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Choosing the Right Basement Waterproofing System

Pembrook Nelson
January 30, 2015

If you’re looking for a guide to basement waterproofing, we have you covered! When your basement is not waterproofed, it can lead to a number of problems from damaging the very infrastructure of your home to the growth of mold, which can cause severe health problems. Whatever the case, fixing the damages that are caused by water can often be a long and drawn out experience, it can also be costly as well. Luckily for you, there are a number of different ways that can ensure that your basement is waterproofed.

One easy solution is simply getting waterproof paints or other sealants. These materials can easily be rolled or sprayed onto the floors and walls of your basement. This is the easiest way to waterproof your basement and it can often be very cost efficient. If you decide to go this route, be sure to follow the directions of the manufacturer exactly for the best results. Other options you have is to waterproof your basement from the exterior. When you tackle the problem of keeping your basement dry from the outside, it can be more effective but the downside is that it is also more expensive. When waterproofing your basement from the outside, you have to dig a trench around the entire foundation of your home. From there, the walls of the outside of the foundation are sealed with a waterproof membrane substance. After, a drainage system is placed along the base of the foundation, which will then divert all the water away from you home. Luckily, a less expensive alternative is also available; this approach is called an interior drainage system. This can often be the best choice when waterproofing your basement because of its high efficiency as well as its reasonable price range. With this approach, a trench is dug around the interior of the basement. Then, a drain is installed which leads to a pump. Any water that may enter is then pumped out to the exterior of the house leaving your basement dry.