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Considering Basement Waterproofing? Don’t Miss Out on These Waterproofing Considerations

on November 25, 2015

A wet basement is probably the biggest nightmare to happen to a home owner. OK. There are many problems related to a residential property that can cause you a lot of trouble and stress, but believe it, a damp basement can actually send shivers down home owners’ spine.

Persistent leaks or dampness in your basement has to do with your foundation, the base your home is built on and what keeps your home where it is. Leaks, seepage or dampness around your basement contributes to the major issues in the foundation of your home.

If you’re dealing with seepage and wetness in your basement that are breeding mold and making your underground spaces unpleasant, you need to contact an experienced waterproofing contractor that can provide you with a basement waterproofing solution. While you find a reliable waterproofing contractor, there are a number of choices in basement waterproofing systems and solutions that you need to know about in order to have the most effective one installed in your home.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions

A leaky or damp basement if not detected and tackled properly can get worse over time and lead to severe problems like unstable foundation and mold infestation.

What kind of waterproofing solution will go well with your basement issues depends on the specific situation and construction of your home and the type of basement system you have in place. Additionally, the cause of leakage or water damage has a major role to play in the installation of an appropriate waterproofing system.

Here are the three common basement waterproofing solutions you can choose from:

  • Interior Sealants

Most often its cracks through which water seeps into the foundation and undermines it. However, they can be easily sealed to keep your basement dry. Sealants are commonly injected into the cracks and openings to seal the path off and prevent moisture and water from penetrating through.

While sealants come as a great solution that lasts a long time and prevents humidity and leaks, they don’t prove to be an appropriate repair if there is strong water pressure pushing against the foundation.

  • Interior Drainage System

Having an interior water drainage system installed is another good way to deal with water that has make it into your basement through seepage and leaks. The drainage system installed will collect water from the footer of the foundation and pump it out away from the basement.

Interior water drainage system is an efficient solution that doesn’t necessarily require professional help. It is important to ensure the system works even when the power is out.

  • Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior waterproofing is one of the most effective waterproofing solutions. The solution involves excavating around the home and down to the footer of the foundation and seal the walls with a waterproof coating to ensure water doesn’t penetrate through the walls.

Leaking or damp basement can be a serious problem and can cost you a lot of money if not fixed in time. To avoid any structural damage and potential problems from a leaky basement, get in touch with a professional contractor who can provide your home with the most suitable waterproofing solution.

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