Living in a wet climate has its perks, but its drawbacks can be expensive. For instance, groundwater can cause extensive damage to the home. This is especially true for the basement. That’s why it’s important to us that our clients know about basement waterproofing. With a little help from the professionals at POM Plumbing, your home will be kept safe from any water that could potentially damage it.
Basement waterproofing is a rather extensive procedure. It’s best to have this kind of thing done when a home is built. Waterproofing the basement after the fact means digging out dirt from around the house. Because waterproofing is done from outside the basement, we have to be able to access the external basement walls.
This process can be stressful for homeowners. To help ease the stress of this grueling task, our staff will remain open and honest about the process. You’ll know what’s going on the whole time, making things easier to cope with.
Effects of Waterproofing
Waterproofing is an effective tool to keep out flowing water from the basement. It is especially useful if there are frequent floods where you live. Likewise, if you live in a marshy area, this should help protect your home.
Waterproofing is not to be confused with damp proofing. Damp proofing is what’s done to keep general moisture from the soil from penetrating basement walls. If you’re looking for help with only moisture, damp proofing is likely fine by itself. Waterproofing, however, includes damp proofing. Additionally, waterproofing targets water that may pool at the foundation. Flowing water is connected and redirected away from the house. This ensures the water won’t leak in at the foundation.
Preparing the Basement
To start the waterproofing process, we first have to uncover the basement walls. This is usually done by making a trench alongside the house. Once we can access the basement walls, we’ll seal up any cracks. Once the waterproofing is finished, the walls will be inaccessible. Therefore, it’s important to seal cracks before getting to work.
Once the wall has been uncovered and checked for damage, it’s time to start damp proofing. The first thing that’s done is a liquid membrane is applied. This is a coating that’s applied on the exterior of the basement wall. It fills in grooves, dips, and inconsistencies in the wall. Once the liquid membrane is in place, the sheet membrane can be applied. This membrane is a solid sheet and is what does most of the legwork for keeping your home dry.
When the damp proofing is finished, it’s fine to install weeping tiles. These tiles form a special kind of drain that leads water away from the house. The weeping tiles can be connected to a sump pump for maximum efficiency at removing water.
If you struggle to keep your basement dry and frequently experience flooding or moisture issues, contact us. We would love to discuss waterproofing solutions with you. Then you can relax knowing your home is safe and dry at all times.