Installation Tips To Help You Waterproof And Protect Your Home's Basement Interior Space

Posted on: 10 September 2018

Water leaks or excess moisture are never a good sign in your home, especially in your basement. Water leaks usually mean a plumbing leak or an exterior moisture intrusion. When the outside soil moisture level causes an increase of dampness or leaks in your basement, you will need to remedy the problem as soon as possible. Here are some ideas you can implement in your home to keep its basement dry and free of moisture coming into the foundation.

Sump Pump Drainage System Installation

A sump pump is a great tool to help you deal with interior moisture problems and foundation leaks, as it can be installed within the ground of your basement foundation where water can seep into. You can usually install a French drain around the perimeter of the basement space and a sump pump set into the floor and unobtrusive from view. This allows you to finish the basement and utilize the space.

As the drainage system and sump pump collect and pump the water out of your home, you can install a vapor barrier over the walls to keep your interior dry. Talk to a contractor about installing a sump pump in your basement floor and the drainage system needed to capture interior moisture.

Waterproof Membrane Installation

The outside of your home basement and foundation is made up of concrete or concrete bricks. When this concrete wall becomes saturated with water outside, the water will take the path of the least resistance, which is usually into your home and basement. This seepage can occur through any size of cracks or between the foundation slab and wall. Exterior waterproofing can help with this.

You can block water's passage into your home by applying a polyurethane membrane coating onto the outside of your home's foundation. Talk to and hire a waterproofing professional to excavate around your home's exterior and install the membrane all the way down to the foundation slab and footers of your home to prevent water from entering your basement. This keeps the water in the soil outside your home, preventing moisture intrusion that can lead to moisture damage and mold and mildew growth.

Exterior Drainage Maintenance

Another way to keep water from entering through your basement and foundation is to keep any exterior moisture flowing away from your home. You can do this with proper maintenance of your roof gutters and downspouts, ensuring water flows away from your home to prevent soil saturation. Clean out your gutters regularly of any leaves and debris, then check your downspouts to ensure they are working right.

You can also landscape the soil and mulch around your home by making sure slopes away from your foundation and basement. Just a slight slope to any mulch, gravel, or bare soil will help the water fall away from your home's interior.