Basement Waterproofing Methods – What Are My Options?
Nothing is as heartbreaking as finding out your once clean and dry basement is damp and smelly. Water and moisture are its biggest enemies. So, you must do everything possible to stop them. Otherwise, mold can quickly take over this space and vermin can turn it into their second home. Repairing a water-damaged basement isn’t going to be cheap. You could spend several hundred dollars on restoration.
You can avoid water damage by implementing some of the proven basement waterproofing solutions. We’ll highlight common waterproofing methods and what role they play in keeping the basement dry before we recommend the best way to waterproof your basement.
Rainfall and broken water pipes can send huge amounts of water into your basement, compromising the structural integrity of your home. Your best bet against flooding, which happens from time to time, is installing a sump pump. It will eject any water that collects in the sump pit out of the basement and prevent water damage. When shopping around, be sure to size it properly so you don’t end up with a sump pump that won’t move out water fast.
Summers are typically hot and humid across the city, which means humidity levels can surpass the 50% mark. High moisture levels can foster mold growth and instigate secondary damage. Wall paint may peel, floorboards can warp, and other wooden fixtures may rot or decay. Your only hope against moisture infiltration is a dehumidifier. If possible, buy a unit that can cleanse the air of odors and at the same time suck moisture out of the atmosphere. For help installation or sizing, contact your local basement waterproofing contractor.
Another waterproofing solution that can prove useful in combating moisture and water is the BasementGutter™ interior drainage system. It’s basically a perforated pipe that’s inserted in a trench that runs along the perimeter of your basement floor. Once set up, the trench is filled with gravel and sealed with cement. Water that gets inside is collected and channeled to a sump pump or redirected to external drainage.
Basement and egress windows are necessary fixtures; however, their seals tend to wear out with time, causing leaks. If you’re experiencing heightened moisture levels, get a window well. The right window well cover won’t just prevent water damage, but egress windows will make it easier for you and your loved ones to exit the home via the basement during an emergency.
As part of your waterproofing initiatives, consider adding an insulating material on the basement walls. It will help prevent moisture infiltration and slash the costs of heating. What’s more, the insulation works to prevent drought and frozen pipes in winter. Vapor barriers typically used for crawl space encapsulations also can be used on basement walls to help with the waterproofing process. Not only will water flow behind the barrier and down to the interior drainage system, but these plastic-like sheets also help improve the appearance of the basement walls.
Waterproofing your home doesn’t just happen on the inside. You have to deal with water from the outside as well. And this is where downspout extensions come in handy. Their purpose is to redirect any water from the gutters away from the foundation of your home so it doesn’t enter the basement and cause damage.
We strongly recommend that you use a BasementGutter™ system, a sump pump, and a dehumidifier. All three can bolster your waterproofing initiative and create a dry space. The first two work together to collect and remove water while the dehumidifier clears any lingering moisture from the air. Each person’s situation is different. Before you apply a solution, find out whether it suits your home or not.
Need help in waterproofing your basement? Schedule a free basement waterproofing inspection and our experts will advise you on the measures you should take to protect your basement from both surface water and moisture.