Basement Moisture Control

When it comes to unneeded and unwanted moisture, basements tend to be the leading way that water enters your home. This happens because of the way groundwater can erode and seep into the smallest vulnerabilities of your basement.

Basement moisture control becomes even more difficult when you realize that most causes of excess moisture tend to recur. By understanding why this happens, we at Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions, LLC  feel that you can choose a more suitable and permanent option for controlling basement moisture.

What Causes Excess Basement Moisture?

The causes of excess basement moisture are almost too many to list, but the primary offenders are:

  • Poor water drainage surrounding the foundation of your home
  • Cracked basement walls
  • Water that drains under the basement floor
  • Poorly sealed basement walls and joints
  • Damaged basement structures that have been repaired improperly


The numerous causes of excess basement moisture create a situation where pinpointing the problem becomes impossible for all but the most experienced of waterproofing companies. Our experience and expertise are two reasons that our customers choose Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions, LLC to get the problem fixed the first time.

Types of Basement Moisture Control

When it comes to controlling basement moisture, there are a few options available to you. These options can be divided into active and passive measures.

The active moisture control measures act more as solutions for excessive moisture. They tend to remove the moisture directly rather than preventing it from infiltrating your basement.

Some examples of solutions that actively reduce moisture in your basement include:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Sump pumps
  • Diversion drains


Passive solutions, on the other hand, make it substantially harder for water to infiltrate your basement. The main advantage of these solutions is the way that they safeguard your structure from recurring water damage, though it is worth noting that they may not be sufficient alone in some situations.

Some examples of passive moisture control include:

  • Wall sealants
  • Basement wall repairs
  • Water diversion that diverts water away from the basement and foundation
  • Gutters
  • Sealing basement windows and doors
  • Repairing eroded concrete and cracks in the basement


The downside of passive moisture control options is that they are limited to the amount of water they can prevent from entering your basement. Even if they can completely stop every drop of water from a torrential flood, they will eventually erode as the water continues to chip away at your basement structure.

When combined with active moisture control, these solutions are usually enough to keep any basement dry as a bone. This is because the passive options protect against moisture infiltration while the active measure actively eliminates any moisture that passes your basement’s moisture barrier.

Why Does Your Basement Leak if It’s Been Previously Repaired?

One problem customers who have had their basements repaired by other businesses typically face are repeated problems with excess moisture. This happens because, while the basement itself may have been patched, the overarching problem causing water infiltration was not repaired properly.

When repaired properly, water infiltration should be minimized. Passive protection needs to be added to ensure that any repairs to the basement last, which in turn maximizes the effectiveness and longevity of any basement moisture control.

This two-fold approach works especially well if you have ever had your basement flood or if you have continuously had to deal with a hot, humid basement during the Spring or Summer.

Take Care of Your Basement’s Excess Water the Right Way

The most important idea to take away about excess moisture in your basement is that it can be effectively handled in ways that are both lasting and cost-effective. The only challenge revolves around ensuring that the right steps are taken to protect against water infiltration.

When you choose to work with Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions, LLC, you’re choosing a leading expert in preventing water infiltration. Everything from small, microscopic leaks to major faults in your basement’s walls can be handled by us.

Unlike the competition that opts for a quick and often repeated series of fixes, we aim to solve the problem in one attempt. We utilize our knowledge of water diversion to maximize the longevity of our repairs while minimizing the overall costs of keeping your basement dry.

To learn more about our services, or to see why we are the preferred waterproofing company in the Sandhill and Raleigh areas, contact us today for a free estimate.