When you have a basement in your home, it is essential that you know about waterproofing options because it is bound to cause you a problem in the future if you don’t get it waterproofed. If you live in a region where rain, snow and moisture levels are high, it is more than likely that you will face basement flooding. The threat is constant and it is essential that precautionary measures be taken beforehand to prevent damage.
Waterproofing your basement will require you to do more than just patching up the spots that have been troubling you. You need to locate the source of the leak and also check the problems it has caused to the foundation of your home so that you can prevent problems for the future.
Here are three unique options that you can consider for waterproofing your basement. These options combine the best of all extreme options that include affordability, complication of the process and the time they consume:
Interior Sealant/ Waterproofing Paints
Although these are a temporary solution to basement flooding but they can certainly help you while you find something permanent to get rid of your basement flooding. Waterproofing paints or sealants can be sprayed on walls or rolled up on the floors to prevent moisture from entering the basement and keeping the humidity level under control. This can be a DIY solution as well as being cheap and less time consuming. However if you have a serious basement flooding problem, these might not be the solution you are looking for.
This will require you to tackle the problem from the outside. However exterior waterproofing is a very disruptive, time consuming and expensive option. Exterior waterproofing will require a trench to be dug around your house leading to the foundation and then the walls will be sealed using a waterproofing membrane. Also a drainage system will be set up along the footing so that water is driven away from your basement. Since exterior waterproofing uses polymers to waterproof your basement, it is a more reliable and cost effective method in the long run and the polymers are known to last for a long time.
Interior Water Drainage System
If you are looking for an effective yet cheaper option for basement waterproofing then interior water drainage system is an ideal option. The approach used in this method requires a trench to be dug around the interior basement wall and then a drain is installed leading to a sump pit where the moisture is pumped outside. The cost will include charges paid to the contractors for the perimeter drainage per linear foot and the cost of the sump pump.
The only drawback to this method would be the sump pump being off when there is no power. So if you can manage to keep it running when the power goes off, this is a fail free method.
A plumber or a professional basement waterproofing contractor can guide you much better when it comes to interior water drainage systems for your home.