How to Keep Your Basement Dry Year-Round

A dry basement opens up a world of possibilities. Imagine a home gym, a playroom for the kids, a guest suite, or even your own man cave or she-shed. With confidence in your basement’s dryness, you can invest in furniture, electronics, and other belongings without worrying about moisture damage. But even if you plan to only use your basement for doing laundry or storing off-season clothes, it’s vital that it be dry to preserve your belongings. At Rightway Waterproofing Co., we’ve spent over 25 years transforming damp, dark basements into dry, functional living spaces. But before we get to the exposed brick walls and comfy movie nights, there’s one crucial step: ensuring your basement stays dry throughout the year.

Where Is the Water in Your Basement Coming From?

A wet basement can be a real mystery, and the source of the water isn’t always obvious. Here are the main culprits:

  • Surface Water: This refers to rainwater that hasn’t been properly diverted away from your foundation. It could be due to clogged gutters, improper grading around your house, or even a downspout that empties too close to the foundation. Signs of surface water intrusion include water pooling near the basement walls, especially after heavy rain, and dampness concentrated on the lower half of the walls.
  • Subsurface Water: This is groundwater that seeps through cracks or gaps in your foundation walls or floor. The pressure of the water pushing against the foundation can be significant, especially during periods of heavy rain or high water tables. Signs of subsurface water intrusion include water appearing anywhere in the basement, even in the middle of the floor, and cracks in the foundation walls or floor.
  • Leaky or burst pipes: Even a minor leak, if left unaddressed, can gradually contribute to a damp basement environment. On the other hand, a burst pipe can lead to substantial flooding, causing extensive damage to the property and requiring immediate attention to mitigate the impact.

Maintaining a Dry Basement: What You Can Do Yourself

Here are some key things you can do to prevent moisture problems in your basement:

  • Mind Your Gutters: Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water drainage away from your foundation.
  • Landscape Like a Pro: Regrade the soil around your house to slope away from the foundation. This simple step helps prevent water from pooling near your basement walls.
  • Inspect Your Pipes: Look for any leaks or cracks in your water pipes and address them promptly.
  • Promote Ventilation: On dry days, open basement windows to encourage air circulation. You can also consider installing an exhaust fan to help remove moisture-laden air.
  • Dehumidify When Needed: If your basement feels damp or musty, a dehumidifier can help control humidity levels. However, it’s important to note that a dehumidifier is a preventative measure, not a solution to major water intrusion.

When DIY Isn’t Enough: Signs You Need Professional Help

While these DIY tips can go a long way, there are times when professional intervention is necessary. If you’re facing any of the following issues, it’s time to call Rightway Waterproofing for a free consultation:

  • Visible cracks in your foundation walls or floors: These cracks can allow water seepage into your basement.
  • Musty odors: A persistent musty smell is a telltale sign of mold growth, which thrives in humid environments.
  • Water stains: Water stains on basement walls or floors indicate past or present leaks.
  • Efflorescence: This white, powdery substance on basement walls is a sign of moisture migration through concrete block or poured concrete walls.

The Dangers of Wet Basements

A wet basement is more than just an inconvenience. It can pose serious health and safety risks, as well as damage your belongings. Here’s why a dry basement is essential:

  • Mold Growth: Mold thrives in damp environments. Exposure to mold spores can cause respiratory problems, allergies, and even skin irritation. A wet basement is a prime breeding ground for mold growth, posing a health risk to your family.
  • Structural Damage: Water can cause cracks in your foundation to widen, potentially compromising the structural integrity of your home. Left unaddressed, this can lead to expensive repairs.
  • Damaged Belongings: Furniture, electronics, and other belongings stored in a damp basement are susceptible to water damage and rot.
  • Reduced Property Value: A wet basement can significantly decrease the value of your home. Potential buyers will be wary of the potential for mold, structural issues, and the cost of repairs.

If you suspect a water problem in your basement, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. Don’t wait for the problem to worsen – contact Rightway Waterproofing Co. for a free consultation. We can help you identify the source of the water and develop a plan to keep your basement dry and healthy.

Rightway Waterproofing: Your Partner in a Dry Basement

At Rightway Waterproofing, we’ve seen it all when it comes to basement moisture problems. Our experienced team uses state-of-the-art techniques and high-quality materials to ensure your basement stays dry for years to come. We offer a variety of basement waterproofing solutions and mold remediation services. We’ll work with you to find a customized solution that fits your specific needs and budget.

Don’t let a damp basement hold your dream finished space hostage. Contact Rightway Waterproofing Co. today for a free consultation! We provide basement waterproofing services throughout New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. We look forward to helping you unlock your home’s full potential.

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Hear What Our Customers Are Saying!

John and Barbara Vicich

“We wanted to thank you for your personal and specialized attention to the water problem we had in our basement. You took the time to inspect the whole situation and gave us recommendations, all of which worked. You had a way of explaining the process and materials that would be used in a way that we understood. We are very pleased with the work that was done and would highly recommend your company to anyone.”

-John and Barbara Vicich

Debbie, Berwyn

“The day after Hurricane Irene, all of my neighbors basements were filled with water, while mine remained dry! It is wonderful, everything remains dry and the battery backup worked beautifully when my power was out for 2 days. Dry AND quiet, thank you, thank you! Thanks! Debbie, Berwyn”

-Debbie, Berwyn

Doug Smith, Glenside

“All I have to say is that Hurricane Irene was no match for the job that Rightway did for my basement and my father-in-law’s. I had my basement done 5 years ago and we are still bone dry and my father-inlaw’s was done last year and another dry basement… Great job! I highly recommend them for waterproofing and mold remediation.”

-Doug Smith, Glenside


“I’d highly recommend these guys for your basement. My basement has been dry since they installed a sump pump and French drain in June. They offer a competitive price, they get the job done quickly and they stand by their work. Please mention my name if you proceed down the road with these guys.”


Angelo and Sandra Patiri

“We had our basement waterproofed with Rightway Waterproofing in 2007, after all this time and just getting through Hurricane Irene, we did not get a drop of water in our basement. Rightway Waterproofing did a very good job and we are very satisfied!”

-Angelo and Sandra Patiri