Basement waterproofing is crucial for preventing mold, mildew, and water damage. With a waterproof basement, you can utilize the space for storage or finish it and add another living room or den to your home. There are many products that can help you waterproof your basement. Being knowledgeable about all of them will help you to make an informed decision about which one is right for your home.
1. Sump Pumps
A sump pump is most useful in homes where the water table is above the foundation of the home. That causes regular basement flooding. To stop it from happening and to remove dampness, a sump pump is installed.
There are two types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible. A pedestal is mounted above ground and may be more easily reached, although it is unsightly. A submersible one is located below ground and is sealed off.
Sump pumps sometimes are powered by the pressurized water in the home. If not, the pump will be connected to the home's electrical supply. It's important to have a battery-powered back-up in case of a power failure.
2. Drain Tile Systems
Traditional drain tile systems (or French drains) use regular PVC pipe to channel water outward and are notorious for failing. If you have this type of system in your home, you might want to upgrade it. There are several new piping systems that can be installed in both internal and external drain tile systems to give you greater piece of mind
3. Baseboard Systems
Baseboard systems originated in the midwest in the early 1960s. The design is simple and very effective. Hollow baseboards collect water from weep holes tapped in the bottom row of blocks and channel the water to a sump pump or floor drain. This approach to waterproofing your basement can save hundreds of dollars over sub-floor systems.
4. Cavity Drain Systems
In a cavity drain system, a pre-formed cavity within your basement intercepts incoming water and drains it away. The cavity collects groundwater within your structure and then drains it away. This system is located entirely underground. When utilizing this system, you must select a suitable cavity to work with your structure so that it provides the proper amount of pressure to control the amount of water. You should also consider the external drainage, the amount of groundwater, soil type, and ground contamination.
Other Waterproofing Ideas
To prevent leaking and flooding in your basement, it is important to first fix, fill, and repair all cracks and holes. Survey your basement and carefully check the walls and ceiling for any potential gaffs. By fixing these you will prevent excessive water from seeping into your home and causing damage.