A wet basement is a major challenge for every home owner. Whether it’s a wet basement, finished or unfinished with damp walls, there is need to prevent water from entering into the home. The presence of water in the basement causes mold and mildew. If the basement is vulnerable to water leakages the result could be devastating.
Are you currently experiencing leaking cracks and damp walls in your basement? Seek the service of CanaSeal, a professional basement waterproofing contractor.
How does a Basement Waterproofing Contractor take care of a wet basement?
A basement waterproofing contractor takes care of wet basement by first examining the entire basement alongside other areas of the house that needs waterproofing. After the contractor is done examining the home, he/she points out the problem as well as feasible solutions. The contractor offers advice on the best waterproofing method to adopt.
What are the Different Wet Basement Waterproofing Methods?
In cases where water penetrates through cracks in the basement, sealant is the best option. It is used to seal the cracks whilst providing ideal solution to the problem. It is an inexpensive way of protecting your basement from minor dampness and not a flooded basement. On the other hand, sealants coating does not offer perfect solution for a home with strong hydrostatic pressure.
- Crack Injection
Crack injection works well for poured concrete foundation. Once the contractor identifies that water seeps in from the walls, he/she uses epoxy or polyurethane injections to fix the cracks
- Interior Waterproofing – Drainage System
This is one of the cheapest methods of basement waterproofing. Interior waterproofing doesn’t prevent water from entering the basement but rather deals with management of water after it has entered. Many refer to it as an ideal “water control” solution. This method is done by installing weeping tiles to drain the water from the basement to a sump pump system.
- Exterior Waterproofing – Excavation
This involves the excavation of the soil around your home, and having hydraulic cement applied to affected areas to make sure the cracks are sealed. It also involves installation of drainage tiles.
It is often times referred to as “positive side waterproofing” because of its ability to curtail the hydrostatic pressure in homes and prevent water from entering into the basement.
One Size doesn’t fit all
Before addressing a basement flooding problem, bear in mind that, there is no perfect method of tackling basement flooding. This is because proper understanding is required in identifying the ideal method. Most homes are not the same so they don’t possess the same structural features. While some methods can work best for specific homes, it might not work well for others. Most homes use methods like crack inject, while others require exterior waterproofing due to its structural designs and style. But it is always important to consult a professional basement contractor before carrying out basement waterproofing.