IDEAL BASEMENT WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS

There are several solutions offered for waterproofing for your home’s foundations. These solutions are can be categorized into three main systems of waterproofing. Traditional systems are still available today, as well as the up-to-date basement waterproofing systems that offer protection that is more superior. The systems are tanking as well as interior and exterior water proofing systems.

INTERIOR BASEMENT WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS

This is a method that is popularly employed. Instead of blocking the water from flowing inside your walls as tanking does, the water is allowed to flow into your house before being channeled away. Tanking brings out a modern solution through waterproof membranes. They are used to waterproof the interior walls while acting as an ‘umbrella’ of some sort. The membrane catches any water that gets into your basement thus letting it flow into the drainage. Weeping tiles and pipes are used in the drainage systems to direct water away from your home. Sump pumps, which are great water control systems that force water away from your house, can be fixed in some cases. Interior basement waterproofing systems are then hidden beneath your inner basement floor. They are very effective, useful and cost effective remedies for basement waterproofing, and deliver added advantages over the outdated tanking method thus draining instead of containing water.

EXTERIOR BASEMENT WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS

These systems have been in function for quite a long time, and are a reserved method that has with time evolved to become more efficient and substantial than before. Exterior basement waterproofing systems are applied during construction, since this prevents the need for digging. However, when applied as a post-construction system, it is very effective and worth the financial implications. The outside of your building is dug down to the footings of the foundations. Very good quality waterproofing materials are applied to the walls outside to inhibit water from getting into your home. The blocked water that collects is fed into drains, which were fixed to direct water away from the home. These are normally French drains.

Tanking systems

Tanking has always been a traditional approach to waterproofing. It involves work on the foundations of your basement’s interior. This is a system whereby all the inside walls are coated with such things as a thick layer of hydraulic cement, paints, resins or sealants for waterproofing purposes.

The result is a basement that looks like a protected tank in a way that water has no means of getting into the room’s interior. Many professionals still employ this technique, and amateurs can also be able to use it. Despite being a simple technique to implement, tanking has its shortcomings.

Firstly, the tanking systems can develop cracks due to underground vibrations or as the house settles. Another key problem is the method does not drain the water, which may result in pressure against the walls.

We do not use the tanking method at Aquatech Waterproofing. However, if we tank your walls, then we use delta membranes and cavity walls to form a barrier that lets water drain away safely from your house.

Which waterproofing system is best for me?

Though tanking has remained to be a popular option, we consider it an outdated system in the face of the current interior and exterior systems available. Exterior waterproofing systems are considered the most complete, since they inhibit water from entering your house. It is relatively costly, due to the digging required. It is highly recommended to those willing to spend. Interior waterproofing system ensures prompt relief from a leak issue and is simpler to implement. Water may get into your house, but is unnoticeably drained away and does not bring harm. Interior systems are less costly.