Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofingIf you are dealing with the issue of wet or musty basement and you are in search of its cure then you would definitely be curious about the advertisement of those products which says about waterproofing the basement walls. You might be wondering whether these advertisements are really effective or not. You might be amused to know that it is possible to dry your basement just by sealing the walls. But for that you need to know whether the moisture is coming from outside or it’s your home which is humid and it affecting your walls. For waterproofing your basement you have two options, you can either waterproof your interior walls or you can waterproof your exterior walls. Interior waterproofing might solve your problem however exterior waterproofing is better but it is quite expensive. So before going for it you must try out interior waterproofing on primary phase. Here are types of interior waterproofing.

  • Concrete waterproofing coatings

These are a thick coating which similar to cement. Once they get dry they permanently adhere to the masonry walls and concrete. These coating should be applied with a heavy brush by you which should be made up with Tampico bristles which is a natural fiber. If you want to give an attractive and finished look to your wall, you must swirl the brush at the end stage of the application of coating. If there is any previously painted surface in your basement then concrete waterproofing coating cannot be applied to it. For covering 100 sq feet of area you need a 5-gallon bucket which costs around $30 to $40.

  • Silicate based concrete sealers

It is also known as densifiers. It is suited to those walls which have been already sealed or painted. The sealer gets itself soaked in and it reacts chemically with the ingredient in the brick or concrete and results in the formation of hard waterproof surface. These sealers are penetrating sealers and they cannot peel or flake off and thus you can even paint them over. One of another benefit is that the application of silicate concrete sealer is pretty much easy. You can do it yourself. You can apply it by a roller or sprayer or a brush. For covering 200 sq feet of area you need to have A-1 gallon which costs you around 40$ to 50$. You need to do at least two coats of it.

  • Plastic sheets and panels

These are suitable for the wall waterproofing when it is combined with the drainage system of interior basement. These are not stopping the water from getting through the wall but they stop the water from destroying things in the basement. The water which gets through the wall runs to the drainage system through the back of the plastic in the floor. That water is moved out of the basement with the help of a sump pump.  This whole plastic sheet and panel system can cost you around $3000 to $5000 for a basement room of 20 by 20 foot.


Having a Sump Pump

Sump pumpMost of the houses have a problem of wetness under the ground level. This under level wetness leads to crawlspace flooding and making the condition of the basement vulnerable. If your home has a room or space which is under the ground level, then you would definitely be aware of the fact how much flood can damage that room. But there is solution to this problem and that is installing a sump pump.

What are sump pumps?

Sump pump are nothing but just a simple small device which can be installed in your crawlspace and basement so that water is removed effectively and your underground space remains dry. These sump pumps are placed in a place which is known as sump pits. These sump pits are the holes which are designed to grab the water and other liquids. Sump pump takes the water out from the sump pits and it redirects the water out of your homes. There are many devices of this type. Some of these devices are powered by the electricity, while the others are powered by the water. There are several sump pumps which have the back up of battery in case when there are electrical outages. The quantity of the sump pump in your home depends upon the size of your home. Big house needs more number of sump pumps while small one needs less number of sump pumps. It also depends upon the area you live in if it is more prone to floods you definitely need it.

Damage of flood water

Now you are aware of what is sup pump you must be aware you should have it in your home and if you not have one what difficulties your home would have to face. Here are some of the important reasons why you should install sump pump in your home.

  • Sump pumps assure you that your room or space which is under the ground level will be dry and warm and you will not see any humidity and dampness in the room.
  • If there is humidity and dampness, it can cause the mildew and mold in the room and it is not so good. Having a siphon pump is the best option for getting rid of this problem.
  • Moisture attracts termite and such other insects. So water away from your house by using sump pump will also save your house from getting deteriorated by such insects and pests.
  • It’s not an unknown fact that water and electricity are dangerous together. Thus in case of flooded area there is a possibility of electric fire. You can remove such risk by having an sump siphoning device.
  • You have many things and valuables stored in your underground room so keeping water from that area also save your stuff from getting damaged. This stuff can be carpet, furniture, dryers and such other things.
  • Installing a sump pump is also a good way to increase the value of your home. It’s a good addition to the price of your home.