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What is The Best Waterproofing Method for Basements?


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Our experience in Toronto and the GTA has taught us that the “best” basement waterproofing method is the one tailored to the unique needs of your property. 

When it comes to protecting your home’s lower level from the damaging effects of moisture, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. At Aquatech Waterproofing, we’ve completed over 50,000 basement waterproofing projects since 1996, which means we’ve seen it all and fixed it all

What Is The Best Waterproofing Method?

The best waterproofing method depends on the specific building and situation. Exterior waterproofing is generally the most effective as it stops water at its source. However, in cases where exterior work isn’t feasible, interior waterproofing combined with proper drainage systems like sump pumps can also be highly effective. Often, a combination of both methods provides the most comprehensive protection.

What Are The Best Waterproofing Products?

The best waterproofing products vary based on project requirements. For exterior applications, consider membrane coatings and waterproofing paints for robust foundational protection. For interior use, such as in basements, silicate-based sealers and epoxy injections are effective. Polyurethane liquid membranes are also excellent for providing a durable and flexible water barrier. Ensure you choose products specifically designed for your application area to maximize effectiveness and durability.

Tailored Solutions for Effective Waterproofing

Many factors come into play when choosing the best basement waterproofing method for your home. These include the age and design of your home, the local climate, soil conditions, water table level, and the extent of your water issues. Here’s a look at the most effective methods we at Aquatech have fine-tuned over the years:

Interior Waterproofing

For many homeowners, interior waterproofing provides a cost-effective and less invasive option. This approach involves installing a waterproof coating or panels to manage the water that enters your basement, redirecting it away via a drainage system. This is especially relevant in the Toronto region, where varying temperatures can cause shifts in soil and structures.

Price Range: $75-$100 per linear ft.

Exterior Waterproofing

Often considered the most comprehensive method, exterior waterproofing involves excavating around the home’s foundation and applying a waterproof barrier. This method directly combats hydrostatic pressure from the outside—preventing water from ever reaching the basement walls.

Price Range: $100 to $250 per linear ft.

Sump Pump Installation

An indispensable part of many waterproofing systems, sump pumps are designed to remove water that gathers in a sump basin, typically found in the basement. It’s a proactive measure that automatically keeps your basement dry, especially during heavy rainfalls or snow melts.

Price Range: $1000-$3000 per size of job

French Drain Installation

The French drain is a classic solution for redirecting surface and groundwater away from your foundation. It involves trenches filled with gravel or rock containing a perforated pipe to redirect water away from the property. 

Price Range: $150-$190 per linear ft.

Foundation Crack Repair

Sometimes, the best waterproofing method requires repairing the routes that water takes to enter your basement. Fixing cracks in the foundation can be a direct and effective method to waterproof your basement.

Price Range: $350 to $1,200 per crack

Assessment First

Before choosing a waterproofing method, a thorough assessment of the property is essential. Our team at Aquatech Waterproofing begins with a free estimate and comprehensive evaluation to identify the source of your water issues and recommend the ideal solution.

Customer Satisfaction at the Core

What truly determines the best method for your home is the satisfaction and peace of mind it brings you as a homeowner. With top-rated Google reviews and multiple Best of HomeStars awards, Aquatech Waterproofing stands out as a provider that homeowners trust for both immediate and long-term protection.

Your Next Step

If waterproofing your basement to protect your home’s value and integrity is your goal, contact Aquatech for a no-obligation consultation. Trust the experts to help you find the best basement waterproofing method suitable for your home.