If your basement is wet, you'll be at risk for insect invasions, mold, and a whole lot more. Paying a basement waterproofing services is often the best way to get your basement truly waterproofed. However, professional waterproofing can be a bit costly. If you're on a limited budget, here are some simple basement waterproofing solutions you can try yourself.
1. Seal all of the cracks.
Water typically enters the basement through cracks in the foundation walls. A waterproofing service would apply a coating to the walls to seal all of these cracks at once, but you can make at least some progress by sealing the cracks individually.
The best thing to use to seal small to medium cracks is usually silicone caulk. You can use the type intended for roofing. Scrub the crack clean, let it dry, and then squeeze a bead of caulk into it. Use your finger to smooth the surface of your caulk, and then let it dry before touching it again. Try to do this on a dry day when no more rain is expected for a while so that water does not seep in and ruin the caulk.
2. Run a dehumidifier.
If your basement walls are simply old and deteriorating, and therefore letting in some moisture through tiny holes, sealing all of those holes individually will prove to be impossible. A better option is to simply run a dehumidifier in hopes that it will remove moisture from the air faster than the moisture is able to seep in. Invest in the largest dehumidifier you can afford so that it pulls moisture from the air faster and you don't have to empty it as often.
3. Adjust the slope of your land.
Part of the problem could be that your land is sloped towards your home, and therefore water is draining towards your foundation. It's a big job, but you can attempt to adjust the slope of the land yourself. Pile more soil up near your foundation, and slope it back away from your home. (Hiring a landscaping team to do this may be more affordable than paying a basement waterproofing service, so consider this option, too.) While you're at it, also make sure your gutters drain a few feet away from the home. You may need to install longer downspouts to direct the water away.
If these solutions lead to a dryer basement, then you're set! If not, contact a waterproofing company, like J.A. Kilby Enterprises Inc.