Your basement is the foundation of your home. Unfortunately, a basement is not waterproof. Methods that were used when a house was built to stop water from getting in can start to wear out over time. So even if you aren’t seeing a water problem right now, chances are you will eventually. Instead of waiting until you notice water damage, it’s better to prevent the water from getting in. The best way to do this is with basement waterproofing.
How Does Water Get In?
There are a few weak points in your basement that could let water in after a while. The most common issue is water seeping in through the seam between the floor of your basement and the wall. General settling of your foundation can eventually lead to water getting in through this seam. Cracks in the wall are another issue with foundation settling. Most of the time, these cracks are minor and do not lead to leaks. However, if they are letting water in, then simply blocking them could just force the water to get in another way.
Another way water gets in is through the area around your pipes. The sealant that makes these openings waterproof can start to wear out and cause leaks. Also, rebar in your walls can start to rust and shrink. Those areas then collect moisture and start to leak.
Pressure around your foundation walls is usually what causes the problems. This is caused by water gathering around the soil of your home, which is more porous and therefore collects more water. The best method for preventing this is by making sure your gutters are clear and water is being directed away from your home by at least 8 feet.
How Can Waterproofing Your Basement Help?
First, it is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all method for basement waterproofing. Every home is different, and the methods will vary depending on what is needed. Before any basement waterproofing takes place, an evaluation of your basement is necessary. At HS Restoration, we offer free estimates for basement waterproofing and many of our other services.
One of the most common methods of basement waterproofing is installing a drain. Similar to keeping your gutters clear, a drain will direct water around your foundation away. This, combined with cleaning or upgrading your gutter and weather drainage systems, will help divert water away from your home.
After the outside is taken care of, we seal any cracks and other water entry points. Then the inside of your basement is sealed with a waterproof sealant. In addition to that, we can also install air filters and dehumidifiers. This helps keep moisture out of your basement and helps prevent mold growth.
At HS Restoration, we have seen just how devastating water damage and flooding can be. Basement waterproofing is an investment that people don’t always think is necessary. Once you notice water damage, the repair bill is more expensive. We can help you decide if basement waterproofing is right for you. Give us a call today to help protect your home for tomorrow.