Basement waterproofing prevents water from entering your waterproofed basement and damaging your home’s foundation. Contractors use sealants and other methods to keep your basement dry and damage-free. But when your basement leaks despite waterproofing, it can lead to disastrous consequences. You can avoid such problems by paying attention to the common pitfalls during the waterproofing process.
Here are seven waterproofed basement mistakes and how to avoid them:
Over-reliance on waterproofing paint
Many homeowners try to find a quick fix to their leaking basement by applying a coat of waterproof paint. However, it can lead to a build-up of lime on your walls over time, and as a result, the paint begins to peel off, rendering waste your time, effort, and money.
Draining flooded basements too quickly
When your basement is flooded with water, the first thought is to clear it immediately. However, doing so without proper caution can be catastrophic. If the reason for the flooding is a collapsed river or lake, the accumulated water outside will re-flood the basement. It will also increase the water pressure on the walls and the foundation, which can cause further damage.
Lack of proper drying time
Before you waterproof your basement, make sure that you dry it entirely, leaving no trace of moisture. You must also remove the damaged walls or flooring before you waterproof your basement.
Not checking the soil around the foundation
Your topsoil absorbs water from the surface and transmits it to your basement. Therefore, make sure that the topsoil surrounding your basement has an upward slope to move water away from your home.
Overlooking runoff locations
If you notice that a particular area is frequently waterlogged, the chances are that the area outside is experiencing water runoff from roofs. You need to resolve this issue before waterproofing the basement. Ensure that the gutters are correctly installed and the runoff is directed at least 8 feet away from your home’s foundation.
Sealing cold joints
Most people believe that sealing away the cold joint with concrete can prevent the water from entering the basement. On the contrary, it worsens the problem as cold joints act as a pressure release. Sealing them away damages the entire structure of your foundation.
Ignoring the problems for too long
Avoiding basement problems for too long is not a good idea. You may save some time and effort in the short term, but it may lead to severe consequences in the future. The longer you wait, the further damage it will cause to your basement and your home’s foundation. Get your basement waterproofed at the earliest sign of trouble.
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