One of the challenging aspects of home maintenance especially in areas prone to flooding is keeping water out. The unique construction and nature of basements means this space is particularly prone to water problems. Waterproofing your property is not merely about avoiding a mess. A flooded basement can lead to expensive repair costs and damage to many prized and priceless possession. Basement flooding can also cause irreparable damage to your structure or dangerous mold growth that can cause a range of issues.
What Causes Basement Flooding
To fully understand how to keep your basement water-free, it is important that you understand the various factor that can lead to basement flooding. Improper soil preparation and poor drainage are major factors that cause basements to flood. When the rainwater cannot drain away from your building property, it can eventually find its way into your basement. Even when you have drainage fixtures like gutters installed for your building, a poorly installed or badly maintained gutter will do a poor job at handling rainwater and will only direct rainwater to your basement instead of away from with. Homes that are improperly sloped will around be prone to basement flooding. Technical issues such as hydrostatic pressure can also cause water to become accumulated around your building foundation and the water will eventually force its way through cracks in a bid to relieve pressure. These and other factors may lead to basement flooding.
The easiest and most affordable way to protect your basement from flooding is interior waterproofing. The main idea behind this technique is to ensure that holes or cracks in your basement floor and wall are properly sealed to prevent water from seeping in through them. This is because water frequently enters into your basement through these cracks and holes and properly sealing them will effectively hold the water at bay. For this technique, special sealants are applied to fill up the cracks. When carried out properly by professionals, applying sealants can help keep the humidity level in your basement at a minimal level. Special coatings may also be applied on basement floors and walls to create an additional waterproof barrier. However, it is important to note that interior waterproofing only keeps the water out by does not address underlying moisture problems.
To address the root cause of basement flooding issues, then you need to identify and fix the root cause of the problem which is usually on the home exterior. For this, you should call for our exterior waterproofing services. This is a much more complex project than simply sealing the interiors. Exterior basement waterproofing involves excavating the soil around your building foundation. Heavy tools and machinery are required for this. After excavation, waterproof polymer-based sealants are applied to the exterior walls. Exterior waterproofing is best done during building construction, but can also be carried out later. Gutter installation and maintenance is another essential part of exterior waterproofing
Installation Of Drainage Systems
The underlying cause of basement flooding in most cases is a drainage problem. Installing proper drainage around your building will help keep your basement dry. A good drainage system will help redirect groundwater and rainwater away from your building foundation and basement. There are different types of drainage fixtures like sump pumps that can be installed around your home. To determine the best way to handle your drainage problem, our technicians will examine the soil around your building. Even if you have an existing drainage system, you can invite our professionals to take a look at your basement and confirm if it is still functioning.