If your home has a basement, it could get flooded at any time, especially this time of year with the spring rains. Fortunately, you can prevent damage to your basement from water by waterproofing it. Below are some benefits of doing this, as well as the different types of waterproofing.
Benefits of Waterproofing
There are many benefits of waterproofing your basement including:
Makes Your Home Stable
If your foundation has any kind of cracks, water can easily seep through them and into your basement. If you choose exterior waterproofing, the foundation will have a membrane placed on it so water will not get through the cracks.
If your foundation currently has cracks, however, you need to have them inspected. There are common cracks that are just part of the foundation settling, such as small cracks. If you see larger cracks that go horizontally or look like stair steps, however, contact a foundation contractor before you waterproof your basement.
Makes the Basement Healthier
Any kind of water in your basement, including condensation building up on the walls, is the perfect place for mold and mildew to grow. Once this happens, the basement becomes an unhealthy space for you and your family. It will be hard to control the mold and mildew if the basement is not waterproofed.
If your basement currently has a lot of mold, you can contact a mold remediation company to remove the mold for you to ensure the basement is a safe place for your family.
Types of Basement Waterproofing
There are many different types of waterproofing methods for your basement. One type is putting a sealant on the walls and floors. Epoxies are often used because this material is highly adhesive. Urethane can also be injected into openings, such as small holes or cracks on the foundation walls or floors. This prevents water from seeping through them. These sealants can also help keep the humidity low in the room. Even though this offers some protection it does not completely protect your basement from flooding.
The best protection is exterior waterproofing. The contractor will first excavate down to the foundation footings. When finished, they will power wash the foundation walls and allow them to dry. A waterproofing membrane is placed on the wall and drainage tiles, also known as weeping tiles, are placed at the side of each footing.
Contact a waterproofing contractor to learn much more about these methods.
Do you love the look of old stone walls and dream of one day having that look around your home? I was amazed at how my contractor transformed my boring block wall into a real work of art. The contractor used a combination of tools, stamps and stains to finish the concrete and create a spectacular looking stone wall. If this is something you want around your home, take a few minutes to browse through my blog. You will learn about the techniques, materials and styles that you have to choose from to finish just about any concrete surface around your home.