Home maintenance is one of the most expensive expenditures that you will be put up with when you own a house. And first of the things that you will have to look into is the basement because it will be the part of the house that is directly in contact with the soil beneath your house. And you know what it is like there. Soil is the part of your environment that has voids all over where rain and ground water can seep through and soften it. The worst situation that this can bring about is intrusion into your concrete foundation and eventually to your basement floor and walls. When that happens, you are definitely looking at a waterproofing job that has gone bad and so the appropriate maintenance should be done immediately.
Waterproofing problems such as this can only be remedied with either the application of waterproofing resin directly on the walls and the floor slab or installation of drainage systems. Both of these are effective solutions but if you want to permanently solve such problem, you need to eventually install one of the best types of drainage systems available for your house. In fact, there are three drainage systems types you can choose from:
A Hydroclay is a waterproofing resin that can absorb large amounts of moisture. It can be installed by pumping it into the voids of the soil, following the pathways that ground and rain waters use in getting into your house foundation and eventually the basement slab and walls. The Hydroclay is normally used in huge applications such as in waterproofing manholes, tunnels, dumps, and pits among so many others.
The French or Perimeter Drain
Another one of the most known and used types of drainage systems available is the French or perimeter drain. This waterproofing system is consist of continuous piping system that goes beneath the perimeter of your basement flooring and then connected to a sump and pump that will discharge the drained water. To install this system, a foot wide of basement floor strip needs to be cut around the perimeter of the basement. This will also require a foot trench to be dug on that wide strip. The piping system will be laid onto that trench but just before that a layer of gravel should be compacted to it. To complete the installation, another layer of gravel needs to be poured onto the laid out pipes and topped with concrete mixture for support. Eventually, this has to be finished to preserve the original appearance of the basement floor.
The types of drainage systems available for your home maintenance cannot be complete without the classic sump system. This is simply a pump installed beneath the basement floor with a discharge connected all the way out of the structure. It works when the water rises too high in the pump kicking it on and eventually draws water off the sump and discharges it out in at least 10 or more feet away from your structure.