Taking Back the Basement: Waterproofing Your Foundation

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The basement in your home may be a great space, but if there is water seeping in through the walls, you need to seal it before you can use it. Converting a basement to usable space is common and a great way to expand the square footage of your home, but if you do not deal with the moisture first, you run the risk of creating a breeding ground for mold, losing furnishings to damage, and ending up with a space that you spent a lot of money on but can never really use.

Determining Where The Water Is Coming From

Before you can seal that water out, you have to determine where it is coming from. It is possible the something simple is causing the water to run into the home like a gutter down spout that is not working or some water that is being left on near the walls outside. Take the time to look at where the water is coming from so you can attack that area directly. If you do not have any gutters on your home, that can be enough to let water accumulate around the basement walls when it rains.

Sealing The Water Out From The Inside

Once you have determined where the water is coming in, you can work on sealing it out. Painting the walls inside your basement with a high-quality waterproofing paint is a good start. You will need to paint all the walls, not just the spot that is seeping water or the water will just work around it. Remember, water will follow the path of least resistance so if there is another way in, it will find it over time. If you do not address what is causing the water to come in, waterproofing may stop it, but you may still be getting damage outside so that is something to consider.

Waterproofing From The Outside

Waterproofing from the outside of the basement is a better solution, but it will be a lot more labor-intensive and time-consuming. In order to waterproof the walls from the outside, you will need to remove the dirt from the basement walls and foundation. Once you have exposed the walls, they can be painted with a high-quality waterproofing on the outside. This not only stops the water from coming in, but also it doesn't allow the damage to the concrete that could be happening if you waterproof inside only. Once the waterproofing is dry, you can fill in around the walls again. In most cases, this will be enough to solve the problem. If it doesn't, you may need to consider adding drainage around the foundation to move the water away from the home completely.

For more information on basement waterproofing, contact a local professional.

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