3 types of basement waterproofing systems

When it comes to waterproofing your basement, there are 3 systems that can be used to repair the basement of your property. You can talk to your basement repair company to find out the most suitable method.

Basement tanking system

This is a traditional method of waterproofing the basement. Basement tanking involves placing a waterproof lender like waterproof cement on internal walls to create a tank around the cellar or basement with the aim of preventing water from penetrating. The render offer a seamless and smooth wall surface which not only looks good but also help to control moisture. Since this is a traditional form of basement waterproofing, it has its fair share of problems particularly if you live in an area that is susceptible to vibration or ground movement. However, we cannot deny the fact that this can be the right solution for use in certain areas.

Exterior sealants

Exterior sealants can also be used to prevent ground water from getting to the basement walls. They are also effective for preventing molds as well as other damages that are common in a wet basement areas. Exterior basement waterproofing is the most recommended method of preventing damage by water. The exterior sealants were formerly made of asphalt but are now commonly made of polymer base. This material is not only long lasting but can also live for the entire life of the building. Other exterior sealants can last for a period of 20 years. It will not be necessary to add anything to the exterior sealant. This should be applied during the construction of the house especially if you live in an area that is prone to heavy rains, flooding or hurricanes.

Exterior sealants are commonly used to protect the foundations of structures that are under construction. In the recent past, there has been an evolution of the exterior basement waterproofing and today it can combine the use of an exterior membrane on the external underground foundation or wall together with a French drain.  This method can be effective in construction projects but is not suitable for use as a retrofit remedy since it doesn’t involve exterior excavation to the foundation’s bottom. Also, there are certain kinds of French drains that can become clogged as a result of the ingress of the surrounding soil and slit.

Internal basement waterproofing

This is one of the most modern waterproofing a basement methods. It involves water management rather than the use of a physical barrier to prevent the effects of ground water. Instead of using a membrane or barrier to prevent water pressure buildup, the method allows water to get into the property and membranes and basement drainage systems can be used. Water is then removed efficiently and safely using a sump pump to ensure that the cellar or basement remains dry. This method doesn’t require any external excavation and removes the risk of building of ground water pressure that can cause the failure of the physical barrier. The method is also not only easy to install but it is also cost effective.

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