Interior And Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Whether you are best served by interior or exterior basement waterproofing depends largely on your unique situation. Your location as well as the type of home you live in are both factors in determining whether you require interior or exterior basement waterproofing. Each waterproofing option has its pros and cons, of course. In the end, the type of waterproofing that works best for you will be decided by the type of problem you are experiencing. Cost may also be a factor, as interior waterproofing is often more affordable than exterior waterproofing.
Are you dealing with cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, or in your basement walls and floor? Regardless of whether you’re a candidate for interior or exterior waterproofing, these cracks and holes will need to be repaired before your waterproofing can proceed. Even tiny holes and hairline cracks in your foundation or basement walls and floor can be signs of a serious underlying issue, one that can end up costing you thousands in repairs if not addressed in time.
Once any holes and cracks in your home’s foundation or basement concrete are repaired, you have a variety of basement waterproofing options, both exterior and interior.
1. Skin Shielding. The method known as skin shielding is only used in exterior basement waterproofing. Basically, a “skin” is applied over your exterior basement wall after a special waterproofing paint has been applied. This rubberized skin, which has a honeycomb design, serves as a moisture barrier on your outer basement walls.
2. Water Drainage. An important part of any basement waterproofing job, water drainage is what keeps your basement dry. There are a variety of ways to install exterior drainage systems. Even simple pipes and downspouts can do the trick in some cases. Trenches around your home’s foundation are another option to keep water away from your home’s foundation and out of your basement.
3. Water Sock. Another popular exterior drainage option, a water sock is a round piece of absorbent material that is wrapped in a mesh. To install a water sock, the home is excavated around the base and a trench is dug and filled with an inch of sand. The water sock is set in the sand and filled will gravel. When it rains, the water filters through the gravel and is caught in the water sock. Over time, it is slowly released back into the ground with no damage to your home’s foundation.
To discuss your exterior and interior basement waterproofing options, contact AA Action Waterproofing for friendly, expert, affordable service.