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3 Unique Options For Basement Waterproofing


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Learn 3 Unique Options For Basement Waterproofing

Here are 3 Unique Options For Basement Waterproofing that you may be able to apply to your home. When you have a basement in your home, you must 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 preventive measures must be taken beforehand to prevent damage.

Waterproofing your basement will require you to do more than patch up the spots that have been troubling you. You need to locate the leak’s source and check the problems it has caused to your home’s foundation to prevent future issues. 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, a complication of the process and the time they consume:

1. Interior Sealant/ Waterproofing Paints

Although these are temporary solutions to basement flooding, they can help you find something permanent to eliminate 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 keep the humidity level under control. This can be a DIY solution and cheap and less time-consuming. However, if you have a severe basement flooding problem, this might not be the solution you are looking for.

2. Exterior Waterproofing

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 need a trench to be dug around your house leading to the foundation, and the walls will be sealed using a waterproofing membrane. Also, a drainage system will be set up along the footing to drive water 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. Polymers are known to last for a long time.

3. Interior Water Drainage System

An interior water drainage system is ideal if you are looking for a practical yet cheaper option for basement waterproofing. 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 for the perimeter drainage per linear foot and the sump pump cost.

The only drawback to this method would be the sump pump being off when there is no power. So if you can 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, don’t let just anyone work on your home.