Deal with Standing Water in Your Basement

If you're struggling with standing water in your basement, we're here to help. Dealing with this issue can be frustrating and potentially damaging to your home. In this article, we'll provide you with effective solutions to address standing water in your basement as well as our best recommendation on how we at EcoSpect will be able to best assist you. With our knowledge and experience, we can help you examine exactly what is going on, why you are dealing with this unfortunate problem, and transform your wet basement into a dry and healthy living space. Read on below to learn more!

First Steps to Take When You Notice Standing Water

Standing water in your basement can be a major concern, leading to structural damage, mold growth, and health hazards. Addressing this issue promptly is essential to prevent further damage and create a safe and healthy living environment. Here are the steps you can take to deal with standing water in your basement:

  1. Identify the source: The first step is to determine the source of the water. It could be due to surface water infiltration, plumbing leaks, or high water tables. Inspect your basement thoroughly to locate any visible signs of water entry points or leaks.
  2. Fix plumbing issues: If the water is coming from plumbing leaks, such as a burst pipe or a faulty water heater, you'll need to fix these issues before addressing the standing water. Ensure that your water is effectively turned off and then give us a call to come further survey the situation. 
  3. Improve basement drainage: Poor basement drainage can contribute to standing water issues. Consider installing a sump pump, which helps remove excess water from your basement. Additionally, ensure that your gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning properly to prevent water from pooling near your foundation. These are all services that are offered by our professionals at EcoSpect and can be discussed further during your consultation. 
  4. Seal cracks and gaps: Inspect the walls and floors of your basement for any cracks or gaps that may be allowing water to seep in. Use hydraulic cement or waterproof sealant to seal these openings effectively. Again, this is something we are happy to provide you with and help with. 
  5. Waterproof your basement: Applying a waterproofing membrane or coating to your basement walls and floors can provide an extra layer of protection against water intrusion. This can be particularly beneficial in areas prone to heavy rainfall or high water tables. This is part of our expertise and something we are proud to offer to the highest tier at EcoSpect. 
  6. Use dehumidifiers and fans: After removing the standing water, it's crucial to dry out your basement completely. Utilize dehumidifiers and fans to reduce moisture levels and promote airflow, which helps prevent mold growth and musty odors. At EcoSpect, we provide a variety of levels of dehumidification systems that we will speak with you about. We will ensure that you are aware of the options available and our best professional opinion for what would serve your situation best for the time being and going forward so that you don’t deal with more standing water problems in the future. 
  7. Call EcoSpect: If you're unsure about the best course of action or if the standing water issue persists despite any of your efforts, it's advisable to give us a call. As mentioned, we will be able to provide expert advice and offer specialized solutions tailored to your specific basement water problems.

Why Choose EcoSpect for Your Standing Water

At EcoSpect, we stand out from the competition with our commitment to excellence, our expansive knowledge of all things basement waterproofing, and our customer-focused approach. Here are a few reasons why you should choose us to deal with standing water in your basement:

  1. Extensive experience: With years of experience in the industry, EcoSpect has successfully helped numerous homeowners resolve their basement water issues. We have seen standing water time and time again and it does not intimidate or phase us. When we come to survey your situation, we will be able to assess the situation and handle it fully. Our expertise and track record speak for themselves.
  2. Local expertise: As a local company, EcoSpect understands the unique challenges posed by the climate and soil conditions in the Upstate NY and Finger Lakes area. Our solutions are designed to withstand the specific environmental factors that can contribute to standing water issues and basement water problems in this area.
  3. Competitive pricing: We believe that quality basement waterproofing should be affordable. EcoSpect offers competitive pricing options without compromising on the quality of our products and services. We also are proud to offer financing and payment plan options as we realize that, oftentimes, standing water issues arise unexpectedly. We want to support you in your time of crisis. 
  4. Long-term solutions: Our goal is to provide you with long-term solutions that eliminate standing water in your basement for good. We address the root causes of water intrusion, and provide you with solutions to ensure that you can enjoy a dry and worry-free basement for years to come. 
  5. Excellent reputation: EcoSpect has built a strong reputation for delivering exceptional results and outstanding customer service. We take pride in the positive reviews and testimonials we receive from satisfied customers who have experienced the difference our services make. Don’t hesitate to check out these reviews for yourself! 
  6. Comprehensive warranty: We stand behind our work and offer comprehensive warranties on our waterproofing services. This gives you added peace of mind, knowing that you're protected in the unlikely event of any issues arising after the completion of the project.

Some Additional Tips to Maintain a Dry Basement Going Forward

As discussed, we pride ourselves on only offering the best products and services to our customers. This does include warranties on our projects, but also ensuring that you are aware of how to best maintain your new waterproofed basement yourself is important to us, as well. Below are a few more tips on how to avoid standing water in your basement in the future. 

  1. Maintain your gutters and downspouts: Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are free from debris. Clogged gutters can overflow and deposit water near your foundation, increasing the likelihood of basement flooding. Consider installing gutter guards to prevent leaves and other debris from entering the gutters.
  2. Extend downspouts away from the foundation: Ensure that your downspouts are extended at least 6 feet away from your home's foundation. This will direct water away from your basement walls and prevent it from seeping into the ground near your home.
  3. Grade your yard properly: Check the grading around your home to ensure that the ground slopes away from the foundation. This helps water flow away from the house rather than pooling around it. If necessary, add soil to create the desired slope and prevent water from infiltrating your basement.
  4. Install window well covers: If your basement has windows that are below ground level, installing window well covers can prevent water from entering through these openings. Window well covers also help keep debris out and improve the overall appearance of your basement windows.
  5. Regularly inspect and maintain your plumbing: Leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures can contribute to basement water problems. Inspect your plumbing system regularly for any signs of leaks or drips, and address them promptly to prevent water damage.
  6. Monitor and control indoor humidity: Excessive humidity in your basement can lead to condensation and moisture buildup, even in the absence of standing water. Use one of our dehumidifiers to maintain optimal humidity levels and prevent mold growth and musty odors.

Don't let standing water in your basement cause you stress and worry. EcoSpect is here to provide you with effective solutions to deal with this common issue. With our expertise, advanced techniques, and exceptional customer service, we can transform your wet basement into a dry, safe, and functional space. Trust EcoSpect to handle your basement waterproofing needs and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a dry basement that's protected for years to come. Give us a call today with any questions or concerns with standing water in your basement!