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Everything You Need To Know About Basement Waterproofing Services

by Glenda Perkins

If your home has a basement, then you know that it's important to waterproof it. Water can damage your home's foundation and other structural elements, not to mention your possessions. Here's what you need to know about basement waterproofing services so that you can protect your home.

What are some signs that a basement may need to be waterproofed?

There are a few signs that may indicate that a basement needs to be waterproofed. One sign is if there is water seeping into the basement. This can often be seen as dampness on the walls and floor or even puddles of standing water. Another sign is if there is mold or mildew growth in the basement. This can often be seen as dark spots on the walls or a musty smell.

How do you prepare a basement for waterproofing? 

There are a few steps that need to be taken in order to prepare a basement for waterproofing. First, all of the belongings in the basement need to be removed. This includes any furniture, boxes, or other items. Next, the walls and floors need to be cleaned with a bleach solution. This will help to remove any mold or mildew that may be present. Finally, any cracks or holes in the walls or floors need to be repaired.

Should you waterproof a basement from the inside or outside?

Ideally, your foundation should be waterproofed from the outside during the construction process. If that was not done or if it is not holding up, there are still other options for waterproofing your basement. You can still waterproof the basement from the outside. This, however, would involve excavating around the home's foundation, applying a waterproof membrane, and replacing the dirt.

Of course, you can also waterproof a basement from the inside of the home. This involves applying a waterproof coating to the walls and floors with a brush, roller, or sprayer. Additionally, any cracks or holes in the walls or floors need to be sealed.

While waterproofing from the inside prevents water and moisture from entering your basement, it can still penetrate the foundation, which is why it is better to waterproof from the outside.

What are some additional final steps to waterproofing your basement?

Every basement that has had previous water or moisture infiltration needs a sump pump. A sump pump is a water pump installed at the lowest point of a home to remove any water that has accumulated. The sump pump's pit is usually filled with gravel to help with water drainage.

Another aspect to consider when waterproofing a basement is exterior grading. Make sure that your home's exterior grading slopes away from your home and into the street to avoid unnecessary water infiltration.

Water can cause a lot of damage, so it's important to take steps to protect your home. Contact a waterproofing company, such as Vulcan Waterproofing, for more information.