Waterproofing is one of the most important steps you can take to protect the integrity of your home. When water enters the basement, it can cause significant damage to the structure of the home and any items that are being stored in the basement.
A waterproofing company can ensure that your basement stays dry throughout the year, no matter what type of weather you experience.
Here is a look at the main methods that a waterproofing company uses to waterproof a basement.
The best option for most homes is waterproofing a basement from the inside. This tends to be a more cost-effective solution than exterior excavation, and it is also less disruptive to those living in the home while the work is being carried out.
In addition to a drainage system, experts recommend adding a vapor barrier such as polyethylene sheeting along the inside of the walls to protect them from condensation.
For an additional layer of protection, many waterproof companies will recommend waterproofing the foundation of the home from the outside.
This typically entails using membranes and polymers to coat the outside of the walls and/or installing a trench drain under the ground.
The most common entry points for seepage in a poured concrete foundation are cracks and any pipe penetrations. Epoxies and urethane can be used to seal these openings from the interior to cut off the path of the seepage.
Interior sealants work well at preventing high atmospheric humidity found inside the basement from being absorbed into masonry and causing spalling.