Wet Basement? 4 Ways Your Basement Can Get Damp (And What to Do About It)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by Amber Ainsworth

If your basement is damp or wet, there are several ways the water could be making its way under your home.

1) Exterior Air

When it is warm outside and that air gets inside a cold basement, the basement can become damp. 

2) Wicking

Even when a block wall is not leaking, water that is inside the wall could be moving to the surface of the wall, making it damp. This phenomenon is known as capillary action. 

3) Water Vapor

Water vapor can make its way into your basement through your floor or walls.

4) Water Leak

Ground water can leak into your basement through cracks and rod holes.

A basement with water on the floor

So, what should you do if there is moisture or water in your basement?

First, contact us so one of our inspectors can do a thorough inspection of your home. Once they determine the problem, they will provide you with the options available to solve the issue.

Some solutions for your wet basement may include an interior drainage system, a dehumidifier, a vapor barrier, or some combination of these products.

Interior Drainage System

An interior drainage system is installed beneath the floor. When water gets into the basement, it drains into the system, where it is then moved to a sump pump or drained outside.

An interior drainage system with a sump pump


Dehumidifiers circulate dry air in your basement, while collecting and removing moisture. This water is then drained into a sump pump pit or a drainage system, or carried away via a condensate pump.

A dehumidifier

Vapor Barrier

Vapor barriers on your basement walls help keep moisture and humidity out of the basement by directing it into an interior drainage system. Plus, the barriers are clean and bright, enhancing the look of your basement while keeping it dry.

 A wall with a vapor barrier

Every home is unique. A professional on our team will evaluate the problem you are having and provide you with a customized approach to solving your issue.

Whether it's one of the solutions above or another approach, you will be presented options that will offer a long term fix that aligns with your goals and budget.

Contact us today to schedule your free estimate and get the process started!

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