If you have a basement foundation, keeping water out can be a major task. As your home gets older, water can find its way in through failing waterproofing and cracks in the foundation. There are many things that can be done to deal with water inside, but you may also want to improve grading and drainage and to repair waterproofing. Here are some tips to help you with waterproofing your home from the inside out:
1. Dealing With Moisture In The Basement Using A Foundation Drainage System
One of the problems that you will have to deal with in a basement is moisture that builds up on walls. This is caused by condensation and natural perspiration of the concrete. This is why you will want to have an interior foundation drainage system installed, which will deal with this moisture, as well as any other water problems in your basement.
2. Using Water Resistant Materials To Finish Exterior Walls Of A Basement Foundation
When you finish the interior of your basement, it is important that water resistant materials are used in some areas. One of the most important areas to use waterproof materials in is exterior foundation walls. There are wall systems that can be used to protect your home from water and moisture and give your basement a nice finish.
3. Repairing Exterior Foundation Waterproofing And Cracks To Keep Water Out
Exterior foundation waterproofing is what keeps water from getting into your basement. Over the years, this sealant can become damaged and cause leaks and cracks. If your foundation waterproofing is failing, you will want to have it repaired. You may want to consider upgrading it if you have an older home with asphalt-based sealants for waterproofing.
4. Reducing Static Pressure Problems With Grading Improvements And Exterior Drainage
Static pressure is what causes damage to foundations due to water drainage. This is caused as water pushes against foundation walls as it filters through the ground. To prevent these problems, you will want to have good grading and drainage. You may want to improve grading and add things like dry wells to deal with water. You can also improve gutters and add drainage lines to downspouts to reduce static pressure at your foundation.
These are some tips to help you waterproof your basement from the inside out, to ensure that water does not find its way into your home. If you need help with some of these repairs and improvements, contact a basement finishing contractor like Hopley Builders Inc to get help with finishing and improving your basement.Share