Basement Waterproofing Choices

Do you own a home with a basement? Are you tired of your basement being humid and getting flooded all of the time? It can be frustrating to want to turn a basement into additional living space, only to be thwarted by dampness and the threat of mold or mildew. Fortunately, you don't have to continue to have a basement that seems to be part lake. There are things you can do to make your basement more livable. Some of these things include:

French drains: For this type of basement waterproofing, you have two options. The first is an exterior French drain. This is installed around the perimeter of your home and is used to redirect rain and other surface water away from your house's foundation. The other is an interior French drain. This is installed in your basement's floor. You may just need it along one wall or it may need to be along all walls. This type of French drain redirects subsurface water to a sump pump where it gets flushed into the sewer system or otherwise sent elsewhere. You'll need to talk to a specialist to determine which one is right for your home's layout and needs.

Wall and/or floor sealant: Instead of or in addition to French drains, your basement waterproofing plans may need to include a physical barrier to hold back moisture. Depending on your situation, there are multiple options that could work. One is a concrete seal that gets applied to your basement's floors and walls. Another type is a polyethylene membrane. The concrete can be applied to damp surfaces, while the sheets of polyethylene membrane may be best installed in a basement that has been temporarily dried out. For either option, it's best to have a professional complete the installation so that you know that it's been done correctly.

Roof gutters: Although it may initially sound strange, roof gutters can be essential to your basement waterproofing plans. All of the precipitation that hits your roof has to go somewhere. Without gutters, this water is dumped right next to your house, potentially flooding your basement in the process. A good gutter system can redirect this water to a storm drain or elsewhere in your yard. While gutters alone may not be enough to stop your basement from flooding, they can help make your other waterproofing measures more efficient and last longer than they would otherwise.


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