Waterproofing your home's foundation is absolutely essential to preventing serious damage and maintaining the value of your home. A leaky basement can lead to destroyed furniture, wood rot, and serious structural damage. Termites are also attracted by dampness. Waterproofing methods prevent water and moisture from entering your home in the first place. Minor leaks and minimal dampness can be addressed through the use of waterproofing paints and sealers. These sorts of waterproofing systems coat masonry to prevent moisture from passing through and can be applied to home interiors and exteriors.
Foundation Waterproofing: Hiring a Professional
As a project, full scale foundation waterproofing isn't one to take on as a do-it-yourselfer. You've got to take into account drainage systems, grading, wall structure and rain gutters. Usually going with reputable contractors is the best possible option. In an ideal situation, this sort of work should happen as a house is being constructed but negligent contractors or a number of years of settling and water leakage can lead to a house's foundation being deficient and unprotected.
When looking for a waterproofing contractor, do plenty of research. Ask friends and neighbors what their experience with contractors has been. Check out the general quality of a waterproofing contractor's past jobs. Make sure to get an inspection by the waterproofing contractor so that you may receive a proposal and estimate.
Ways to Waterproof a Foundation
There are several ways to ensure that the foundation of your home is not compromised by water damage.
- Diverting water away from the foundation of your house is possibly the first way you can work to prevent seepage.
- You can use a perimeter drain tile or gravel backfill to move water around and away from your home.
- You can install downspout extender pipes to deal with problems with downspout discharge. It's even possible to connect underground pipes to the downspouts.
- Some waterproofing techniques involve injecting chemicals like sodium bentonite or polyurethane into basement cracks.
- Another method, albeit short-term, is to use black tar. This method quickly dries out, cracks, and lets water seep back in within a period of five to eight years. Tar is mostly used to protect against damp instead of for waterproofing purposes.
- In case you are interested in pursuing this project yourself, rubberized liquid membrane is highly recommended. It dries quickly, is relatively easy to apply (with a roller, sprayer or trowel), and inexpensive.