It is absolutely important to waterproof the basement and foundation of your home. Foundation waterproofing is an important step in maintaining your home’s value and also an important measure to prevent very serious damage to your property and your health. Usually done by experts, foundation waterproofing is usually not recommended as a do-it-yourself task.
Your house is likely your biggest investment, and waterproofing its foundation is vital in order to protect this investment. Ideally, waterproofing takes place as and when the home is being built. However, years of settling and water leakage or negligence on the part of the contractors often leaves the home’s foundation exposed to water leakage.
One short-term waterproofing method is using black tar for foundation waterproofing. However, this is not recommended. It is not long-lasting method that will dry out, crack and let water seep back in within few years. If you plan to attempt do-it-yourself foundation waterproofing, it is recommended that you use only rubberized liquid membrane. It is basically the same material that automobile tires are made of. The liquid membrane dries quickly; it is inexpensive and usually easy to apply. It can be applied with the help of a roller, sprayer or trowel. However you have to remember that there is a risk of inconsistently applying the membrane.