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What basement waterproofing system works best for you?

If you’re noticing water in your basement, investigating a basement waterproofing solution should start outside your home. Basement waterproofing contractors tend to agree: one size doesn’t fit all.

With basement waterproofing, each situation is unique, you should avoid systems that were not designed specifically for the situation you have.

Every basement water problem is unique and the solution should be tailored to the job.

The majority of basement problems are a combination of events, not one thing that one system would fit. It could be cracking or deterioration of the basement walls, movement in the foundation walls, improper back-filling when built, clogged footer drains or deteriorated sewer lines.

Types of basement waterproofing solutions

The type of basement repair system you choose to install is dependent on your home’s unique situation and construction, including what type of foundation system is in place. It’s also important to note that in many cases, not just one type of repair, but rather a combination of approaches, may be necessary.

Primer or paint products

One solution that most contractors do not recommend is waterproofing paints or primer. Sealing basement walls that have leaked produces little more than a cosmetic solution if the source of the water problem isn’t addressed.

Crack injections

This repair approach is generally only suitable for poured concrete foundations where seepage is originating from the walls (and not floors). Masonry foundations, such as brick, stone or cinder block are not ideal candidates.

Injecting an epoxy or polyurethane material into a crack can help prevent water from entering the basement, but as a basement water solution this is a temporary fix and not a permanent solution.

Exterior excavation

Exterior waterproofing involves excavating 6 to 8 feet down to the foundation wall footer and correcting drainage by installing new drainage tiles or a French drain system. At the same time, a waterproof material or membrane may be applied to the exterior wall’s surface to make sure that water doesn’t infiltrate it again.

Depending on the number of areas affected by water infiltration, exterior basement waterproofing  – also known as positive side waterproofing since it deals with the source of water or hydro-static pressure – may involve one wall of the foundation, or multiple walls.

Due to the extensive excavation required, exterior basement waterproofing carries the advantage of excluding water from the home and requires little to no ongoing maintenance once the project is complete. You’re stopping the water from penetrating the wall and entering the basement.

Interior excavation

Homeowners often choose an interior waterproofing method because it costs significantly less than exterior waterproofing. It’s the most common and least invasive system.

Interior drain system waterproofing will address hydro-static pressure – that is, the pressure of groundwater forcing its way through the basement walls or foundations. Because interior perimeter drain systems deal with water after it has entered a basement, it may be referred to as negative side waterproofing.

A key part of the system is a working sump pump to actively remove water once it has entered the home. With this type of system, a backup battery-operated sump pump is an essential consideration to prevent water from overtaking the basement during power outages.

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