Why Waterproof the Basement?

Basements are at an increased risk of flooding due to them being underground. They commonly become damp and moist, creating a long list of problems for homeowners that is stressful and expensive to deal with. Basement waterproofing is a way to safeguard your home from water damage.

Many homeowners now finish their basements for extra living space or even create an apartment to rent for extra income. Water seeping into the basement can destroy all this costly work. A finished basement generally will cost somewhere between 15 and 30 thousand dollars so it is definitely recommended to have waterproofing completed beforehand to lessen your risks of water damage occurring.

Water damage can cause serious problems within your home. Not only can it completely destroy your furnishings and belongings but it will also cause mold growth if not dealt with quickly and effectively. Mold can put the health of all household members in jeopardy. Some types of mold are very dangerous to be exposed to. Water damage that is coming through the basement foundation can also start to wear away at it. This eventually will lead to structural damage, compromise safety and lead to another expensive repair.

There are 2 methods of waterproofing. The first is to have it done exteriorly. This is normally seen as the best option. A trench will be dug in the required areas, then layers of protective coatings and weeping tiles are applied. This directs the water away from the home’s foundation, keeping the inside dry.

The next option is to have the basement waterproofed from the inside. This method is very useful when there is not enough space to work from the outside of the house. It also is less costly. Interior waterproofing is more of a water management system as it doesn’t prevent the water from entering but it effectively manages the water to keep it from causing damage. For interior waterproofing a trench is dug around the inside walls of the basement. A system of weeping tiles and sump pump will direct and push the water out and away from the foundation.

Waterproofing is the best way to prevent flooding and water damage. There are several reasons for water entering through the foundation walls or flooring such as inefficient grading, foundation cracks, and hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure is when the groundwater rises and causes the water to push up through the basement slab or where the walls and floor meet together. These can all be solved using a basement waterproofing method. This is not a job to tackle on your own however. To ensure it being done correctly you should get in a professional waterproofing company as it is a lot of work and each step needs to be completed precisely for it to be successful.

If you are dealing with a flood situation and water damage, call Restoration Mate. We are always available, no matter the time of day. Restoration Mate has the tools and experience you need to minimize damages.

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