Archive for June, 2011

Basement Waterproofing Answers a Homeowner’s Leaking Nightmare

Instead of experiencing nighttimes plagued by visions of standing in ankle-high water, a homeowner should consider opting to make sure basement waterproofing measures are taken.

Regardless having no present basement water problem most will develop some type of moisture problem in the future if not subject to outright flooding.

Pro-action in the form of prevention is the best choice, and more than likely the least expensive, since the repair route after damage is caused will be rather costly.

Basement Waterproofing Should Take Place at Construction

The ideal moment when effective basement waterproofing should take place is at initial construction. But, homes older than 10 years were typically treated with a tar-based solvent that lasted only a decade. This type of treatment – tar-based – eventually succumbs to drying and cracking that allows moisture to seep in.

Enter Technology to the Rescue

Fortunately, advances in waterproofing technology have led to the creation of solutions lasting much longer than tar-based measures employed in the past.

Applying membrane layers of polymerized asphalt to basement walls does the job since if cracking happens, the material will stretch across the opening sealing it to maintain waterproof integrity. This is one technique providing excellent basement waterproofing, but there are others.

Different Waterproofing Systems for Controlling Leaks

Basement leaking occurs when water collects around a structure’s foundation producing enough hydrostatic pressure that water forces through cracks and where joints – such as where the floor and walls meet. However, floors typically do not leak unless they are cracked. There are several choices including:

  • A French Drain System is one that is buried along the leaky perimeter walls below the basement floor. It consists of plastic piping connected to a sump pump. The piping is covered with cement but possesses weep holes that collect the water attempting to seep through basement walls.
  • A Hollow PVC Baseboard containing waterproof epoxy is glued to the joint where the floor meets the walls. The water is collected in the hollow channel through the weep holes and is sent to the sump pump. This is a far less expensive solution than the French Drain and can, actually, save homeowners hundreds of dollars.
  • When using a Sump Pump, water that builds up around the structure foundation is collected through a series of pipes that re under the basement floor connected to the sump pump well. Since this system has limited coverage area effectiveness, more than one sump pump is usually needed to cover larger basements.
  • A Water Sealant Application is also a method for basement waterproofing that is applied to the floors and walls controlling dampness and thus preventing mildew and mold. It is always used in conjunction with the systems described herein.
  • Humidifiers are also used for controlling moisture and dampness in the home. They are useful providing extra protection for basements that have been treated with interior wall sealants. These would not be used in basements experiencing actual water leakage.

Basement waterproofing is a necessary home improvement since the foundation supports the entire structure

When a homeowner seeks to make greater use of the space as a family entertainment area or home office, basement waterproofing is the best preventive measure keeping the house dry and comfortable.