Basement waterproofing can limit moisture seepage, mold growth and serious water damage in your home. Here is a selection of basement waterproofing options that may help limit the chances of a flood on your property.
Exterior Foundation Seal
Due to the high expense associated with the project, applying a polymer-based seal to your foundation’s exterior is normally only conducted during the construction of a new build or in cases of extreme flooding. The ground around the foundation is excavated down to the footings. The surface is cleaned of grime before the waterproof membrane is applied. After investing in an exterior foundation seal, homeowners can expect the protection to last for at least 20 years. The membrane can also improve the structural support of the home.
Interior waterproofing solutions range from drainage systems to coats of paint applied directly to the foundation walls. If rising groundwater is a serious issue, the edge of the basement floor is jackhammered and concrete is removed. After pouring gravel into the gap, a basin to collect excess water is placed inside, leading to a sump pump that will then direct the water outside, away from the foundation.
For minor signs of moisture, concrete or silicate-based sealers can be applied to bare foundation walls. Acrylic-based waterproofing paint is also useful for mold and mildew prevention.
Window Well Drainage System
Groundwater and moisture from adjacent soil is bad for your lowest level, but precipitation is the most dangerous threat to any basement. While many homeowners pay attention to their gutters and downspouts, ensuring water flows off the roof and into nearby storm drains, not as much consideration is given to the risk of leaks through basement windows.
If an uncovered window well has no drainage system, water can pool right next to the basement window, leading to seepage and leaks. Even when the window well has a built-in drainage component, falling leaves, sticks and other debris can block the pipeline carrying water away from the foundation.
Window well covers offer an affordable solution to basement flooding. A durable cover will protect the window well from collecting water, keeping the moisture content of the soil next to the foundation at an appropriate level and reducing the workload of the foundation’s drainage pump. They also cover the window’s frame, protecting the wood from precipitation and extending its life by preventing rot. When basement window frames begin to decay, the seal is worn away and leaks could develop through the edges of the window itself.
Contact Windowell Expressions for information on how to purchase custom-fitted window well covers – a method of basement waterproofing that can save thousands of dollars in flood damage.