Well-timed wet basement repair and the following preventative works will allow you to use the room for storing root crops, canned vegetables and fruits, gardening equipment and other things that are necessary on summer cottage for a long period of time.

Basement waterproofing repair

It is waterproofing that breaks more often in cellar and basement. Its repair is the most important repair and restoration work.

At first the waterproofing inspection is conducted in order to determine its nature and construction. New waterproofing should be similar to the old one in quality and homogeneity of applied materials.

If rubberoid based on bitum mastic was used earlier for membrane waterproofing, so it is recommended to use similar rolled material, applied to insulated surfaces on bitum mastic, for new waterproofing. If tar paper based on pitched mastic was used as rolled material, it is necessary to use the same tar paper. The material homogeneity break weakens protective qualities of insulated surface.

Having determined waterproofing nature, the basement is being dried out.

The brick laying is being plastered and floated, the floor is being smoothed by screed coat of send-cement mortar. After the basement drying out, on walls and floor they apply rubberoid in 2-3 layers with the upstand up to 10-15 cm on joints.

The application of sheets is performed with heated bitum mastic to primed surfaces. Walls priming is performed by cut-back bitumen.

Sheets are adhered from the bottom upwards smoothing carefully. Rubberoid sheets edges are pinched in brickwork joints or are attached by wood strip on nails.

When filling leaks in walls and foundations, the pointing of cracks or defective areas at a depth of 2-5 cm and cleaning cracks from dirt and concrete peaces are performed. Then cracks are being filled with cement of 400 grade with liquid glass.

The received composition is wormed into the crack in layers, until the general thickness of filling area is equal to the thickness of cellar of basement wall. It is necessary to work with the composition in rubber gloves.

Preventative works

Apart from all the wet basement repair measures mentioned above, it is also necessary to clean, wash, ventilate and disinfect cellar and basement from time to time, in order to prevent mildew occurrence.

Disinfection is an important preventative measure, because food products are stored in basements. So it is essential not to let the infection penetrate into it.

It is recommended to use fresh mortar, because it is more effective. Hard-to-reach spots are sprayed with rubber bulb.

A strong manganese solution, also tobacco decoction are used as a disinfectant solution.

More often it is waterproofing that breaks in the basement the first. The question of its repair and reconstruction is always on the first place. Before repairing it is necessary to determinate the level of waterproofing material damage. When applying new layers they should be necessarily attached to old ones, and the material should be the same.

Protecting wall

It is laid in ¼ – ½ brick thick. Having finished the wall laying, plaster it with sand-cement mortar. Fill cracks in walls with cement of 400 grade, with diluted silicate glue. Before filling point cracks for 2-5 cm depth, clean it from dirt and old concrete and water it. When floating with the mortar the general thickness of restorable area should be equal to the basement wall thickness. The cause of water occurrence in the basement can lay in coverage layer integrity damage around the building. In this case it will be necessary to reconstruct damaged layer and to make a new leveling of territory near the house.

Break damaged coverage, compact the soil, pour chip or sand and lay concrete or asphalt with preliminarily determined inclination from house walls. When performing wet basement repair, you can increase the width of the pavement to 1.5 m with the inclination from basement walls equal to 1:10. Fill cracks and pot holes in the coverage with sand-cement mortar.