Whether you are looking to repair water damage in your basement or you are looking to take some precautionary measures against water damage, you should understand the basics of waterproofing. Every single situation is unique and choosing the right technique, materials and contractors is important to great waterproofing work.
Creating a comprehensive solution and understanding where moisture is coming in or will come in is the key to success. There are really only three methods used in waterproofing – drainage, exterior, and interior. Here is a little more information on all three methods:
- Every basement and/or foundation has some sort of drainage. This is to help keep unwanted water out and keep moisture under control. Many basements will utilize a sump pump, which will collect the water and pump it outside away from your foundation. Drainage systems are important in basement waterproofing, as they work to keep your basement dry. You may also see vapor barriers used with some drainage to help keep mold and mildew from forming.
- The most common basement waterproofing done today is exterior waterproofing. This method helps to prevent water from entering your basement and prevents damage. This method typically involves excavating around the foundation to the bottom and applying a sealant that is waterproof. It also directs water down to a drainage system that either slopes and leads the water away or is directed to a sump pump.
- The most common types of waterproofing repairs are done on the interior of the basement or foundation. Most often it is cracks in the foundation that have caused the water problem. After the foundation has been repaired by a foundation repair company, you can then have a basement waterproofing company, such as Home Spec Advanced Basement, seal the basement. Special sealants can be used that penetrate and block potential moisture and leaks. In addition, using a waterproof coating on the inside of your basement is a great idea to head of minor dampness and condensation.
While none of these techniques or methods will prevent damage from severe water leaks or flooding, it can help provide a level of protection. Nobody wants a leaky basement or to experience foundation repair due to moisture. While sealant may be enough for one foundation, another may need multiple sealants and a drainage system. It is best to work with an experienced waterproofing company to determine the best option for you situation.