Proven Waterproofing Systems That Can Help Waterproof Your Home
Basements usually leak because water collects around your home’s foundation. That accumulation of moisture could cause a hydrostatic pressure buildup that could force water through cracks. Usually along joints where the walls and the floor meet. You should always remember that basement floors rarely leak unless cracks are present. Here are several kinds of basement waterproofing systems you could use as possible and effective solutions to basement leaking hassles in your home.
Hollow baseboard molding – This hollow, PVC-baseboard that is glued using waterproof epoxy across that joint where walls meet the floor. A hollow channel is created by this baseboard which collects seeping water through several weep holes. The accumulated moisture is sent into a sump pump. This system could be less costly compared to several other types of waterproofing systems for your basement.
Sump pumps – These pumps collect water (building up around the building foundation) through pipes under the basement. The pipes are connected to perforations in a sump pump well. Sump pump systems usually rely on hydrostatic pressure buildup to force the water into the sump pump well. The system is generally limited in the coverage area. For large basements, you might need several sump pump systems.
French drain system – The system is buried within leaking perimeter walls underneath the basement floor. This drain system consists of perforated plastic pipes that are connected to a sump pump. To prevent the creation of weep holes that could collect water seepage, pipes are strategically covered with an adequate amount of cement.
Interior sealants – This system involves the application of water sealant spread across interior floors and walls of any basement. Interior sealants help control and prevent dampness, which is often causes mildew and mold problems. Good waterproofing sealants are usually used as support to hollow baseboard molding, sump pump, and French drain systems.
Dehumidifiers – These bring additional support for sealants in your interior wall. They help control the accumulation of moisture and dampness in any type of basement. However, dehumidifiers are not recommended for basements with water leakage problems arising from cracks in walls.
Ventilation system – At times, the leaking problem could be caused by condensation arising from poor ventilation of a basement. If such is the problem, it is best to simply install a reliable basement ventilation system that could effectively correct this kind of problem.
Finally, always remember that basement waterproofing is very important because that part of your home serves as the basic foundation that is supporting your structure. You should always make sure that part of your home is properly designed and is equipped with the appropriate basement waterproofing system.
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