High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Waterproof Your Summer Home's Concrete Basement

Construction & Contractors Blog

Waterproofing your summer home's concrete basement will protect the foundation and contents of your home from damage associated with moisture. If you have noticed small cracks in the basement's interior walls, make repairs before the problem becomes worse. The following steps will teach you how to fill the cracks and add a coat of protective sealer to the walls. 

Supplies

  • scrub brush (with stiff bristles)
  • bucket of soapy water
  • putty knife
  • sponge
  • tube of concrete patch
  • caulking gun
  • trowel
  • waterproof sealer
  • paint tray
  • paintbrush or paint roller

Clean The Walls And Eliminate Concrete Pieces

Clean the walls with a stiff-bristled scrub brush that has been dipped into a bucket of soapy water. Move the brush firmly over the concrete. Do not be alarmed if small pieces of concrete flake off near the cracked sections, This is to be expected if damage is present. If there are any small pieces of concrete that are stuck in some of the cracks, dislodge them with the sharp end of a putty knife. Use a sponge that has been dipped into plain water to rinse away any soapy residue that remains on the concrete. Wait for the walls to dry.

Fill Cracks With Patch

Fill cracks with a tube of concrete patch. To make the application process as smooth as possible, insert the tube of patch into a caulking gun. As you squeeze the gun's trigger, patch will be dispersed. Move the gun along each damaged area as you release the product until they are all filled. Smooth out the patch with a trowel so that it is uniform with the surface of each wall. Wait several hours for the repaired sections to dry.

Apply Sealer

Pour some waterproofing sealer into a paint tray so that it is easily accessible. Dip a paintbrush or paint roller into the sealer until it is evenly coated. Begin applying the sealer in one corner of one wall. Start at the top or bottom and add the product in straight lines. Add more sealer to the paintbrush or paint roller as needed.

Once all of the interior walls are covered, wait for the recommended amount of time that is listed on the back of the sealer's packaging for them to dry. To speed up the drying process, open windows in the basement or set up some fans to increase the amount of ventilation that is present. Once the walls dry, the basement and contents that are present will not be prone to water damage when it is raining.

For further assistance, contact a local professional, such as one from Central Penn Waterproofing.

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19 February 2016