Wet basements are a common occurrence because of the seepage of water through the basement wall as well as flooding when it rains. It is important to take measures to make foundation walls impermeable and ensure that any water that would flow into the basement and cause flooding is redirected or quickly drained away. This will help prevent water damage, which would need costly repairs.
Below are details about three methods that are used for foundation waterproofing and the effectiveness of these methods.
- Interior waterproofing
Cracks on the interior side of the basement wall are a passage through which water seeps into the basement. All types of cracks, including the least dangerous ones such as vertical cracks, have the potential to expand and thus increase the level of damage caused by water on the foundation.
Floor cracks are also another way through which water can seep into the basement and other parts of a home. This problem can be more pronounced if the home is located at a place that has a high water table.
Interior foundation waterproofing involves sealing all cracks on the foundation wall and on the floor. You need to work with professional foundation repair technicians because they know the potential moisture entry points that need to be sealed.
The technicians will inject a special sealant in the spaces that need to be sealed and ensure that the sealant fills the gaps all the way to the outside of the foundation. Effective sealants have the capacity to prevent leaks even when the foundation is exposed to a high moisture level.
- Exterior waterproofing
Exterior foundation waterproofing entails digging around the area that surrounds the house to expose the foundation and waterproof it. After exposing the foundation wall through excavation, the technicians will use appropriate sealants to seal the wall and make it waterproof. This ensures that any water that comes into contact with the foundation wall does not seep into the wall but is redirected towards the available drainage channels.
Exterior foundation waterproofing also prevents moisture from penetrating the foundation and damaging it.
- Installing interior and exterior drains
Interior and exterior drains make it possible to control the movement of water whether within or outside the house perimeter. For example, interior drains can help remove groundwater that would flood the basement. Interior drains can also be used to channel water into a sump pit to prevent flooding when it rains. Similarly, external drains channel water away from the foundation.
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