Interior Or Exterior Basement Waterproofing? Assessing Your Needs

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Water is one of your home's greatest enemies. Finding water in your basement is cause for serious concern. If you don't address the source of the water infiltration, you may have to invest in the replacement of your drywall, flooring, and other construction materials.

Professional contractors can offer solutions for both interior and exterior basement waterproofing. Consider your needs carefully to provide your basement with the greatest level of protection against water infiltration.

Interior Waterproofing System

You should carefully note when you see water in your basement. If the water appears only after heavy rainstorms that have lasted for quite awhile, groundwater is most likely the source of the leak.

Groundwater builds up around the foundation of your home. An interior drainage system can help you move this groundwater away from your foundation before it has a chance to infiltrate your basement. Interior drains can be installed in a matter of days to provide your home with ongoing protection against groundwater leaks.

Exterior Waterproofing System

If water starts to infiltrate your basement as soon as a rainstorm begins, surface water is the most probable source of the leak. By installing an exterior waterproofing system, you can eliminate the potential for surface water to leak through the foundation and into your home.

The addition of an exterior waterproofing system is more labor-intensive than the addition of an interior waterproofing system. A contractor will dug out the dirt surrounding your home's foundation to expose the exterior foundation walls. Any visible cracks will be repaired before a drainage system is placed at the base of the foundation.

The soil will then be replaced. Any water that makes its way through the soil to your foundation walls will be funneled into the drain and moved a safe distance from your home.

Both interior and exterior waterproofing systems can be used to address moisture problems in your basement.

An interior system will typically be more affordable because it is easier to install, but an interior system alone may not be sufficient to control the water coming into your basement. Having an interior and an exterior waterproofing system added to your home will help to protect your basement against water from both inside and outside.

This is the best way to ensure that water leaks will not damage your basement or contribute to the growth of potentially toxic mold in your home in the future. For more information, contact a waterproofing company like Sohan and Sons


10 July 2019

Stop Mold in Its Tracks

Hi, I'm Carey Johnson. Mold can be more dangerous than you might realize. I learned that when my little girl started having asthma and allergy attacks inside the house. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. We changed the filter in the air conditioner frequently, and we kept the house very clean. We couldn’t, however, figure out where the allergens were coming from. Finally, we discovered the mold that was growing on the floor of the attic – right above my daughter’s room! No wonder she was having breathing problems! Once we found it, we went right to work learning how to get rid of it for good. We ended up reconstructing the attic, and I learned that I enjoyed learning about construction.