There are three common methods to waterproof a basement. By asking a few simple questions we can determine which method will fit your needs.
- What is the source of the leak?
- Does the moisture dry up on it’s own?
- How much volume are you seeing? Gushing, dripping, or dampness?
- Does the leak only occur when it rains?
- Is the leak consistent?
- Is the source of the water internal or external?
Three methods for Basement Waterproofing:
- Interior sealants. Think of interior sealants as a special paint designed to act as a sealer to keep moisture locked inside the foundation wall or basement floors. This method of waterproofing isn’t designed to keep water from entering your basement but rather to help keep atmospheric moisture on the outside of the building from absorbing through the concrete foundation or floor. Interior sealers are typically rolled or sprayed on the foundation wall and are viewed as a temporary fix. Remember, they are used as a moisture barrier, NOT to stop water leaks (big or small).
- Interior water drainage. The most cost effective basement waterproofing method is to install an interior drainage system. Drainage systems can prevent water buildup in your basement by moving the water that collects around the footer of the house or building below the basement floor. Interior drainage systems can be installed in a matter of days, and are more affordable than waterproofing a home or building from the exterior.
- Exterior basement waterproofing. Exterior basement waterproofing is a great option for a new construction project. Full access to the exterior of the foundation is available before backfilling the foundation. Having this kind of access makes it easy and affordable to waterproof the basement. If you know the home or building is at high risk for water intrusion, this is your best option. Otherwise it could cost a fortune to excavate the foundation to apply the sealers, membranes and drainage required.