If you have moisture or water running into your basement, the waterproofing either was not installed on the home or it has worn out. Basement waterproofing not only keeps water and moisture out of the basement, but it keeps excessive humidity out of your house. When you have too much moisture in your basement and in your house, you give mold and mildew the perfect environment to grow. Our waterproofing services at H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing stop the excess moisture that causes mold and mildew.
Interior vs. Exterior Waterproofing
You can choose from two types of waterproofing, though sometimes, the setup of your home determines which waterproofing types will work best for your situation. You have several options, including interior and exterior waterproofing.
If you choose interior waterproofing, you get rid of the water that leaks into your basement — after it leaks in. Generally, a waterproofing company installs pipes and drains along the basement walls to catch the water and carry it to a sump pit. Sometimes, the system is installed under the foundation. A sump pump pumps the water out of the basement sump pit and away from your house. The bad thing about this is that the water stays in the sump pit until it reaches a certain level. And, if your basement starts to flood and the power is off, the system will not remove the water unless the sump pump has a backup generator.
Vapor barriers are another type of interior waterproofing. These plastic or foil sheets, which are installed along the walls, seal out moisture that seeps in. You’ll commonly see vapor barriers in crawl spaces.
Part of exterior waterproofing is the gutter system and the slope of the land around your house. The drain spouts for the gutters should dump at least a foot away from the house. And, you should have a slight slope against the basement or crawlspace to direct water away from the house. Cleaning the gutters twice every year or as needed is part of maintaining the drainage around your home.
The rest of the exterior drainage system consists of a drain tile system or a French drain if needed, and waterproofing material on the exterior walls of the basement. Since rock is porous, water can seep in unless the rock is coated with a tar-like substance. If a lot of water runs down to your house, you might install a French drain or a drain tile system to help move water away from the house.
The main difference between interior and exterior waterproofing is that exterior waterproofing gets the water away from the house before it enters instead of after it enters.
Best Ways to Waterproof Basement
The best way to waterproof a basement is to use exterior waterproofing, though sometimes, your only choice is interior waterproofing. Both methods get the water away from and out of the basement, which in turn, reduces the chances of mold and mildew from forming. Another downside of interior waterproofing is that you might have to dig up part of the basement floor to put in pipes and a sump pump system. Exterior waterproofing might also require digging, but it’s easier than breaking a cement pad apart on the inside.
Contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing
If you notice your basement walls are damp, or you have water that constantly enters your basement, contact H&H Pest Control and Waterproofing. We’ll come out and give you an estimate on installing the best type of waterproofing for your situation."Topics": ,