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How to Choose the Right Wet Basement Waterproofing Method


Every home owner sees a wet basement has trouble for. Whether it is an unfinished basement with damp walls or a wet finished basement, water is an enemy of your home. Mold and mildew are common problems that it causes. You can ruin your belongings as well as damage the stability of the foundation and weaken the structure when you expose them to water continuously.

You need the professional help of a basement waterproofing contractor if you are troubled by leaking cracks and damp walls in your basement.

How does a Basement Waterproofing Contractor take care of a wet basement?

Your basement as well as other areas of your home that require waterproofing would be reviewed by a basement waterproofing contractor. The contractor will identify the problem and give you some effective ways to handle it. The contractor will also suggest to you the best wet basement waterproofing method that suits your home.

What are the Different Wet Basement Waterproofing Methods?

  1. Sealants

The basement waterproofing contractor will seal the cracks if the water enters the basement through cracks and help you get rid of the problem. The cracks can be sealed with special sealant/waterproofing coatings to keep off the moisture and water.

It is worthy to bear in mind that sealants are not an ideal solution for a home with strong hydrostatic pressure even though it is an inexpensive way of addressing the water problem. The solution cannot work for a flooded basement but it is ideal for minor dampness.

  1. Crack Injection

These are perfect for foundation of poured concrete. If the contractor comes to a conclusion that the water seepage comes through the walls, epoxy or polyurethane injections are used to handle the cracks.

  1. Interior Waterproofing – Drainage System

This solution is often chosen by many home owners because of its low cost and it doesn’t involve exterior excavation. Another name for it is “water control” solution because it doesn’t stop the water from getting in through the walls of the basement. What it does is that it manages the water after it has entered the walls.

If you choose interior waterproofing, the basement waterproofing contractor will install weeping tiles to direct the water from the basement to a sump pump system.

The experience and the expertise of the basement waterproofing contractor should not be compromised. The structural integrity of the foundation can be damaged while installing weeping tiles and sump pump when you choose an inexperienced contractor.

  1. Exterior Waterproofing – Excavation

The basement waterproofing contractor will start by excavating the earth around your home. To take care of affected areas as well as install drainage tiles, the contractor will apply hydraulic cement. The contractor will build a window well for you for better waterproofing, if that is what you ask for.

“Positive side waterproofing” is another name for exterior waterproofing, and this is because it addresses the hydrostatic pressure and stops the water from getting into the basement.

Exterior waterproofing can be time-consuming and costly depending on the kind of water problem you have. If water infiltration is caused in multiple areas, excavation will be done around several foundation walls of your home. The cost of waterproofing the basement may be increased by it.

One Size doesn’t fit all

No best method exists for handling the dampness and flooding issues in the basement. No home is the same and it is important to address the problem by understanding the causal agent very well.

Sealants or crack injections will take care of the problem for a few home owners while exterior waterproofing services will be required by others. Thus, to get an experienced basement waterproofing contractor is very important. The contractor will suggest to you the right method for handling the wet basement.

Choose Pour Concrete, Toronto’s favorite wet basement waterproofing contractor if you are tired of leaky basement. The problem would be reviewed by the waterproofing expert and an exterior waterproofing and/or interior waterproofing service would be carried out to give you good results. Reach us online or call on 647-847-4009.