A challenge that many homeowners face is basement waterproofing. It creates a domino effect problem if not done in the right way. Basement waterproofing will allow you do many things in your basement, starting with having a usable basement for whatever purpose you may decide.
The time when the foundation is built is the best time to do waterproofing
Waterproofing when the foundation is built will make sure that it will last for a long time. Another reason why this is also the best time to do basement waterproofing is because it’s much easier to get into small spaces before they are closed off due to constructions, such as corners and even areas where drainage pipes will be installed. You have to give the basement a very thorough check before deciding how to do the basement waterproofing if your house is old. Contacting a professional is a wise thing to do when doing waterproofing so that you won’t need to do it all over again because the waterproofing was wrongly done.
Waterproofing can be done in two ways: external basement waterproofing and interior basement waterproofing. Tanking is one of the common methods of external waterproofing. Tanking is a process in which a bonding substance or membrane is applied to the outside walls of your basement. The tanking should be done as your home is being constructed, especially in cases where the basement is underground. The outside drainage system is another method of external waterproofing. In this method, your basement will be constructed in such a way that the basement floor slopes toward your home’s sump pump.
A plastic honeycomb membrane is applied to the walls and floor of your basement for quick removal of any moisture from your basement. Another method of external waterproofing is the French drain. This waterproofing method is usually installed on houses that are located in parts of the country where there are heavy levels of rainfall and other types of moisture-based weather. The International Building Code only recognizes external waterproofing method as efficient enough to keep water from doing any intense structural damage to a home or building.
Moisture is kept from making its way into your basement by interior waterproofing. A sealant is applied on the walls and floor of the basement to prevent water and moisture from seeping through. It also prevents the growth of molds and mildew. Technically, interior sealants aren’t materials for basement waterproofing, but they can help you make do while you are working on other waterproofing methods. It is recommended that you do both the external and interior waterproofing, for best results.
Your basement forms the foundation of your house and because of this, it is important to do waterproofing. If your basement is not in the best condition, your entire house can be jeopardized in the final analysis.