slab slant up or downwards because of the temperature and moisture difference in separate parts of the concrete. Dry parts will often curl up along the edges, and wet parts sink down in the middle.
Will Basement Warping Cause Cracks in My Basement Floor?
Oftentimes cracks will occur when a basement floor curls, but this is not always detrimental. Sometimes cracks will occur, but the foundation load is still okay to hold. It's best to hire a professional to inspect your specific situation.
Basement Floor Bulging vs. Sinking
Some basements floors will bulge upwards, whereas others will sink downwards. The cause of this depends on what the underlying issue is.
Cost to Fix Warped Basement Floor
If your warped basement floor needs fixing, there may be several options. The cost depends on which option you go with. Foundation repair is oftentimes not cheap, but it can be a great investment into the safety and worth of your home. You can see our full waterproofing cost estimate here.
Will It Get Worse?
One thing we know from over 50 years of waterproofing basements is that the issues don't fix themselves, and most of the time they get worse.
The best way to be sure that the issues you are facing will not get worse is to hire a professional team to give you an inspection.
Sometimes there are obvious fixes, and other times the fixes are quite unordinary. Be sure to hire a team that has lots of experience with your specific issues. Here are questions to ask waterproofing contractors.
If your basement drain is clogged, find out why it's clogging, how to fix it, and what you can do to stop it from clogging again in the future.
What causes a basement floor drain clog?
Most basements have drainage systems that take unwanted water from the home's foundation, and channel it away from the house. The two most common systems we install are the drain tile system (otherwise known as the French Drain) and the DRY-UP Baseboard waterproofing system.
A common cause of a clogged basement drainage system is improper slope. Oftentimes we see channel systems installed at an incline rather than a decline, or it goes up and down rather than only downwards. Gravity will pull the water to the lowest point, and this can cause clogs.
Debris causing a clog
The most common case of a basement floor drain clog is because debris is blocking the drainage pipe. This could be trash that shouldn't have been thrown down the drain or an assortment of other disposed items, like hair or dirt.
Cheap, outdated, or broken drainage pipes
Sometimes unreliable waterproofing companies will install cheap and non-durable drainage systems. These will inevitably cause issues to arise in the future when large amounts of water need to channel out. Also, if your house is a bit older, the system may just need an upgrade.
Signs of clogged basement drains
If you are experiencing any of the below issues, they could be caused by a clogged basement drain.
Warped basement floor
If your basement floor is curved or slumping in an unnatural way, this could be caused by water being backed up underneath the concrete surface.
The most common telltale sign of a clogged basement drain is standing water on your floor.
How to unclog a floor drain
Here are some simple solutions for unclogging a floor drain. Remember, it is always best to consult with a professional before trying any of these solutions.
Snake the drain
A common fix to a clogged basement drainage system is to use a snake to pull out unwanted debris. You must be careful using this method, however, as some basement drainage systems could be damaged by some of the snakes. Again, we recommend consulting with a professional before you risk ruining your drain pipes.
Baking soda & vinegar
Sometimes the ol' baking soda & vinegar trick will work. Simply pour it down the drain, and see if it helps clear up the clog.
A plunger may also do the trick. Simply place the plunger in the entrance of the drainage pipe and have at it.
Turn off water
It's important to recognize whether your clog is coming from inside the house or outside. If, say, a laundry machine or leaking interior plumbing pipes are causing the issues, be sure to shut off the water before trying to fix the problems.
Mold is not good. Be sure to dry your home properly if you've recently experienced water leakage.
Why is my basement floor drain flooding?
As mentioned before, you need to be sure to diagnose your floor drain problem before trying to fix it. There are dozens of reasons why your basement is flooding, and by not understanding the problem before trying to fix them, you are risking "fixing" the wrong problems and causing more severe damage in the future.
One time or recurring flooding?
Another point to consider is whether your basement drain clogs frequently or this was a one-time event. If this happens frequently, we know there is an underlying cause that can be fixed. We also can be sure that if it has happened several times previously, it will probably happen again in the future. This makes solving the issue a high priority, as waiting to fix your clogged drains will cost you thousands in fixes.
Can I pour Drano down my basement drain?
Before pouring Drano down your basement drain, it is important to recognize what type of drain this is and what its purpose is. If this is a sewage drain, then it is probably safe to pour Drano down. If this is another type of drainage system, be sure to check with your local contractor professional to be safe that is will not cause unwanted damage.
How much does it cost to unclog a basement drain?
The price of unclogging a basement drainage system depends on the culprit of the clog. If it is a simple fix, you may end up only paying in the hundreds. If your basement drainage systems need to be upgraded, it could cost anywhere from $2,000 - $20,000 to resolve the issues.
Old house basement drain clogged
As briefly mentioned before, old houses were not always built with high quality drainage systems. They used what were available at the time, but these older houses oftentimes need new basement drainage. As always, consult with a professional before making a decision on fixing your basement drains.
