Water leaking into your basement can lead to many issues. For example, it can lead to structural weakness could occur or damp drywall and wood could easily lead to mold. All these issues cost time, energy and money to fix. Why not takes steps to keep the issues from developing in the first place. Waterproofing your basement is the best method of prevention.
How is Basement Waterproofing Done?
In order to waterproof a basement, a number of methods can be used. First, a professional may determine it necessary to dig around the perimeter and check and fill any cracks. Then, a sealant is applied to exterior walls. After that, drainage tiles, gravel/crushed stone drains, or perforated pipe can be installed around the area to be protected. Finally, a drainage mat and waterproofing membrane are added.
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Undoubtedly, the experts at Complete Detail understand the importance of having a basement clean and dry. Therefore, we are here to make that happen in a smooth and timely manner. Without a doubt, our number one priority is the satisfaction of our customers. Please, take a look at what other Complete Detail customers have said about their experience with us. Honestly, our 5 star ratings speak for themselves! Call us today with any questions or concerns you may have. We are reachable at (937) 507-2927. We are happy to help anyway we can!
Interior Vs Exterior Waterproofing- Which Do You Need?
In order to fully answer this question, let us first consider what interior and exterior waterproofing each involve. First, interior “waterproofing” is more accurately identified as water management. Basically, interior waterproofing averts water away from the basement using a weeping tile system. On the other hand, exterior waterproofing involves exposing the wall of your foundation. After that, it is inspected and cleaned. Then, the walls are sealed, and new drainage is placed. The benefit to exterior waterproofing is it ensures the life of the foundation. It also keeps water from coming inside in addition to protecting it from frost and erosion. Unlike interior sealing, exterior waterproofing allows large gaps and cracks to be repaired. This sealant also is very flexible, so it moves with the wall, and prevents future leaks. However, since more work is involved, it is more expensive than interior waterproofing.
Homeowners who are worried about upsetting the landscaping or appearance of their exterior usually choose interior waterproofing. Usually, it is used to temporarily manage small basement leaks. It is also a good solution when you are unable to excavate the foundation of your home. However, it is usually best to perform an exterior waterproofing. The solution is permanent so many customers gravitate toward this option.
Can You Waterproof a Basement by Yourself?
We aren’t here to tell you it’s not possible. Many people have waterproofed their basements themselves. However, they make common mistakes that lead to wasting time (on a job not done well) and money on supplies wasted. For example, they overlook roof water runoff, buying cheap waterproofing paint and other supplies, and not understanding where to place the seal. It is much easier and more cost effective to have a professional come to your home and do it for you. Plus, if there are any mistakes, guess who must come back and fix it? Choose a company who stands behind their work and leaves customers satisfied with results. Complete Detail is here to help!
How Much Does Basement Waterproofing Cost?
The cost, like most things, depends on your specific situation. The average cost to waterproof a basement will be anywhere from $1,920 to $6,320. Some companies charge between $3 and $9 per square foot. If you have large extensive repairs with drainage and foundation issues you may pay around $10,000 or more. Take a look at some of the average prices:
- National Average Cost: $4,118
- Maximum Cost: $20,000
- Minimum Cost: $250
If you still have questions regarding the cost of your basement, please call (937) 507-2927 for more information!
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The Basic Waterproofing Methods
Interior Weeping Tile– When water gets into a basement, it is because it has nowhere else to go. Therefore, one way to deal with it is by diverting the water somewhere else. This is the purpose of weeping tile. Water pressure is applied against floor and walls and if it can’t seep through, it will pool at the bottom of the walls and seep through the inside surface. So, weeping tile doesn’t technically count as “waterproofing”, but it works to control water flow, and channels it away. Typically, weeping tile is covered with gravel before concrete is poured. Then, a sump pump is placed at the lowest point to remove the water and carry it away.
Exterior Excavation– Most opt for this waterproofing option, because it keeps water out rather than just controlling it. First, the bottom of the home’s foundation is excavated, the proper drainage system installed (that’s why having a professional is so great), and a waterproofing membrane is topped with drainage panels. In the end, water is moved away from the foundation with a sump pump or gravity. Water can be removed through a storm drain, dry well, drainage ditch or just a low-lying area in your property.
Crack Injection– Like the weeping tile option, crack injection just controls water flow and technically doesn’t waterproof your basement. Many homeowners like this option because it’s inexpensive. However, it is more of a temporary solution seeing that it won’t get to the root of the problem. However, water will keep trying to find a way into your basement and will eventually find one. So, the downside of crack injection is you will have to eventually do it again or take more extreme waterproofing methods.
Benefits to Waterproofing a Basement
It’s true, waterproofing a basement is expensive and it takes time. So, why is it so important? To better understand, lets take a moment to think about what can happen if you don’t get your basement waterproofed. If you have any standing water it can lead to mold, and will need remediation, which can be expensive. If you ever sell your home in the future, a home inspector will warn the potential buyers of any visible damage. You may not be able to sell the home until you waterproof the basement. If so, you’ll be paying out of pocket for an expensive job you should have handled a long time ago. Basically, its best to take care of it as soon as possible.
Eliminate the Chance of Black Mold Growth with Basement Waterproofing
Usually, any type of mold in a home can cause serious health issues. This is especially true if you suffer from any respiratory illness. However, the basement is especially prone to growth. This is because of the chief conditions for its growth present in either an unfinished or a finished basement. However, any area that has a high moisture content, poor ventilation, and is dark can be a breeding ground for mold. Since the basement is often the part of a home that goes unkempt, mold can grow for a longer period without anyone noticing it’s there. Therefore, it is important to regularly inspect a basement for mold specifically.
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