Damp, Wet Basement Causes and Solutions

Find out how to keep your home dry with these tips for wet basement repair.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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The first step in wet basement repair is discovering the source of the moisture. By taking a few simple measures, not only can you repair a wet basement, but you can also prevent problems from occurring in the future.

Fun Basements, Family Approved

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Movie-Lovers Dream

Light colors, new furniture, and a couple of movie-inspired prints turned this dank basement into the perfect space for a marathon night of movie watching.  

Playful and Feminine

A wonderland for little girls, this basement playroom is full of girly accents but can be easily altered as little ones grow up.  

Groovy Appeal

Perfect for your growing teen, this super hip hangout spot offers just the right amount of fun and privacy for a major movie night event.  

Photo By: Ken Hayden

Rock On

Classic arcade games, a display wall of vintage records and crazy-cool custom furniture make this room the envy of every dad on the block.  

Family Fitness

Want to make the best use of your space and stay fit in the process? Consider turning all or part of your basement into a workout area for the whole household.  

Your Favorite Things

Turn your basement into a room to celebrate all the things you and your family love. A drum set for dad? An art studio for mom? Make it all your own, and you'll never get tired of it.  

Drive-In Design

A huge movie screen, a personal bowling alley and cool 1950's style make this one room that the whole family can appreciate.  

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A Penny Saved

A game room floor lined with 52,000 pennies makes a big statement in this otherwise understated game room.  

Fort Fun

Make your basement into the ultimate fort by upholstering the walls like designer Troy Beasley did here. The flowing fabric adds interest to the walls, and kids will love the tent-like appeal.  

From: Troy Beasley

Kid Friendly, Classic Style

Though traditional in appearance, this basement has all the ammenities to make it an enjoyable space for the whole family. You don't have to go all pink and blue to have a room the kids can enjoy.  

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Surefire sign of a wet basement is a persistent musty smell or condensation. If you begin to notice wet spots on the basement floors or walls, you probably have a basement moisture problem. Persistent condensation can lead to structural damage. In many cases, a dehumidifier can provide a solution.

Another common contributor to a wet basement is runoff from gutters. Directing them away from the foundation of a home can help to prevent a basement from becoming damp.

Basement cracks should be closed off with a concrete sealer. If you suspect groundwater swelling may be an issue, or that the implementation of a sump pump would correct your wet basement issues, then call in a professional for wet basement repair.

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