A Simple Do-It-Yourself Test To Determine If Your Basement Needs Waterproofing

31 July 2023
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Are you looking for a cheap and easy way to determine whether or not your basement needs waterproofing? If so, you have definitely come to the right place. This is because the simple test below can be done on a do-it-yourself basis with minimal supplies. 

What You Are Going To Need

Before you are able to complete this DIY test, you will need to gather a few supplies. These supplies can be picked up at just about any hardware, home improvement, or big box store. To complete this waterproofing test you will need the following:

  • enough plastic sheeting to cover both your basement walls and floors
  • heavy-duty tape (you will need enough to tape around all sides of your plastic sheeting)

How To Perform The Test

Performing this test is very simple. Begin by covering both your basement walls and floor with plastic sheeting. Be sure to securely tape all sides of your plastic sheeting so that there is no airflow between the plastic and the surface you are covering. This should be done using heavy-duty tape that is resistant to moisture to ensure the plastic does not fall during the duration of the test. Once you have all of your plastic sheeting in place, you will want to simply walk away for a few days. 

How To Read The Results

After a few days have passed, it will be time to return to your basement to read the results of your waterproofing test. This is done by removing each sheet of plastic and inspecting the inside of the sheet for moisture. If any moisture has built up between the plastic sheeting and the surface where it was hung, this indicates that your basement does in fact need waterproofing. However, if the plastic remains dry, there is no moisture seeping into your basement. 

What To Do Next

While determining whether or not your basement needs waterproofing may be an easy DIY task, actually waterproofing your basement is a task that should be left to the professionals. If you have detected moisture in your basement, you will want to contact a knowledgeable waterproofing contractor to determine your best course of action. Be sure to inform this contractor of which areas of your basement tested positive for moisture. This will help your contractor to determine how the moisture is getting into your basement and what the best waterproofing system will be for your specific needs 

For more info about basement waterproofing, contact a local company.