Homes with basements are susceptible to water damage. Damaged sewer lines, leaky water pipes and heavy rain are some of the common causes of basement water damage. To prevent water seepage into your basement, there are various basement waterproofing methods that you can use. Take a look at three of those techniques below.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
This type of basement waterproofing system is also referred to as positive side waterproofing, owing to the fact that it prevents surface water from entering your basement.
Exterior basement waterproofing requires multiple steps. To start with, the waterproofing contractor will dig out the foundation of the house down to its footings. They will then carefully inspect the exterior surface of the basement walls to check for any weak spots that may need to be repaired. Once damage to the walls has been fixed, a waterproofing sealer is applied to the exteriors of the basement walls, and then a waterproofing membrane, such as polyethylene sheeting wrapped around the foundation to protect against condensation, is also added.
A new footer drain is then installed, and the soil is put back into place. This helps to direct surface water away from the foundation of the house, thus preventing water damage to your basement.
Interior Basement Waterproofing
These are measures that can be taken to prevent water damage to your basement from the inside. These steps include applying waterproofing sealants and coatings that are designed specifically for use inside the home.
Usually, interior basement waterproofing is done after an existing problem has been discovered. It is the best form of protection against groundwater.
Interior Footer Drainage System Waterproofing
This involves installing a footer drain inside your basement to direct as much water as you can away from the foundation of your house. The drain slopes downhill so that it can allow the water to move to a collection point where a sump pump is installed. The pump's job is to move all the water out of your basement and away from the foundation of your house, keeping your basement dry.
Before spending lots of cash on waterproofing your basement, don't forget the nitty-gritty stuff, such as ensuring your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and that they move water several feet away from the foundation of your house. As basement waterproofing is a job that requires expert handling, it is best to hire a waterproofing contractor. You shouldn't take any chances where the structural integrity of your house and the safety of your family is at risk.Share
15 October 2019
Hello and welcome to my construction blog. My name is David and I would like to tell you about the process of designing and building a new home from the ground up. I had always dreamed of building my own home and last year, that dream became a reality. I had been saving money for many years so I could afford to buy the materials and employ the contractors needed to construct my home. I learnt so much during the process, I decided to start this blog. It was a wonderful day when the final piece of my home was put into place and I am now very happy.