The basement in your home may be a great place to add a family room or another bedroom, but if you have problems with water seeping in when it rains or while the winter snow is melting, it can be difficult to use that area of the home. Waterproofing the basement is not overly difficult and there are some things you can do to help stop the water from ever getting near the walls, as well.
Waterproofing the walls from inside the basement basically means cleaning the concrete and painting the walls with a paint that has a sealer in it. The paint will not allow water that is seeping through the walls to get into the room, but it does not stop the water from getting into the concrete.
Water seeping into the concrete will damage it over time. Since the basement walls are also the foundation of the home, this could lead to costly repairs down the road. If the water is very minimal, interior waterproofing can work for you. To protect the foundation, it is a good idea to seal the walls outside, as well.
Before you can waterproof the exterior basement walls, the foundation needs to be exposed. The best way to do that is to hire a contractor that has a crew and the right equipment to remove the soil around the foundation. Once the soil is out of the way, the crew can clean the concrete and check it for water damage or cracks.
The exterior of the foundation is then painted in a waterproofing material that starts at the bottom and extends all the way to just about the soil line. After the coating cures, the crew will backfill around the foundation walls, making sure the soil is compacted so it does not sink later.
Water Prevention Tips
Even after you waterproof the foundation, it is a good idea to take a look at your home from the outside. Check the ground for areas where water is running off the roof and check the gutters to make sure they are not leaking. If the downspouts empty near the home's foundation, extend them out away from the house so the water can nor work its way down around the foundation of the house.
If you have a lot of runoff around the property, you could ask the contractor about adding a drain system near the house before they backfill it to help carry the water away before it can do any damage.
Contact a basement waterproofing contractor for more help.