Are you stuck with water in your basement and wondering what your next steps should be? This article will give you step-by-step instructions on how to dry your basement and keep it dry for the future.
First, be sure to check if any electrical devices are still plugged into your basement walls. These can be dangerous when there is standing water in the basement, so be sure to stay away from those until the basement is dry.
Get the Water Out of Your Basement
Your first step is to get the water out of your basement.
You can use a sump pump to drain the water out of the basement. Keep in mind that if you do use a sump pump, the water may just end up back in your home unless you drain it to a place that won't funnel down back into your home.
Another option is to use a shop-vac to suction the water up. Make sure to dump far away from the foundation so it doesn't end up back in the house minutes or hours later.
Dry Out Your Basement
Once you have gotten any standing water out of your basement, you'll want to dry it out as much as possible.
A dehumidifier is an excellent option for drying out your basement. Simply plug it in (to a safe outlet) and let it do its thing by drying out moisture from the air.
A dehumidifier can also help prevent mold, as the best way to prevent mold is to make sure no water remains. Along with a dehumidifier, you can purchase mold-reducing products that will stop mold from producing after water damage. Make sure to remove any damaged materials and furniture, as mold can grow on an assortment of surfaces.
Dry Your Furniture
If you decide to keep your furniture, make sure it has been completely dried. Again, you don't want mold to grow or for the wood structures to rot out from the water damage.
Search For Damage
Water can cause a lot of damage. It's important to check to see how much damage has occurred and what damaged items you'd like to replace. Homeowners insurance oftentimes does not cover water damage that comes from a source outside of the home. It's best, however, to check with your homeowners insurance company to be safe.
Don't forget to check under carpeted areas and behind furniture!
If there was standing water, be sure to clean any items that were touched by the flood water, as it can oftentimes be dirty and even muddy.
Wood will sometimes need to be replaced, even if it doesn't seem wet from the outside. Wood can by dry on the outside and wet on the inside.
Diagnose How the Water Got In
After you have dried out your basement, it's vital to diagnose how the water came into your basement in the first place.
Sometimes it comes up through hydrostatic pressure from beneath your home's foundation, and other times it is heavy rains that cause the water table to rise too high surrounding your home. You may even see a pipe burst and cause a wet basement (homeowners insurance does cover this often). Or there are simply too many cracks in your basement floor that are letting water go straight through.
Whatever the case, be sure to figure out how the water came into your basement so you know how to come up with a battle plan for the future.
How Much Water in the Basement is Bad?
Prevent Water From Getting in Again
Once you figure out how water entered your basement, it's important to put measures in place so it doesn't happen again. Basement waterproofing systems come in several shapes and sizes. The best way to figure out which waterproofing system you need (if any at all) is to contact a professional waterproofing team to have it checked out. Oftentimes, basement waterproofing companies will offer free estimates, so it can't hurt to give one or two a call to look over your basement.
Nobody wants to see moisture on their basement stairs. The obvious reason is because your basement stairs are wet, and you need to walk up and down them. The other reason is that there could be deeper issues at hand. The water had to have come in from somewhere, the questions are "where did the water come from" and "will it continue to come in?"
Diagnose: Where is the water coming from?
Water can enter basements through many ways - walls, cracks in the floor, windows, cove joints, moisture coming up through the floor, and more. Diagnosing where the water is entering your basement is the first step in stopping these issues. An experienced professional will be able to diagnose these issues a lot quicker than the average homeowner, so we always recommend having a pro check it out just to be safe.
How do I keep water out of my basement stairs?
To keep water out of your basement stairs, you'll need to channel the water away from your home's foundation. This can include keeping the grade of your yard sloping away from your home, cleaning out gutters and downspouts so water doesn't overflow onto the ground, and a variety of other waterproofing techniques.
Here are some of the most common ways to keep moisture off your basement stairs.
Clean your gutters
If your gutters have debris in them, they could overflow and spill onto the ground near your foundation. During the spring season and on rainy days, the soil could become oversaturated, and it won't have anywhere else to go but into your basement.
Slope of yard
If your yard is sloped downwards toward your home, the water will take the path of least resistance. So, again, when it rains or during melting season, the water will funnel into your home. If your stairs are near the wall, they could be left wet if untreated.
Caulking is one of the best ways to waterproof the exterior or your basement. It is essentially a thick paint that doesn't let water through. It takes hard work and heavy equipment to apply, but it's worth it if it keeps water off your basement stairs.
Dehumidifiers can also help keep moisture out of your basement and away from your stairs.
Fears: Dangers of Wet Basement Stairs
Slip and Falls
Wet basement stairs can lead to slips and falls. This is not good, given that basement floors are hard and not pleasant to land on.
Mold is a silent striker. It can sometimes be hidden, but it's there, and it is not healthy. Breathing in mold can be harmful to you and your family's health. Fix your moldy basement.
A little bit of water may not immediately rot the wood stairs, but after consistent exposure, the wood will decay and be left for dust after many years of moisture.