Two of the primary waterproofing systems are going to be described here so you can get a little better idea of which one might work best for you and your needs. Of course we’ll give you more in-depth information later but this should help you out for now

Exterior Barrier

This type of exterior waterproofing system helps to keep water out in the first place. This basically puts up a wall between the inside of your basement and the outside. These systems can be very strong and keep water or moisture from getting in no matter what season you’re in so you won’t have to worry about rain in the summer or melting snow in the winter.

Interior Barrier

This type of interior waterproofing system helps to keep water out in the first place. These systems can be very strong and keep water or moisture from getting in no matter what season you’re in so you won’t have to worry about rain in the summer or melting snow in the winter.

If your barrier system isn’t working all the time then that means it’s time to get it replaced. You want your basement protected at all times and from all types of moisture.

How often should you waterproof basement?

Checking over your basement and your waterproofing system every year is very important. You want to make sure that you’re looking over the system completely and fixing any problems as soon as you spot them. A minor problem can become a major one faster than you think and that’s definitely not something you want to get mixed up with.

Yearly adjustments and fixes can save you a lot of trouble and a lot of money as well. They’re definitely worth the effort. Now remember we’re talking about minor repairs that may need to be done every year or so. As far as major repairs on concerned you can rest easy knowing that a proper installation of a waterproofing system will last for several years without necessitating these fixes. In fact you should have a good five to ten years without worrying about replacing the waterproofing system or conducting any type of major without necessitating these fixes.

Of course it’s important to always consider the exception to the rule – living in an area that’s extremely rainy, or prone to excess flooding. If this is you, then it’s possibly that your waterproofing system will only last a couple years. That’s because the buildup of water that most homes get in ten years, you may get in only three. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can really do about this except accept it (or move but that’s a little drastic don’t you think). In this case you’ll want to install a waterproofing system that’s going to work the best for you and then you’ll go from there.

Consult with an expert who can tell you the best possible waterproofing system, the one that’s going to last the longest. Of course you probably want to do things yourself but if you don’t know what you’re doing you could cause more harm than good. And cost more money than you save.

Water damage can be extremely costly. In fact, one study shows that in 2014, the average cost of water damage repair is roughly $11 per square foot. So, if you have a 500 square-foot basement, you could be looking at at least $5,000 for restoration. That is reason enough to invest in waterproofing interior basement walls.

Even if you have a basement sump pump, a French drain system, or even a battery backup sump pump, there is no substitute for waterproofing interior basement walls, as well as exterior ones. The reason for this is that if your basement leaks when it rains, the water that seeps into your basement can cause serious damage to your electronics, your carpeting, and also the structure and foundation of your home — even before you can pump it out.

Subsequently, waterproofing may be your best first line of defense against water damage.

Here are a few benefits of basement waterproofing:

Energy Savings

The water that leaks through the cracks in your foundation and into your basement can also bring in cold air. As a result, your heater will have to work extra hard during the cold season to heat your home. You could simply remove the excess ice or snow surrounding your foundation, but that won’t necessarily stop the water from seeping in through the soil. In the summer time, water leaks can add extra moisture to your house, making it hard for your air conditioner to battle the increased humidity. Ultimately, you will be saving money on energy bills if you waterproof the basement.

Your Health

Even small amounts of water that trickle into your basement can be detrimental to your health. When water and moisture are allowed to fester on drywall or wooden beams, mold can form within 24 or 48 hours. Many different types of mold can be toxic, such as black mold, and in some cases, it can be deadly. A few of the main symptoms that stem from mold exposure include asthma, allergic reactions, and trouble breathing.

Resale Value

A basement is a perk that many home buyers look for during their search for the perfect home. You could significantly up the value and appeal of your home by waterproofing the basement. It will be considered a safe, usable space, and often times, homeowners don’t realize that the basement is usually a large chunk of their home’s total square footage. A huge water tight basement could essentially be a great selling point.

So, consider waterproofing interior basement walls, and repairing any cracks in your foundation. Other than a sump pump, it will be the best way to save your home from thousands of dollars worth of damage, and deadly heath conditions.