What Do You Need to Know About Waterproofing Your Basement?

June 30, 2022

Waterproofing your basement is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your home against water damage. But what does it involve?

Read on to find out everything you need to know about basement waterproofing.

Two Types of Basement Waterproofing are Available

You can choose from two types of basement waterproofing, or use both for maximum reinforcement against water-related damage. Your options are:

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior waterproofing usually relies on several elements working together harmoniously, including the weeping tile — a porous pipe for draining water.

When this is installed around the foundation of your home, it will collect groundwater and redirect it into another area far enough away from your property to prevent floods (such as into a sump pit or the rear of your yard).

Interior Waterproofing

With interior basement waterproofing, a trench of between six to eight inches along the foundation wall is created. A Delta MS drainage membrane and weeping tile system are also installed. These components work together to channel water out of your basement into a safe area outside. This can stop floods and reduce your likelihood of moisture-related issues.

Our experts will discuss both types of basement waterproofing to help you choose the best option for your property.

Waterproofing Protects Against Weather-Related Floods

One of the primary reasons to invest in any type of basement waterproofing is to prevent flooding in the foundation of your home. Even minor wear and tear or damage in your basement could create a way inside your property.

Water could seep in through cracks or holes during wet weather, building up over days, weeks, and months. And it could be easy to miss initially, especially if you rarely go into your basement. But eventually, a neglected basement could become flooded — and prone to serious damage.

Effective waterproofing, though, denies access to your basement and keeps water outside during even the most torrential rain.

You Can Save Money on Expensive Repairs and Renovations

In Canada, the average cost of repairing a flooded basement exceeds $40,000. But investing in basement waterproofing is a simple, effective way to avoid such immense expense.

With high-quality waterproofing performed by a professional team, you can rest assured that your basement is safe against floods, leaks, and moisture damage. And that means you don’t need to worry about high repair costs each time there’s a storm.

Waterproofing Promotes a Cleaner, Safer, Healthier Basement (And Home)

One of the nastiest side effects of a flood or leak is that your basement will become a fertile breeding ground for mold.

Why? Because water attracts mold spores. And if you allow moisture to build up in your basement, you increase the likelihood that mold will start to grow and spread.

It’s best to catch mold formation as early as possible to minimize potential problems, from dangerous structural damage to health issues. For example, young children, elderly relatives, or any member of your household affected by allergies could all be vulnerable to mold.

Touching or inhaling spores can trigger an allergic reaction, including skin rashes and sneezing. But, more worryingly, they could trigger asthma attacks in those living with the condition, too.

Fortunately, you can keep mold growth at bay with reliable basement waterproofing services.

A Waterproofed Basement Keeps Possessions Safe from Water Damage

Basements are a convenient space to store odds and ends you accumulate over the years. Everything from old yearbooks to clothing with sentimental value to your kids’ childhood toys can all be piled high in your basement.

You may venture down those dark steps once in a while to revisit precious memories by looking through old photo albums or vacation souvenirs. But if your home is at risk of leaks or floods, those possessions will be in danger of becoming damaged — or even getting totally destroyed. Some items you may be able to replace, but others will have more personal value.

Take the time to check your basement for cracks, holes, damaged window frames, and other potential entry points for water. Even if you don’t see any, a waterproofing specialist will be able to identify possible issues that need to be addressed.

Waterproofing May Increase the Value of Your Property

Think you may want to sell your home in the future? Want to pass it on to a loved one eventually?

Whatever your intentions, waterproofing your basement can boost the value of your property and help you secure a bigger profit. Sellers may be on the lookout for a home with no work required, and a fully waterproofed basement would make your property more appealing than others.

A Waterproofed Basement has Less Risk of Pest Infestations

Moisture can make your basement attractive to various types of bugs, and your property could become infested before you even realize the risk. Even if you don’t use your basement, the prospect of ever doing so would become particularly unpleasant if it were home to a huge number of spiders or ants. And they could find their way into other areas of your home!

Patching up any cracks or holes in your foundation could prevent your basement from turning into a pests’ paradise. Comprehensive waterproofing is a powerful solution for keeping bugs outside your home, especially when combined with other measures (e.g. thorough cleaning, repellant sprays).

How Can You Take the Next Step?

Feel inspired to try a basement waterproofing service?

Aluneed is here to help you.

We’re a dedicated, family-owned and -operated waterproofing company with more than 25 years of hands-on experience in repairing foundations. We utilize the latest techniques and technologies to effectively waterproof your basement, across our interior and exterior services.

Whether you have an obstructed weeping tile, damp problems, or a constant leak in your basement, you can depend on Aluneed to put it right. We’ll send a trained estimator to your property, equipped with a moisture reader and thermal camera, to determine how we can help you.

Get in touch today for expert waterproofing at outstanding prices!

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