Prevent Water From Damaging Or Entering Your Commercial Building's Concrete Basement

Posted on: 29 July 2016

If the concrete basement inside of the commercial building that you own often becomes filled with several inches of water whenever it rains, the following tips will assist with eliminating water and preventing additional moisture from entering the basement. By utilizing these tips, the basement will remain damage-free and you can safely store items inside of it without needing to worry about them being prone to water damage.

Hire A Plumber To Install A Sump Pump

Hire a professional plumber to perform a sump pump installation in the basement''s concrete floor. A hole will be created in the flooring and the pump's base will rest inside of it on top of a layer of gravel. Once the pump is secure, concrete will be added around the equipment to assist with holding it in place.

A PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe will be attached to the top of the pump. The opposite end of this pipe will be installed through one of the basement's walls. Whenever it rains, any water that accumulates on the basement's floor will be dispersed through the PVC pipe and deposited outdoors. 

Fill Cracks In Concrete Walls And Apply A Sealer

Use mild detergent, water, and a sponge to clean the basement's interior walls. Once stains have been eliminated you will be able to determine if there are any visible cracks in the concrete. If so, fill them with an even layer of concrete patch. Many types of patch come in tubes that can easily be applied with a caulk gun. After filling the cracks, smooth out the surface of the patch with a putty knife. Wipe away any excess patch with a damp sponge.

Wait several hours for the patch to dry. Afterwards, apply an even coat of waterproof sealer to the interior, concrete walls. Use a paint roller or paintbrush to apply the sealer in straight lines. One or two coats of sealer will provide sufficient protection from moisture. 

Level The Property And Clean Out The Gutter System

Use a rake to level the property near the outside of your business. If there are any parts of the property that contain deep holes, fill them with topsoil before leveling the ground. Remove debris from the inside of the gutter system to ensure that water can flow freely through the pieces that it is made out of. Eliminate hardened residue with soapy water and a scrub brush. Rinse the gutter system out with water when you are done. Make sure that the endpiece of the gutter system is lined up correctly so that water will be deposited away from the building.