Do you feel damp or wet in your basement? Are there puddles or flooding when you go downstairs? Wet basements can cause serious mold and mildew problems, as well as structural damage. If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it is time to find a solution for your wet basement problems.
There are several basement-waterproofing techniques – but which is right for your home and budget? Continue reading to find out more about the most popular basement waterproofing methods.
Professionally Installed Basement Waterproofing System
Let’s first look at the two main types professional-installed basement waterproofing system options available to homeowners: 1) Exterior foundation sealing systems and 2) Interior basement waterproofing.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing Systems
Exterior basement waterproofing systems can be applied to the foundation of a house. These are some of the most common methods:
- Application of cement waterproofing
This involves applying a cement coating to the basement or crawl space of the home, sealing the foundation. This process can be done by excavating the foundation depending on the extent and location of the leak. Cement waterproofing is relatively affordable and can be affected as the foundation settles.
- Install a waterproofing membrane
This is one of the most reliable methods of waterproofing. It involves excavating around the entire foundation of a house to install a waterproof barrier on the crawl space or basement. This is the most effective, but also the most costly method of basement waterproofing.
- Exterior weeping tile or French drain installation
This waterproofing system does not use tiles, but a series or pipes that are installed next to the foundation. These pipes have small holes that collect groundwater and transport it away from the foundation. This method requires excavation around the affected areas of the foundation.
Interior Basement Waterproofing Systems
A basement waterproofing system is installed in a crawl space or basement of a house. There are several commercially available interior basement waterproofing options:
- Interior foundation coatings
There are many interior foundation coatings that can be used to seal basements from foundation leaks or weeping. These coatings can be applied using a brush or a sprayer.
- Concrete and crack sealers
Concrete crack sealant can be applied inside a crawl space or basement to stop water from entering the foundation. It is similar to cement waterproofing.
- Water vapor barriers
It may be possible to place water or vapor barriers inside the basement or crawl space of your home. A vapor barrier is a mat or rubberized board that blocks water from entering a basement.
These systems can be applied in a variety of ways, and each system is different in terms of cost, technology, and application. Any one of the systems, or any combination thereof, may work for you depending on your home’s construction, location, budget, and how much water is currently in your basement.
Consult a basement-waterproofing expert before you choose the system that’s right for you.
Do you want DIY Basement Waterproofing Systems to be a reality?
An intrepid homeowner could install many of the basement waterproofing solutions listed above, as well as interior coatings or water vapor barriers. Their effectiveness can’t be guaranteed. It is a good idea to have a professional install your basement waterproofing system. There are steps you can take to stop water from getting into your home.
- Keep gutters clear and clean.
- Routing gutters away from the foundation of a house
- Keep landscaping (trees, and shrubs) out of the foundation of your home.
- After each use, ensure exterior faucets are turned off.
- Installing a sump-pump in your basement
For long-term success, choose professional basement waterproofing systems
It is up to you to decide whether professional or DIY basement waterproofing is best for you. We recommend that you hire a professional basement waterproofing company or handyman if you are dealing with basement flooding, basement wall weeping, or damage to your belongings.
Local providers will be able help you decide which solution is best for you.
For best results, follow the instructions of the manufacturer if you decide to go DIY. You can keep your basement dry by combining any of these solutions with landscaping or maintenance.