Interior vs. Exterior Basement Waterproofing

When a homeowner is faced with water issues in their basements, there are many questions that begin to take place in the homeowners’ mind.  Is the sump pump working? Can I salvage anything? How long will it take me to dry out the basement? Can I waterproof the basement myself?

Depending on the problem in a basement, every homeowner should contact a qualified professional before attempting to waterproof the basement themselves, but also to learn the options available to them, the pros and cons of a particular method, and pricing.

There are many available options when waterproofing the basement of your home. Interior basement waterproofing is one of these options.

When is it advisable for you to adopt this option? 

When the walls of your basement are dry and the water seeping is coming from where the floor meets the wall, the only solution to fix this problem is an interior basement waterproofing system.  A basement waterproofing company can install a “channel” drain system on top of the floor that will take the water to a draining point and out of your basement. As with all systems, installing a “channel” drain system comes with its issues as well. Water sits on the trough till there is enough water to begin moving and taking it to a drain point, but on the bright side, this solution can be much cheaper than other systems since it requires less labor and trenching to install.

When Is it necessary to dig around the foundation of your home?

In older homes, it is common to find problems in the basement.  From water sitting on the floor, foundation issues or structural damage, a homeowner can find himself with issues that can be very expensive if not taking them seriously.

Wet basement walls high or at ground level can be an indicator water is running down the basement walls, or water deposits high or on the middle of the walls.  The “white” deposits you see on the basement walls are a big indicator of water from the exterior is finding a way into the interior of your home.  If the drainage outside your home is not taking the rainwater away from the foundation, or the original seal on the exterior of your home has deteriorated, water is finding a way to the inside and an exterior basement waterproofing job might be the only and best option for your home.

There are many waterproofing companies around your home, but if you are looking to waterproof your basement you need to contact different companies that have a good reputation before making a decision. Compare the solutions they give you as well as the prices.  Hiring a company to waterproof the basement of your home usually requires diligence.  New companies will promise you a lifetime warranty for the work they do at your home, then go out of business within a few years.  Hiring a company with a long history in the community is not only advisable but perhaps your only alternative.