One of the dangers of winter snow is actually when it begins to melt. Melting snow will soak into the ground and can cause big problems for homeowners. If your basement isn’t waterproofed or damp proofed, the snow melt is liable to seep in through cracks in your basement walls. It can even come up through the basement floor if your basement isn’t built to handle groundwater. The last thing anyone wants is a flooded basement. If you want to know how to avoid water damage from snow melt, this is how:
Snow Melt Prevention
The first thing you can do to mitigate the damage snow melt does to your property is to shovel the snow away from the house. Using a snow shovel or plow to move snow away from the walls of the house will minimize the amount of groundwater threatening your basement. Of course, this isn’t the ideal solution. However, it is cheaper than external waterproofing and damp proofing. If you don’t have the means to invest in a large waterproofing job, preventing the melt from accessing your basement walls will be better than nothing.
If you have the means necessary, it’s even better to invest in damp proofing. Not only is damp proofing good for you and your property, it also boosts home resale value. The way it works is that the soil around the foundation is moved temporarily. Our crew of damp proofing professionals then seals any cracks in your foundation. Once the cracks have been repaired, a liquid membrane is used to coat the foundation. This coating ensures there is a smooth surface for the solid membrane, which comes next, to seal to.
Altogether, these membranes and repairs keep moisture in the soil from ever coming into contact with your foundation walls. There’s no opportunity for water to erode the cement that supports your house.
Once the damp proofing has been done, the soil will be put back into place where it belongs. Your house will look just as it did with the hidden addition of damp proofing.
Damp proofing primarily helps you to avoid moisture damaging your foundation walls or seeping into your basement via condensation. Waterproofing, on the other hand, is for notable amounts of water. This is how you avoid things like excess rain water from pooling in the basement.
Waterproofing is most effective when done in addition to damp proofing. When you have your damp proofing measures installed, you can also have weeping tiles installed. This will allow any water that settles against the solid membrane installed during damp proofing to be redirected to a sump pump. The water resting against the membrane will flow into the weeping tiles. Those tiles will redirect water into a sump basin. Your sump pump will then pump the water away from the house. This combination of mechanisms keeps your home from falling victim to flooding or foundational wood rot.
If you have questions about waterproofing or damp proofing, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to answer them. You can even consult with us on what the best solution is for your home.