Waterproofing basements can protect HVAC systems, ventilation systems, pipe condensation, sump pumps, and leaks in walls, ceilings and foundations from water damage. Waterproofing basements save homeowners from disaster if maintenance systems like electrical wires, water and sewage pipes, and garbage disposals are installed in the basement.
The primary method of waterproofing basements is applying a waterproofing coating. Prior to that application, a homeowner should inspect block walls to ensure that they are in proper condition.
To repair damaged blocks, brush away loose mortar and broken block, remove surface dirt and old paint with a sandblaster or wire brush, and use quick-drying cement to fill in cracks, holes, and joints between the wall and the floor.
Hydrostatic pressure can be the result of a variety of conditions, including rain runoff flowing toward a house, a high water table, faulty gutter systems, and wind-driven rain. Waterproofing coating systems are designed to prevent the passage of water that is under hydrostatic pressure. Film-forming waterproofing coatings for waterproofing basements are designed for both above and below ground as well as interior and exterior applications. Learn more about waterproofing basements here.