Maintaining a basement, as most of us well know, is never an easy task. Moisture always finds a way to sneak in, placing our stored belongings at great risk. Also, there is mold and mildew that just seems to grow all year long. It is quite understandable why more and more people around the globe are looking for different and effective ways of keeping the basement dry and waterproof. Luckily, this article will deal with the basic means by which a homeowner like you can do some basic basement waterproofing to keep your home dry, clean, and permanently free of moisture.
The first method of basement waterproofing is with the use of a system known as tanking. Tanking refers to the usage of an adhesive substance that bonds with the outside walls of the basement; basically making your basement a small, hollow ‘tank’. This method is ideal, especially when your basement or home is still in its building phase. Otherwise, leaks will always be a possibility if the bonding substance is applied during the post-building phase. Tanking, as experienced by most homeowners, will literally keep the basement free from water if done properly. However, time still does play a factor. Years after tanking, many homeowners reported positive leaking inside their basements. Thus, a second coating of the bonding substance is sometimes required.
Another basement waterproofing system that is commonly used is the cavity drainage system. This system is usually installed also during the construction phase. A plastic-like membrane is placed on the basement boundaries. To have an effective drainage system, the floor is then intentionally sloped during the building phase to allow the water to flow freely towards the cavity that runs along the installed electrically operated draining system. This system works with the usage of electric water pumps. A major disadvantage of this system is the fact that it relies on electric energy. Without power, the entire system will not work, leaving your basement free to mold and mildew growth.
Lastly, we have the exterior foundation draining system. This basement waterproofing method, also famously referred to as the French drain, is the most preferred system of the three. This system uses a basic ground drainage system that leads the water away from the basement walls and foundation. This way, without the usage of any extra add ons, the basement is kept dry all year long.
Basement damage is something that must be prevented as it is in the foundation of the entire house. So choose your basement waterproofing system wisely and keep yourself informed by calling the professionals if you need help. If you’re thinking of finishing a basement in your home you will certainly need to do some basic basement waterproofing before you start to work on anything else.