Most Common Concrete Waterproofing Solutions

What You'll Need
Sheet membrane
Liquid membrane
Concrete screws
Paint brush

When it comes to concrete waterproofing, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. It is extremely important to waterproof your basement floor, as well as any floors in your home that are made of concrete. This is because they serve as the base and foundation of your home, so you want to be sure that no leaking occurs. A big reason for this is that mold and odors can develop, and water can seep further into the foundation, making it weak. If you catch these problems before they happen, you can ensure that you don't have any mold problems in your home, as well as any foundation weakness due to moisture. Here are a few different tools and materials that you will need to use, as well as some quick steps that can help to guide you through the process.

Step 1 - Consider Sheet Membrane

Sheet membrane is one of the most common types of water proofing that there is for concrete. Typically it comes in a rubber material that is sticky, so that you can just layer it on top to protect that actual concrete foundation. You do have to be careful when installing though, to make sure that you do not rip the material.

Step 2 - Consider Liquid Membrane

You can paint a type of liquid membrane over your concrete, to protect it from water and other elements. This is mainly popular in basements with concrete floors, as they tend to have a higher chance of flooding and need protection. This is one of the easiest ways to waterproof your concrete, is pretty inexpensive to buy, and simple to find at the hardware store or on-line. 

Step 3 - Consider Bentonite

This type of waterproofing is a clay that works to plug any parts that may allow water in. It comes as bigger tiles, and is great for larger spaces, like a basement. These sheets are best installed all at once, and are screwed into the concrete.

Step 4 - Decide which is Best

It is important to waterproof the concrete in your home, to ensure that you don't have any flooding that can ruin the flooring or base. You also may want to consider a few things before you jump into one particular waterproofing method. First, decide how much you want to spend up front, verses how much you can spend later, if you run into a problem. This will help you to decide which method is good for you. Also, consider whether or not you are going to put anything over the concrete, now or later on. If you plan on putting carpeting over the concrete, you may want to think of the method for waterproofing that you want to use. Be sure to speak with a carpet installer as well. Typically, a sheet or liquid membrane is best for tile, liquid membrane is best for wood and bentonite or sheet is best for carpeting.