The Right Basement Waterproofing Methods Gives You A Dry and Usable Basement
A basement is often a space in a home that is filled with unwanted furniture and other things that you are reluctant to throw away,
even though you do not have any use for them. This makes for a waste of space which can be made more useful after a properly planned basement conversion.
This will enable you to utilize the space and get some extra room for yourself and the family without having to do any additional building. One aspect, however, will need to be taken into consideration before you do this, is to ensure that the basement is clean and dry and has the proper waterproofing installed.
There are many different basement waterproofing methods that can be used, and a wise homeowner would have used one of them, even while constructing the basement, initially. Most basements are below ground level, and hence their walls are under constant pressure from the groundwater table around the foundations of a home.
This pressure can result in cracks forming on the walls and allow water to seep in and cause damp conditions and sometimes flooding of the basement. Basement waterproofing uses two approaches or sometimes both. The waterproofing technique used is applied to external surfaces of walls or may be done from the inside.
In the external waterproofing method, both the floor and the walls of the basement are treated. Often this is done by creating a waterproof layer of a membrane or other means to create a barrier between the outside groundwater and the structural elements of the basement.
Other methods for external waterproofing of basements is to create concealed drains below ground level that go down below the floor of the basement to intercept the groundwater so that it can be carried away or pumped away before it builds up against the basement walls and floors.
Even while building drains or installing membranes or other arrangements to prevent water touching the basement, it is customary to coat the outside of basement walls with a waterproof plaster that enhances its qualities to resist the ingress of water. Most building contractors will also add waterproofing compounds into the concrete that makes up the floor and walls of the basement.
Another set of basement waterproofing methods that are in use is to seal the inside walls and floors of basements with vapor barriers before any plaster or flooring work is undertaken. It makes sense to also have a set of drains inside the basement that lead to a sump on which an automatic sump pump can be installed to constantly drain away any water that collects.
Often, in spite of these various methods having been used during construction, basement walls and floors may develop cracks through which groundwater can seep in and create damp conditions. In such cases, the waterproofing method used by contractors is to use polyurethane injectors to fill up the cracks and this method is found to be quite effective in preventing any further dampness from forming in the basement.
Get your basement properly surveyed by experts before you decide on the right way to waterproof it. They will take into account history of weather conditions, groundwater levels, and other factors before they recommend the right method for your basement.