411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Replacement Windows and their Effect on Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Replacement windows are an ideal investment if you’re planning to enhance your home’s energy efficiency, resale value or even your...

on Oct 18, 2018

5 Small Upgrades that can Drastically Improve your Curb Appeal

First impressions matter. Whether you are going on a blind date or trying to sell your home, a strong first impression can make all the difference.

on Oct 15, 2018

How to Better Prepare for Bathroom Remodeling

There are so many things you can do – and projects you can try – to improve the bathrooms in your house. Renovating the bathroom is a...

on Oct 12, 2018

Should I Replace My AC If It Experiences a Refrigerant Leak?

A refrigerant leak is one of the most common issues of an air conditioning system. Freon or R22 is the predominant refrigerant used in almost all...

on Oct 10, 2018

6 Pro Tips for Cleaning PVC-U Windows

Cleaning windows is a chore that some homeowners do not look forward to doing since it can be a tedious, physically demanding task. However, if you...

on Oct 8, 2018

Basement Waterproofing: Exploring Your Options

by Kashif Raza on May 21, 2015

Every homeowner who has a basement should be aware of basement waterproofing options.  Why?  Every basement, whether in a new house or an old one, is susceptible to flooding.  By their very nature, basements are subject to the flow of water caused by heavy rainfall or melting snow. Additionally, flooding can occur from inside the house as a result of things like burst or leaky pipes.  Whatever the cause, water in the basement can wreak havoc on your home, both in terms of causing structural damage and in fostering the growth of dangerous mold and mildew in the basement.  That can cause serious health issues for your family. 

Here’s the good news:  There are lots of options when it comes to protecting your basement from water damage.  It’s always best to fortify your basement against water leaks before a flood strikes instead of trying to incorporate waterproofing into your post-flood recovery methods, but realistically that’s not always possible. 

When it comes time to waterproof your basement, there are three basic methods you can use:  internal sealants, interior water drainage methods and external waterproofing procedures.  Each method brings with it benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to get informed before hiring a contractor to waterproof your basement. 

Interior Sealants

Although not strictly a waterproof material, basement sealants are a great stop-gap measure that you can use until you can permanently address the issue with one of the other methods.  Sealants are designed to reduce the amount of humidity in the air in your basement.  In doing so, the sealant keeps the humidity (moisture) from being absorbed from the air into the walls and floors of the basement and eventually leaching to other areas of the house.

Water Drainage

Interior water drainage isn’t technically a waterproofing method either.  Instead, it is a method of dealing with basement moisture by redirecting water from the basement out through the foundation and out through the basement floor.  Sump pumps are inherently designed to do this, so if you have one in your house you can remove excess water yourself.  If you are going to do this, however, it’s always wise to have a backup drainage method in case of power outage or malfunction of the pump itself.

Exterior Waterproofing

This is one of the other ways to truly waterproof your basement.  It is recognized in the building industry as the best way to truly ensure that water is not allowed to seep into your basement and cause water damage.  Through exterior waterproofing, a sheet or membrane of plastic or vinyl is used to waterproof the walls.  These materials are very strong and long-lasting, which is one of the reasons this method of waterproofing is so preferred in the industry.

It is absolutely imperative that you ensure your home’s basement is fortified against floods and other forms of water damage.  Otherwise, you could end up having not only structural problems in your home but also the growth of dangerous mold spores, which can become airborne and cause respiratory and skin problems for your family members.  Contact a reputable waterproofing contractor today to further explore your options for waterproofing your basement.

Author

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

6 Things You Need to Know About Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets

If you want to get a custom look in your kitchen, you can do it affordably by purchasing unfinished kitchen cabinets. These types of cabinets come...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

The Advantages of a Custom Made Greenhouse

A greenhouse can make a fantastic addition to your garden, especially in winter when it starts getting frosty and your fruit and veg simply can’t...

Garden / Landscaping / Patio

Bathroom Ceramics

When you first walk into someone’s bathroom, what are you immediately struck by? If they’ve fitted their toilet in the wrong place, then you might...

Kitchen / Bathrooms

How a Leather Sofa Redefines your Home?

Leather sofa is one of the most demanded products when you think of leather upholstery. It is undoubtedly one of the most expensive interiors that...

Bedroom / Furnishings

5 Reasons to Install a New Garage Door

Replacing your garage door is a significant decision. Depending on what way your home faces on the street, you might want to change the door in...

Doors / Garages

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2018