The Truth About Waterproofing Paints
We see it all the time: customers are hoping to save money with their basement waterproofing needs, so they opt for more do-it-yourself options instead of hiring a professional. At first glance, it seems like a great idea, especially after you learn about some of the valuable tools out there to use, including waterproofing paint. But we’re here to set the record straight:
Waterproofing paints do not waterproof your home. Not even close!
If you think that by simply applying a few layers of this paint to the walls in your basement will do the trick, you’re quite mistaken. Think of waterproofing paint like cold medicine. Cold medicine doesn’t cure your cold; instead, it takes away some of the symptoms. The same with waterproofing paint: it will help make some of the symptoms go away, but it won’t take care of the bigger, and much more real, problem.
Waterproofing paints can, however, still be a benefit to a basement that has been waterproofed. If you’re looking to add a little extra barrier to keep your space extra dry, these are some of the benefits that waterproofing paint can provide.
Acting As A Vapor Barrier
Although it won’t protect you against large amounts of water, waterproofing paints can serve as an effective vapor barrier. This is, in fact, the main benefit to using this type of paint. This means that any moisture will have a much harder time diffusing into your basement. Incredibly porous materials, like concrete, can benefit from a layer of waterproofing paint, since you may see seepage even just during heavy rains. A layer of waterproofing paint can prevent this.
Preventing Mold And Mildew
Mold doesn’t just look ugly, it can also cause serious structural damage and health issues. If you don’t properly waterproof your basement, water will make its way into your wall and the studs or insulation and form unsightly mold. This can be quite a nasty thing to remove, so taking any preventative measures is worth your while.
Preventing Minor Seepage
Of course, if you have severe rainstorms and lots of flooding, no amount of waterproofing paint will help. But for small amounts that try to sneak in through cracks and porous areas, it can add an extra layer of protection.
So will waterproofing paint alone do the job for waterproofing your basement? Definitely not! It’s an extra preventative measure that can help, but it should by no means be the primary way you protect your home. The most effective way to waterproof your basement is to hire a professional like AA Action Waterproofing. Learn more about our services and how we can help keep your home safe and dry.