Mother Nature can be cruel sometimes. If you have experienced heavy rainfall, a thaw of snow or flooding in your neighbourhood, you may find yourself with water seeping into your basement. Even small cracks in your home’s foundation can allow water to get inside and cause serious damage. To avoid that fate, you should consider waterproofing your basement. And when it comes to waterproofing, you essentially have two options: interior waterproofing and exterior waterproofing. Here, we will focus on exterior waterproofing, perhaps the lesser-known option.
Right from the start, it’s important that one thing is clear: Exterior waterproofing is no small project. For starters, the first step is to excavate the ground around your home’s foundation so that the waterproofing can proceed. This will require a backhoe to be present in your yard for some time, so be prepared for that!
Those things aside, it’s important to keep focused on the fact that exterior waterproofing is a very effective way to cut Mother Nature off at the pass. Let’s explore the various kinds of exterior waterproofing.
The simplest form of exterior basement waterproofing involves simply spraying down the exterior of the foundation with a waterproof sealant, followed simply by replacing the dirt around the basement. Although this is the simplest, more affordable and quickest method of exterior waterproofing, it’s also
The next method of externally waterproofing your basement involves essentially wrapping your exterior basement walls in a type of plastic. This method takes longer and is much more involved than the first method, but the results are much more watertight and long-lasting. This method of wrapping the basement in plastic adds dramatically to the basement walls’ ability to keep water outside, where it belongs. This is also the most expensive of the options we will discuss here.
Another way to go about external basement waterproofing by Affordable waterproofing LLC is to have drains installed all the way around the perimeter of your home’s foundation. These drains are effective and diverting water away from the home so that it is not given the opportunity to seep into your home. The water is generally redirected far away from the home, toward a garden. This option is effective for diverting rain water, but are not as well suited to handling things such as a broken water main.
No matter which method of exterior waterproofing you choose, it’s important that you act sooner rather than later. When water is allowed to get inside your home, not only are you in danger of having mold in your home, there’s also a serious risk that your home’s foundation could start to deteriorate, which is a very big problem. Having your home’s foundation repaired is a very big – and very expensive – job. It’s much better to prevent things from getting to that point by acting when the issue is still manageable.
Exterior basement waterproofing, by whichever method, should be done at the first sign of water leaking into your foundation. Don’t put off taking care of this, as a small problem can very quickly turn into a costly one.