How to Prevent Water Damage With Basement Waterproof Paint

What You'll Need
Cleaning cloth
Waterproof paint
Sandblaster or Wire brush
Quick drying cement

Waterproofing a basement is very important. It’s a project that can be completely simply by any homeowner with basement waterproof paint. Waterproofing is especially important if you live in a climate where it rains often, or you are near a body of water and the ground around your home becomes saturated with water. Those who live in an older home that may never have been treated with any sort of waterproofing find that it is important to waterproof soon rather than later.

Water damage has numerous causes, including rain runoff, old or damaged gutters, a high water table, and rain driven by wind. Some waterproofing jobs are best left to the professionals, including outdoor drainage systems and foundation checks and repairs. Waterproof coatings can be used for above and below ground, as well as for interior and exterior applications.

Like any paint, waterproof paint comes in a variety of colors. You can fit it into the décor of your basement or design a whole new basement around it. It will beautify while it protects against mold, mildew, and nearly every kind of water damage.

Step 1 - Purchasing the Paint

Visit your local home improvement or hardware store to get someone to assist you. There are different types of paints. Depending upon the condition your walls are in, the type of walls you have, and how they may have been waterproofed in the past, a specific type of paint may be necessary. A good idea would be to take some pictures so the expert has a better idea of what you need and talk to them about what you are looking to do.

Step 2 - What to Expect

There are many different kinds of water damage. Paint alone is not meant to prevent more serious problems like flooding. It will prevent your walls from accumulating moisture which can lead to growth of mold and mildew. That is actually the most common type of water damage. To prevent damage from floods, you should hire a professional to install outdoor drains which must be maintained.

Step 3 - Preparation

A little preparation is needed before using basement waterproofing paint. Clean any dirt, mold, and mildew with household cleaning agents. Bleach diluted with water will work well to take away mold and mildew. Wipe away any condensation.

Loose mortar or broken block should be brushed away. Any old paint should also be cleared. The paint can be cleaned with a sandblaster or simple wire brush. If there are cracks or holes in the walls, they should be filled with quick-drying cement. The cement can also be used to fill the joints between walls.

Be prepared with the proper paint. It should have anti-mold agents in it. Finally, make sure you use proper safety precautions by opening all windows or otherwise ventilate the area in which you are working and wear goggles or a protective mask if ventilation is lacking.

Step 4 - Applying the Paint

Apply the paint as you would any other paint. It is always best to use two coats of basement waterproofing paint, if you have the ability to do so.