Basement Waterproofing Options
Keep your home dry and fix any leaks you already might have with these tips for waterproofing a basement.
Waterproofing a basement requires more than simply patching up trouble spots. Instead, it's important to not only locate the sources of the leak, but also to check for problems in the foundation of the home and prevent future leaks.
AFTER: Guest Suite Fireplace
As seen on HGTV's Elbow Room, this basement was renovated by licensed contractor Chip Wade to include a new guest suite for visitors, home beer-brewing area and entertaining space for the whole family. This is the suite's modern lounging area with a deep fireplace. The space has clean, modern feel that is warmed up by the wood accent walls.
Before: Under the Stairs
As seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover, the basement of this home was damaged during a flood, making it unsafe. It was partly gutted and used for storage. This space needs a full overhaul.
If you are already dealing with wetness in your basement, then start by locating the source of the moisture. This is best done by taping a piece of foil to the inside of the foundation wall. Let it sit for several days, then remove the foil to see if the wall or room side of the foil is wet. Both sides may have retained moisture and that means the problem lies on the inside and outside of the foundation.
If you notice moisture on the wall side of the foil, then it means the problem is making its way through the foundation. You may need to consult an expert about making exterior gutter and downspout repairs.
Interior basement waterproofing requires filling gaps with cement and sealing trouble spots with waterproof masonry paint. This will help to ensure basement waterproofing and prevent future problems.
See also: Preventing Basement Moisture
- Damp, Wet Basement Causes and Solutions
- Water In the Basement: Causes and Solutions for Flooded Basements
- Basement Waterproofing Costs
- Basement Waterproofing Products and Systems
- Waterproofing Basement and Crawlspace Foundations
- French Drains for Basements
- High-Fashion Entertainment Room
- Basement Design and Layout
- Basement Systems Check
- Ideas for Basement Rooms
- Before You Hire a Basement Pro
- Pet-Friendly Basement Inspires