Waterproofing is one of the most important maintenances that you have to administer on your basement. This is the process of locking out water from your basement walls and flooring so as to ensure that they will last the service life that they were meant to be. Why you need to do this is basically because your original waterproofing material didn’t work out as expected.
If you wanted to be sure of the job you need to do, here are the basic steps in waterproofing:
Make an evaluation of the basement’s perimeter
In most cases, the reason why a waterproofing material becomes irregular faster than it is supposed to be is just because the natural setting of the soil around your place is not suited for the presence of alteration like your house. Soil that slopes towards your home or the foundation of your home allows water to eventually move towards your home, increasing the chances of the liquid to submerge your concrete and eventually make an intrusion. It is also a common mistake for home builders to use downspouts that are too short.
Preferably, downspouts are supposed to be at least 5 feet away from the foundation or the wall of your home. This way, water will not be able to pool too near, be absorbed by the soil next to your concrete and eventually makes its way back up the surface but instead, finds your foundation or concrete. Also, it is best to keep your plants at least a foot away from your foundation. If possible let it be planted in a sloping away manner so as not to direct water onto your foundation.
Choose the perfect waterproofing material or idea in reproofing your basement walls and flooring.
You see, there are a lot of waterproofing concepts you can select from theses days. You can choose the old use of a waterproofing applicant or do what modern homebuilders do today, installing drains, sumps, or pumps. If you wish the old fashion way of waterproofing your basement, you can purchase products waterproofing products over the counter. Choose a real proofing material rather than a sealer because it bonds better with the material you are trying to waterproof than the latter.
Should you choose to install drains, pumps, and sumps, you will have to choose from three processes:
- The Hydroclay- The hydroclay is a waterproofing type of clay that fills in the voids around your foundation, which water uses to get into your concrete, and then pumped from the outside to permanently seal your foundation.
- French drain- The French or perimeter drain is for more serious water leaks on your basement floor and walls. This requires cutting a foot of basement floor strip and digging a foot deep where the continuous piping system that runs along the perimeter of the basement, excavated right beneath the floor, will be installed.
- The pump. It will also be completed with a sump and pump for draining purposes of the pipes.