Basement Waterproofing Explained

Posted on: 7 December 2022

As a new homeowner, you may be unaware that your basement requires waterproofing. However, whether your home is located in an area prone to flooding or not, it is important to know how to keep your basement dry. Here are the basics of basement waterproofing and why it's so important.

What Is Basement Waterproofing?

Basement waterproofing is the process of protecting your home from water seepage and damage due to water infiltration. The water could be from heavy rain, snow melt, a high water table, or even damaged plumbing.

How Do You Waterproof Your Basement?

The best way to waterproof your basement is by using a combination of both interior and exterior solutions. Exterior solutions prevent water from entering the foundation by providing drainage around the building through proper grading and redirecting water away from the house through gutters and downspouts. Additionally, a waterproof membrane can be applied to the exterior of the foundation wall to prevent water from entering.

Interior solutions include a waterproof coating on the walls or floors and a sump pump. A waterproof coating is applied to the inside walls to seal them and prevent water seepage, while a sump pump is placed in the lowest corner of your basement to pump out any water that does make it inside.

Why Is Basement Waterproofing Necessary?

It is crucial to have your basement waterproofed because a damp basement can lead to mold growth and structural damage in your home, not to mention that it leaves behind an unpleasant odor. Additionally, if you do not waterproof your basement, water can damage more than the basement floors. Any furniture or stored boxes in its path are unsafe. 

How Do You Know If You Need To Waterproof Your Basement?

If you just purchased your home, your home inspector likely discussed any potential issues with basement waterproofing. A professional would have assessed the condition of your basement and determined what type of waterproofing would benefit you most. If you do not remember, re-read your copy of the report. Your home inspection report should be treated as a 'to-do' list for your home. Not everything needs to be done at once, but basement waterproofing should be at the top of the list.

Waterproofing is essential for keeping your basement dry and safe from water damage. With proper maintenance and regular inspections, you can rest easy knowing that no matter what happens outside, the inside will remain safe and dry.


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