When you’re faced with a leaking basement, you know that you have no choice. You have to invest in basement waterproofing if you want to ensure that your basement remains dry and your home free of mold and mildew.
As you search for more information on waterproofing and what to do next, you may come across various contractors. Contractors will provide you with a wide array of solutions to repairing your basement. You may be wondering which waterproofing method would suit you best.
The different methods of waterproofing:
If you have cracks in your basement walls, water may be finding its way into the basement through these cracks. Sealing these cracks with a waterproof sealant or coating will keep the water out.
Using waterproof sealants is the least expensive method for crack repair. Many homeowners turn to this as a first option. However, it is only cosmetic. It doesn’t solve the underlying problem, which is high hydro-static pressure. The solution can be applied alongside other solutions for a better finish.
Epoxy and Polyurethane Injections
Epoxy and polyurethane injections are a great solution for repairing cracks in concrete foundations. Just like sealants, they keep the moisture out by filling up the spaces in the foundation walls. They are also a solution that doesn’t address the underlying cause of seepage. They should therefore never be used as a standalone solution for a leaking basement.
Interior Drain Tile
This basement waterproofing solution is popular among homeowners since it is cheaper than and not as intensive as exterior waterproofing.
It involves the installation of drain tile on the interior side of the foundation walls. Water is not prevented from entering the basement. It is instead guided by the drain to a well. The water collected in the well is then pumped out by a sump pump.
This method of waterproofing addresses the problem of high hydro-static pressure in areas with high water tables.
This method of waterproofing is intensive. It involves excavating the earth that surrounds the foundation. A waterproof membrane is installed against the wall to keep water out. Drain tile is also installed along the wall to guide water away from the foundation wall. This solution keeps water out while reducing hydro-static pressure against the wall.
We don’t recommend using the first two options and would recommend a solution using drain tile from the inside or outside; or a combination of both. For a free foundation inspection, fill out our free foundation inspection form on our page or call 678-741-2900.