If you are planning on using your basement for a living space or storage, it's crucial that you take steps to make sure that no water is able to get in it. Waterproofing can be done to your basement from the structure's exterior during construction, but if that was not done at the time, it may not be an option to do later. That's because existing structures like a garage or proximity to the property line, can make it difficult to excavate the outside of your home. This leaves interior waterproofing as a viable option. Here are 4 techniques you should be aware of.
A Waterproofing Membrane Can Be Installed On Your Interior Walls
Much like the exterior waterproofing process, you can still install a waterproofing membrane on your basement's interior walls. It will stop water from potentially penetrating through the wall, which is how it gets into your home's basement. This membrane is installed below the ground level of the foundation, so water can flow underneath it.
A French Drain System Can Be Used For Your Foundation's Footings
A system that is commonly used for draining water from basements involves French drains. They are constructed using weeping pipes along your foundation's footings. When water comes in from the walls, it will flow into the drains, allowing the water to leave your basement through a sump pump or landscaping drainage system.
A Waterproof Finishing System
If your goal is to eventually finish your basement, consider a finishing system built specifically for your foundation walls. It uses material that is moisture resistant, like foam insulation and metal studs. It can also have vinyl wall coverings that help a basement look more finished. If there is a wall space against your home's foundation, this could be a great solution for it.
A Sump Pump and Drainage System
Chances are that part of the waterproofing process could require a sump pump and dry well for removing the excess water around your home. If you currently use a sump pump for your home's plumbing, you'll need to make sure that it can handle the additional water that will be coming in due to the waterproofing features. The pump will collect water in the dry well, and once it reaches a specified height, it rapidly pumps the water out to your sewer system or a drain in your yard.
For more information on any of these waterproofing techniques, speak with a local waterproofing company, such asPaul's Basement Waterproofing, for a consultation.Share
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