There are many assumptions and misconceptions when it comes to the structures that make up a home, and the basement is no exception. We aim to show you that proper waterproofing is essential if you want to keep your basement functional and flood-free for the long term. It’ll certainly contribute to the convenience, utility, and overall satisfaction with your home. So, let’s jump right in!
Concrete is not waterproof
It’s easy to imagine that the secure concrete structure that forms the walls of your basement is completely impervious to water. The fact, though, is that this is not necessarily the case. While concrete is a dense solid mass, and water-resistant, it is still porous to some extent, and could eventually allow water to seep through. The cement-to-water ratio and the way it was mixed and compacted, can also affect how porous and water-resistant the construction actually is.
That’s why waterproofing measures are still needed to make sure that the basement remains dry. Keeping water away from the basement walls and securing the interior are also important measures to ensure that the basement remains damp free.
Cracks need to be sealed on both sides
Over time, ground movement may cause cracks to develop in your basement’s walls. It may then be possible to DIY patch these cracks using an appropriate surface sealant. Alternatively, depending on the severity, repairs may need to be made using epoxy or hydro cement. While this can do the trick, surface seals will deteriorate over time, and will have to be redone periodically. The correct solution is to dig down outside the house and apply the sealant on both sides of the wall. The reason is that water pressure from the exterior is likely to cause moisture to percolate through any cracks and break any seal that is applied only to the inside of the basement walls.
Of course, a DIY job of this size could take weeks of work to do on one’s own. There’s no doubt that hiring a professional basement waterproofing contractor would get the job done quickly and efficiently and be well worth the money.
Why it’s best left to the professionals
While DIY repairs may be possible, the fact is that it can be quite tricky to make changes to a home’s basement structure. Not only does it involve a lot of time and effort, it will also require proper equipment and technical know-how.
Hiring pros on the other hand, gives you access to expert advice, experience, tools, and skills. That combination translates to a basement you can count on to be guaranteed dry at all times. A good contractor will advise you before undertaking the job as to exactly what needs to be done. They will also keep you updated on the progress of the work, including any changes or extras that may become necessary.
Gutters are involved, too
We’ve mentioned keeping water away from the foundations and the basement walls. A lot of this has to do with how your gutters and downspouts are positioned. Inspect where the water exits to see if there’s anything amiss and if the water is properly directed away from your foundations. You should also make sure that the roof and gutters are regularly cleaned and free of debris. It is important that rainwater is efficiently and adequately channeled away from your home structure.
Always choose an experienced and reliable contractor
Aiming for the cheapest, quickest, most convenient solution is often not the best option when it comes to basement waterproofing. Don’t compromise on one of the most integral parts of your home. Always go for the solution that will give you long-term assurance and protection. Once you take care of that basement issue for good, that’s one less major worry for years to come.