Getting your home waterproofed can be done in several ways. You can hire a company to install a waterproof coating or you can install an interior water drainage system.
Interior water drainage
Having proper basement waterproofing may prevent excess moisture from causing a flood. However, you will still need a way to pump that water away. Luckily, there are a number of ways to do so.
The most obvious answer is to have an interior water drainage system installed. This type of system consists of a perforated pipe that drains water to the lower level. It can be installed along the inside perimeter of your foundation.
Another option is to install a sump pump. These devices will eject water out of your basement, and can cost several thousand dollars.
A subfloor drainage system can also be installed, and these systems are very effective. This type of solution requires professional installation.
A vapor barrier is another way to keep your basement dry. These are typically made from plastic or aluminum sheeting. They are usually installed along the foundation walls, and they have been known to keep moisture levels down.
Another way to keep your basement dry is to install an exterior French drain. This type of drainage system collects water at the base of your foundation walls, and then directs it to a collection pit.
Whether your basement has been a victim of flooding, water intrusion or seepage, foundation waterproofing can help to prevent moisture from entering your home. It can help to prevent damage to your foundation, contents and landscaping.
Foundation waterproofing in basements can be done using several different methods. These methods include interior drainage, drainage mats, and foundation crack injections.
Interior drainage systems are easy to install and catch leaks before they reach the floor. They also collect excess groundwater and route it to a sump pit. They are the least disruptive method to waterproof a basement.
Exterior foundation waterproofing requires excavation and the installation of a waterproof membrane around the foundation. Membranes come in sheet or liquid form, and are layered over the foundation wall.
Dimpled membranes, such as GeoMat, create a capillary break and allow for drainage. They can be installed on poured concrete foundations, or on walls with deteriorated mortar joints.
A French drain system is another form of drainage that is installed inside the basement floor. It works by using gravity to move water away from the foundation.
Foundation crack injections
Using Foundation Crack Injections to seal cracks in the concrete can help protect your basement from water damage. It is a reliable and permanent repair option. In fact, most contractors offer a lifetime warranty on their crack injection repairs.
Foundation Crack Injections work by injecting special urethane epoxy into the cracks. The resin is pressurized and expands inside the crack, creating an airtight seal. It creates a bond strength of at least three times that of the foundation wall.
Polyurethane injections can be applied to almost any crack. This process is a quick and cost-effective solution to foundation cracks. The process is similar to epoxy crack injections, but the foam-like material used in polyurethane injections can be injected at room temperature.
Before injection, the crack site is cleaned up. Then, the injection material is inserted into the crack carefully. Afterward, the port may be removed with a hammer. Occasionally, the port may be removed for cosmetic reasons.
There are two types of cracks: structural and non-structural. Structural cracks are caused by the movement of the foundation. Non-structural cracks occur due to the shift of the soil outside of the home.
Signs of water intrusion in your basement or crawlspace
Having water enter your basement or crawlspace can be a serious problem. It can cause structural damage, mold growth, and a poor indoor air quality. It may also attract pests to your home.
Water damage can be caused by rainwater runoff, improper exterior drainage, or groundwater. If you have any water in your basement, you need to find the source and fix the problem.
A few of the most obvious signs of water damage include sagging or creaky floors, water stains on carpets, and water marks on furniture. If you notice these symptoms, you should consider calling a professional to inspect your home.
Another indication of water damage is a musty odor. This odor can be a sign of mold growth, but it may also be a sign of high humidity. If you’ve noticed a musty smell in your basement or crawlspace, try to get some fresh air and see if you notice a change in the smell.
Cracks in the foundation are another sign of water damage. Cracks indicate that the foundation is settling due to water seepage.