To best understand how you can keep your basements dry, you have to have a good understanding of what causes moisture to happen in basements in the first place. Unfortunately, water has a way of finding its way into our houses. Due to the unique and interesting nature and construction of basements, these spaces are susceptible to getting wet. That is why there are three main basement waterproofing methods that can help in different ways. Read on to learn more about these basement waterproofing methods and how they can help!
Interior waterproofing methods are typically some of the easiest and some of the most affordable. These usually start with ensuring that holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and all-around doors and windows are sealed correctly and watertight. Water will frequently makes its way into our basements through these cracks, so correctly sealing them is the ideal step towards ensuring your basement stays fully dry. Special sealants could be used to effectively fill in cracks, preventing new moisture from traveling inside. These sealants are usually effective and come from extended warranties, guaranteeing their own effectiveness.
When it comes to damp and wet basements, the root of your issue is usually located outside your home. So, when it is time to waterproof the basement, it is crucial to look outside of your basement’s walls. Exterior waterproofing is usually a much bigger undertaking than the simple sealing process we use on the home’s inside. It is a good idea to consult the professionals when considering exterior waterproofing methods. Exterior waterproofing will usually require the excavation of soil that surrounds the foundation of your home. As you could imagine, this is a labor-intensive process which requires heavy tools and machinery. Once the soil around the foundation is removed, a waterproof sealant can then be applied to the exterior walls. The sealant is usually polymer-based, which lasts for the life of the building.
Drainage System Waterproofing
Drainage issues are usually the underlying cause of moisture inside of your basement. Having the correct drainage around your house is important if you want to keep the basement dry. These drainage systems aim to help direct water away from your home’s foundation. There are various drainage systems available to help control the water near your home. Make sure you examine the soil around your home. Different kinds of soil drain in different ways.
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