Basement waterproofing or foundation waterproofing are general terms that describes the range of services performed to fix or prevent a wet basement.
ReNew Services Group has a tested and proven solution to each and every basement dilemma you may have; from moldy and uninsulated crawl spaces to damp or wet basements and buckling foundation walls.
The first step in waterproofing your basement is to identify the source of the water leak. More than 90% of wet basements leak water from the walls and the joint where the floor and wall meet. Basements rarely leak water up through the floor. What happens is surface water collects and builds up in a pocket around the foundation causing hydrostatic pressure. Water is then forced through the joint where the floor and wall meet. Determining the source of the leak is typically easier in an unfinished basement when the water leaves a trail, though we do carry the necessary tools to determine the source regardless of the situation.
Sometimes there may not be a leak at all, but your area is prone to basement flooding. In this case, taking a preventative measure to avoid water damage is a great way to protect your home. As we always say – the best solution is prevention.
6 Reasons to Waterproof Your Basement
- It eliminates moisture. The more moisture you have in your basement, the more likely you will generate mold and mildew
- When you eliminate moisture, you also avoid attracting insects and pests that love damp, moist environments
- Waterproofing protects your valuables; most people use at least a portion of their basement for storage
- Water can damage your furniture, ruin your prized possessions, and destroy family heirlooms
- Water and moisture have the potential to eat away at your foundation, causing the structural integrity of your home to weaken. Waterproofing your basement improves the structural integrity
- Without water prevention, you may be at a great risk for damage in the event of a natural disaster
How is it Done?
Exterior waterproofing prevents water from entering foundation walls therefore preventing the wicking and molding of building materials. Waterproofing a structure from the exterior is the only method the IBC (International Building Code) recognizes as adequate to prevent structural damage caused by water intrusion. Prior to the 1980s much of the original exterior waterproofing was actually damp-proofing using a degradable asphalt-based covering. Waterproofing an existing basement begins with excavating to the bottom sides of the footings. Once excavated, the walls are then sealed with a waterproofing membrane and new drainage (weeping tiles) are placed at the side of the footing.
Other Waterproofing Options
When you’re looking into a new basement waterproofing system, to keep your walls and foundation dry, you’ll notice that there isn’t just one system that works for everyone.
Most interior basement waterproofing system start with the introduction of a sump pump, which moves water that is sitting below the foundation of your home, to move away from your home and not land in your basement. Ideally, most interior basement waterproofing systems create a function for water to not enter your basement, but also a design to remove it, in case it does. Interior basement waterproofing is known to be messy, which is why some people opt out of this method, especially if your basement is finished. Interior systems on your finished walls have to be pulled out, replaced, and cause more work for many homeowners. However, for minor basement waterproofing issues, many people stick with interior basement waterproofing for cost purposes.
While basement waterproofing has several different methods of conduction, they all have the same goal: keeping your home dry. It’s crucial for you to weigh all the options when it comes to basement waterproofing, to find which method is perfect for you. If you call ReNew Services Group today, we can offer a full inspection, to help you make the right decision for you and your home.