Do you have water in your basement and need wet basement repairs?

How Your Landscaping Can Help With Wet Basement Issues

No homeowner ever wants to deal with a wet basement, because ultimately, that could turn into a wet basement. Too much moisture in your basement can lead to other issues, such as rotted sheetrock, warped floors or black mold. Any upholstered furniture can develop mildew, while your electronics can fizzle out. And the worst part about it? Your wet basement can lower your property value by upwards of 25%. When it comes to finding solutions for a wet basement, many homeowners find that correcting some landscaping mistakes can help.

Landscaping Retaining Walls

While you may think of a retaining wall as a container for plants or a barrier, it's a key part of your landscape's drainage capabilities. A retaining wall should not only look good, but it should provide the ability to drain properly and should be constructed to last.

There are a few things to consider when building a retaining wall, including the condition and type of soil, the direction of the water flow, how much volume of water can be properly managed, and the geometry of the retaining wall's location.

The most common materials used for a retaining wall include timbers or stacked stone. If your retaining wall is not properly constructed, you may create a water pit that eventually seeps into your basement.

Natural Drainage Swale

If your property has an area that is continuously wet, this could be a natural drainage swale. Usually, this area is lower lying than the surrounding areas, and perhaps it drains off into a nearby stream. Landscapers will usually take advantage of this area, and if you don't have a natural one, they'll integrate a man-made swale into your landscaping in order to effectively drain water.

Swales are extremely useful in that when properly directed, can also serve as protection for trees located on your property. An unmanaged runoff generally causes erosion, causing tree roots to become exposed and subsequently killing the trees. What does a properly managed swale have to do with a wet basement, you ask? Well, a properly directed and managed swale means the excess water will not end up in your basement.

For more information on how to avoid a wet basement or ways to waterproof your basement, please contact our experienced team.