Basement Waterproofing Facts


Dealing with a Wet, Leaky, Damp Basement?

Foundation showing signs of cracking?

Does your basement always feel damp and have a musty smell?

The answer to these problems is almost always a basement waterproofing system and better drainage.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of mis-information about waterproofing out there. Many “DIY” sites would have you believe that a bucket of waterproofing paint can stop the tens of thousands of pounds of pressure that cause your foundation or basement walls to crack and leak… Usually with a nice ad for that waterproofing paint right in the article.

 

What Causes Basement Water Problems?

Water gets into the basement in three ways; leakage, seepage and condensation. Seepage and

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condensation usually lead to wet floors and walls in the basement. Leakage, on the other hand, can lead to flooding and structural problems. Water gets in, typically, as a result of both poor drainage in the soil around the home and in the draining system of the basement itself.

This can sometimes be corrected by regrading the home so that the ground slopes away from the home. And, downspouts should be made to drain water far away from the foundation of the home. However, many times, simple solutions such as regrading and down spout placement just don’t work.

They simply aren’t enough to deal with the high amounts of rain and flooding that can occur in a rain storm (as many home owners effected by Hurricane Sandy in the NJ, Philadelphia and Delaware areas will attest).

 

Basement Waterproofing Facts

Waterproofing systems can help these problems. But, they need to be done right and done professionally.

  • It’s a horrible myth that waterproofing paint is good enough to fix major flooding! Big time leakage through the basement walls and floor is best corrected from the outside.

 

  • The ground around your home needs to be excavated and re-tamped. And, it usually must have better soil added, removing as much of the clay as possible (clay is horrid when it comes to drainage).

 

  • Often, there must be new braces put in place to help withstand the pressure put on the outer basement walls from the outside. This will help keep the structure from cracking and allowing water to get in. When you can keep water out, you keep mold and structural problems at bay.

 

Why is there so much pressure on the walls? Because clay soils hold water and it doesn’t take a ton of water to cause problems!

  • One inch of rain on a one acre of ground equates to roughly 27,700 gallons of water! One inch of rain on a 1/4 acre plot is around 7,000 gallons.
  • One inch of rain in a normal size window well is almost 4 gallons of water.
  • One inch of rain on a 36 x 24 house roof with a 25% pitch is around 700 gallons of water…as you can see, it doesn’t take a whole lot of rain to cause major damages in your basement and foundation.

 

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