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Buying An Old House? Make Sure You Waterproof The Basement Before You Move In

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An older home can have character and may be built better than many homes today. There may still be things you need to do to the home, however. One of these things is basement waterproofing. To help you, below is information about what happens if a basement is not waterproofed, as well as different waterproofing methods available to you.

Problems Not Waterproofing the Basement Will Cause

If the home you purchased is built below ground level, you need to ensure the basement is waterproofed. This is especially important if you live in an area that receives a lot of rain as the water will build up next to the foundation causing unstable soil. Soil is important as it helps support the foundation of the home.

Once water gets in the soil this causes pressure to build up on the walls and underneath the basement floors. Water can then easily get in through any kind of openings, such as cracks.

Once water gets in it will cause structural damage leading to expensive repairs. This will also cause mold and mildew to grow on the walls and flooring. Mold and mildew can be dangerous as they produce spores that get into the air. You can then breathe in these spores if you go in the basement, causing health problems. Black mold is especially dangerous as it is toxic. This type of mold is black and builds up in damp, warm areas, such as near a furnace.

Waterproofing Methods Available

One waterproofing method is putting a sealant on interior floors and walls. This will cover all cracks or any other entry points for water to get in. The sealant is made of an epoxy material and is a strong adhesive. The waterproofing company uses a special machine that creates high pressure to place the adhesive on the walls and floor.

Another waterproofing method is installing an interior water drain. With this, the waterproofing contractor will dig a trench around the foundation footers. The contractor will have to dig deep to gain access to these footers. A PVC pipe or a French drain is installed in the trench. Once installed the contractor will pour cement over the drain to keep it in place.

The drainage system will collect all water and the water then drains into a sump pump. This sump pump is installed inside your basement. Once the water is collected, the pump pumps the water out of your basement. Installing a drainage system along with an interior sealant will provide you with complete protection from water.

Talk to a basement waterproofing company to learn much more about these and other waterproofing methods.


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