Interior or Exterior Basement Waterproofing? Which one is the right one for you?

Northeast Ohio has seen an inordinate amount of rain this year.  Foliage is beautiful and green, the trees and plants are loving the rain and so is the earth.  Your basement, on the other hand, might not be so happy.  An excessive amount of rain might not be beneficial to you or your home, especially if you have issues with water in the past.

Is my basement flooded? After a heavy rain day, this is one of the first questions many homeowners ask. Water sitting on the floor of the basement is a truly unwelcoming sight.  It means the basement has issues that you need to address right away.

Do you know whether you have a basement flooding or a seepage?  Many homeowners need to differentiate between the two.  If after heavy rains your basement has several inches of water, then your basement is flooded. If there is no rain and you wake up to a basement with several inches of water, then you might have a backed up sewage line or a broken pipe.

Seepage, on the other hand, is a fact of life for many homeowners with a basement.  The older the home, the more chances of having a wet, humid and problematic basement.

Calling an expert will probably clarify your conundrum, but for many important reasons, you need to know which one is which.

Installing interior basement waterproofing solutions in the home would prevent basement flooding, but will not stop the water from entering the basement.  Installing a Sump Pump, or an interior draining solution takes care of the water once is in the basement of the home and will prevent the flooding, but will not solve the real problem.

Exterior basement waterproofing is the only true solution to stop water from entering your home, and to stop the damage water is causing to the structural integrity of the foundation.

For a true exterior basement waterproofing job, the company you hire begins a series of steps that will ensure your basement will be waterproofed for many years to come.

  1. Excavation. Excavating the basement walls to the bottom will ensure they are waterproofing from the footer and will do the job well.
  2. They will inspect the integrity of the foundation to make sure there are no cracks or other visible damage
  3. When the cracks or other issues with the foundation are addressed, they will apply a sealant to the foundation.
  4. Then, to guarantee a dry foundation wall, the company will apply a waterproofing membrane that will result in a dry basement for your home for many years to come.

It is true that there are many Ohio basement waterproofing companies that can do the job.  But, there are not many basement waterproofing companies that will do the job well. 

Pioneer Basement Waterproofing Solutions has a long history of excellent customer service and excellent customer satisfaction in the community since 1979. There aren’t many companies that can say the same thing.  Call us for a hassle-free quote for your basement needs.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions

Northeast Ohio spring and winter weather can play havoc with your basement.  If you have a problem with leaks, the snow and early spring showers can let you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of water you can find on the basement floor.

The ramifications of a wet and leaky basement are many.  From health related issues to structural damage, a wet basement is a hazard to your health and to your home. The good news is that there are many options to fix the problem in the basement of your home and there are many reputable contractors that can fix the problem.

Some of the solutions to a dry basement include:

  • Installing an interior draining system
  • Installing a sump pump
  • Installing a basement waterproofing membrane to the outside of your home
  • Cleaning the gutters of your home yearly
  • Fixing downspouts and making sure they are draining away from the foundation

By fixing the leaks, either by sealing the cracks and walls or by installing a drainage system in the basement, waterproofing the basement of your home is best done sooner than later.

How can you tell that you need to waterproof your basement?

Many of the tell-tell signs that you have a problem with humidity in the basement are many and you need to be vigilant to see if the humidity is coming from the inside or the outside of your home.

  • Water accumulation on the basement floor
  • Water damage where the wall meets the floor
  • Visible salty deposits on the walls of the basement or where the wall meets the floor
  • Warped or rotten wood
  • Rust on metal ( If you have appliances in the basement, check for rust at the base of them)
  • If you have flooring in the basement, check it to see if it is damp or shows signs of being wet

Many of the problems in the basement begin with slow leaks that can take months or even years to detect.  The damage can slowly rot the wood, destabilize the foundation or damage the items you have in storage there.

Before you decide to wait and fix the problem later, call a reputable contractor to fix the problem now.  They will work with you and offer you options and finance if they have it available.  Many cities across Ohio offer US grants for the upkeep of your home if you need assistance.  Check them out at https://www.hud.gov/states/ohio/homeownership/entitlement