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Different Types of Basement Waterproofing

Different Types of Basement WaterproofingBasement 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 Solutions

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.


How To Save Money By Insulating Your Basement

How To Save Money By Insulating Your Basement

Insulating your basement can cut down on the heating and cooling costs that cause your utility bill to spike in extreme temperatures. The U.S. Department of Energy says that heating and cooling account for 46 percent of the average homeowner’s electric bill, which equals about $2,200 annually.

Here are multiple basement insulation methods you can use to protect against energy loss through walls and windows.

Install Spray Foam or Foam Board

Wood framing and fiberglass insulation should not be built directly against a concrete foundation wall because of the potential for moisture buildup. Insulation that can handle the ebb and flow of dampness in concrete is a better investment for homeowners, since the risk of mold growth and wood rot is eliminated.

Spray foam is the most expensive basement wall insulation option, but it is also the most thorough. It covers all wires, pipes and crevices, removing all air leaks and guarding against water vapor buildup.

Foam board also protects against moisture and boasts a high R-value, the measurement of thermal resistance. The joints where each board section meet can be sealed with tape or spray foam to minimize heat transfer.

Interior Window Insulation

To decrease the amount of energy lost through draft-prone basement windows, homeowners can replace weather stripping around each. Chip away old, dry caulk and clean each window edge of crumbling debris. Put new weather stripping in place and re-caulk the perimeter of each window. Consider replacing older, single-paned basement windows with double-pane, energy-efficient glass. Temporary window film can also be applied on a seasonal basis to help increase heat transfer through the glass.

Window Well Covers Prevent Air Leaks

Sealing each basement window well will prevent unnecessary air leaks and energy loss. Purchase a custom-fitted window well cover designed to fit each window. Window well covers composed of clear polycarbonate material will allow sunlight in, facilitating a natural heat source for the basement in colder weather while still protecting against drafts. Larger windows have an increased surface area and more potential for heat loss, so window well covers are especially helpful for finished basements with taller windows. As a cost-effective product with many additional benefits, including increased home security, window well covers are a smart purchase with a considerable return on investment.

Benefits of Insulating Your Basement

In addition to trimming monthly utility costs, insulating your basement can provide additional living space for household members year-round. Completely finishing a basement results in a 72.8 percent return on investment, according to the latest Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, upping the overall value and marketability of your home.

Contact Windowell Expressions for additional advice on how window well covers can help when insulating your basement against cold winter drafts and summer heat waves.