Almost Everything You Need to Know About Basement Waterproofing

Aug 17, 2015

The last thing that you want to have to deal with as a homeowner is a basement that fills up with water every time it rains, or even one that is just “swimming” in moisture and humidity.

Water is absolutely the most destructive force inside of a home (outside of fire, of course), and once it starts to penetrate your home, it’s going to really do a number on all of the structural support components and pretty much everything else in its way. It doesn’t take all that long for water to do its dirty work, either. Not only will it start to weaken structural components, but it’s also going to support mold and bacterial growth that can really harm people living in the home without them even being aware of the problem.

This is why you’re going to need to make sure that you handle all of your basement waterproofing issues ASAP with the help of The Crack Doctor. Here’s how to begin tackling the problem.

Believe it or not, basement waterproofing objects start at the roof

Though you are going to want to make sure that your basement is as high and dry as possible, a lot of the basement waterproofing work is going to start at the opposite end of the house – up on your roof.

Because water naturally runs downhill, all of the rain that hits your roof is going to funnel its way down your home and into your basement unless you have created an intelligent drainage design that handles all of the overflow for you.

Your home should have gutters that are clean and free of obstruction, but it should also have downspouts that lead to strategically placed drainage systems to wash extra water away from your basement instead of towards it.

Exterior and interior basement waterproofing options help you really lock out the moisture

You’ll have a variety of different waterproofing options available to you when you do make it down to the basement, but all of them are going to boil down into two different categories: exterior and interior solutions.

Exterior solutions include digging out the foundation to apply a tar like membrane all over the foundation walls, installing new French drainage systems around and underneath the foundation, and a handful of other options you might be encouraged to consider.

Interior waterproofing solutions for the basement are going to revolve around water management issues, including humidity control systems, membranes that can be applied to the interior walls, and “leak checks” and spot repairs that keep the water out of your basement for good.

Contact the Crack Doctor to find out which basement waterproofing solutions are right for your home.

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