Waterproofing Your Basement A Beginner’s Guide

Interior waterproofing

When your basement flood leads to serious water damage, it may be time to look into interior waterproofing. Whether your flood was from drainage problems or storm damage, the lesson stands that you can never be too safe from water damage in your home. (And if you do have basement flooding, make sure that you dry it all out in 24-48 hours, or else you can acquire major mold, so says the EPA.)

What is interior waterproofing exactly? Well it depends. Some waterproofing methods require you to add a protective coating to your basement walls or floors. Most likely this coating is thick like cement, and goes right on top of your walls. But there are certain waterproofing materials that penetrate into the walls, sealing in with the actual brick or stone. These coatings you can paint right over. (There are even some waterproof paints you can use!)

There are also methods you can use that employ large plastic coverings for your walls and floor. In partner with a drainage system, these plastic covers protect the things in your basement from damage, while gathering any water that permeates the walls and channeling it into its own drain. Though this isn’t technically waterproofing your walls, it is a good way to ensure the water all goes to the same place, and away from your stuff.

The last thing you can do is look into an exterior waterproofing, where professionals help you to shape your home and yard in the best ways possible for minimal water damage. But this is really only necessary when you’ve exhausted all your other options. (And with so many different kinds of products to try, you’ve got plenty of time to figure out what will work best for your home.) So get to your interior waterproofing today, and avoid the extra rubble and ruin!

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