3 Primary Methods Of Basement Waterproofing

If you are interested in waterproofing your basement, before you start calling up contractors like Central Penn Waterproofing, make sure you familiarize yourself with the three primary methods of basement waterproofing. That way, when you talk with contractors about the best way to waterproof your basement, you will have a basic understanding of what they are talking about and you will be able to ask more detailed and pointed questions.

#1 Excavation Method

If you have a very serious problem with water and moisture in your basement, your contractor may suggest that you use the excavation method. This method is used when you have a serious water problem. Your contractor will dig out your basement until they get to your foundation wall. Foundation walls are generally buried several feet below the ground; this method requires a lot of digging and removing of material from your basement.

Once the contractor reaches your foundation wall, they will then replace your entire drainage system. This is one of the best ways to ensure that your basement stays dry. After your contractor install a new drainage system, they will then apply waterproofing material in order to protect your drainage system from future issues.

#2 Waterproofing Paint Method

If your basement water problems are not that serious, and you only have a few small leaks in your basement, your contractor may suggest that your waterproof your basement by applying waterproof primer and paint. These products can seal up small cracks in your wall and can prevent water from damaging your wall in the future. Water will also not be able to penetrate your walls and will just bead up due to the waterproof paint. You will be able to wipe away any water that leaks onto your walls; it will not soak into your walls due to the paint that you applied.

#3 Crack Filling Method

The third primary method of basement waterproofing is the crack filling method. For this method, your contractor will inject a special material into your cracks. This material will expand and fill the space inside of the cracks in your basement wall. These types of products generally work best if the cracks in your basement are on the smaller side. If you have a crack that is wider than a foot, more serious intervention may be necessary.

The three methods described above are some of the most common basement waterproofing methods employed by contractors. Depending on the water and moisture situation in your basement, the contractor you hire to waterproof your basement may use one or more of the methods above to keep your basement dry. 

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