It may not be immediately obvious, especially to new homeowners, but it’s important for your basement to be water resistant, if not outright waterproof.
First and foremost you want to prevent flooding inside your home. There is no worse disaster, beyond potentially a fire, than a flooded home. Waterproofing your basement can help prevent that terrible occurrence from becoming a likelihood. You want to protect your home from mold and mildew that can build up and grow in damp and humid environments. Damp basements are perfect homes for mold and mildew and you can expect such problems to only get worse over time.
When you’re waterproofing your basement make sure you fully clear it out and clean it out to have a full view of the extent of the problem and project. Divide your basement up into sections and work on them slowly over time if need be. Begin with the walls and work downward to the floors once the walls are all sealed up. If you are applying a product to your basement floor be sure to purchase enough material for the size of space you’re covering. Don’t forget to check for any radon issues ahead of time as well – it’s best to do any radon mitigation first, before doing your waterproofing.
There is no doubt that your best bet to ensure the work is done right is to call a professional. A licensed pro will know all the extra considerations to make and will be sure the work is all done according to whatever code might be applicable in your area.
There are a few don’ts to keep in mind as well. Where possible, avoid plastic sheeting material. This type of material solution can work in certain circumstances, particularly where your options are limited. However the material can tear and wear down over time, and cracking can eventually allow moisture in and will need replacing. Likewise, avoid tar when selecting materials. Tar will eventually become very brittle and crack, creating pathways for moisture to get through. When backfilling, avoid limestone and use gravel instead – limestone could create a clog in drainage structures and create additional problems that you’re trying to solve.
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