More than 98 percent of homes experience an issue with excess water in the basement at some point. Preventing this issue from being an ongoing concern involves basement waterproofing. Waterproofing rectifies the cause of the water collection while also creating a barrier around your basement, to further reduce the chance of a future concern. Given its enormous benefits, some homeowners either shy away or don't perform this process correctly due to myths. Make sure you can discern fact from fiction.
Waterproof Paint Is A Solve All
Make sure you understand that waterproof paint is only a single component of a basement waterproofing system. It is not meant to be used alone, as a long-term solution should come in the form of a multi-dimensional approach.
Yes, the paint will drastically reduce the amount of moisture that is able to penetrate into the basement, but it doesn't correct the issue that is actually causing the water to collect around your home in the first place. If you don't correct the source of the problem, water will continue to settle within the wall, causing the effectiveness of the waterproof paint to diminish prematurely.
My Foundation Has To Be Dug Up
There is an idea that basement waterproofing has to revolve around the foundation. This causes some to believe the process requires their foundation to be dug up, leading to extended repair times and higher costs. All waterproofing efforts don't have to focus on the foundation.
For instance, repairing a leaking drain spout that's funneling water from the roof, near the foundation, could be the solution. The problem with water in the basement could also be a malfunctioning sump pump. The point is that there are multiple approaches to waterproofing that might not have anything to do with your foundation.
Cracks Must Be Addressed From The Outside
A common reason for basement water issues is a crack in the foundation. Cracks can result for a number of reasons, including poor construction, soil concerns and an aged foundation. When dealing with this issue, it can sometimes seem overwhelming because it is thought that this process also involves having to do extensive work on the exterior of a foundation.
This is untrue. A skilled professional can address the crack from the inside of your basement. This process generally involves injecting the crack with a sealant that is designed to expand upon contact with the foundation to create a waterproof barrier.
When it comes to looking past myths, a trained waterproofing professional will be your greatest resource. A waterproofing professional can assess your home to come up with the best long-term solution.