Basement Waterproofing Tips

Waterproofing Your Basement Walls

Basement Waterproofing: Many homeowners today truly ignore the walls and floor in their basements.  Consequently, basements without waterproofing are more likely to be prone to problems. When this takes place, wall surfaces, as well as flooring, can establish leaks and cracks. Your basement is the support for your entire home. Therefore, making your basement waterproof is the most effective maintenance that you can do.

Waterproof your walls from the inside

1. Inspect your outside perimeter.  Make certain the ground near your foundation slopes away from the wall.  Add some topsoil to ensure a 2″ slope all-around your home

2.  Inspect your gutters and downspouts.  Are they clean?  Downspouts should release water 5 feet beyond your foundation.

3.  Check your plants and bushes that are close to your home.  These plant roots can rot and provide a way for water to enter the basement.

Now,  you have taken the standard steps in examining the area that borders the foundation and can begin the actual waterproofing of your basement.

As a homeowner, you can apply Drylok to your interior walls.  Drylok expands as it dries on the walls and is used as a waterproofer.

Oftentimes, it is necessary to consult a professional.  Most importantly, contact someone with experience.  They can help with the injection of hydro clay to the outside foundation.  Hydroclay absorbs a substantial amount of water.  This can be pumped in from the outside.

An expert can also help with a french drain.  French drains are a common solution for waterproofing a basement. It is a trench with a perforated pipe that redirects surface water away from the foundation.

Waterproofing requires different processes.  Some you can do yourself, others need a foundation professional.  Following the steps above guarantee your success.

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