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Mistakes to Avoid When Waterproofing Your Basement

There are a few techniques that can be used when waterproofing your basement. If your basement is damp there are a few things you should avoid to prevent further more expensive issues down the road. Honestly, it can happen to anyone. Your home is fine one minute and then the next time you look around it’s flooded. You probably didn’t remember to have it waterproofed before the rainy or snowy season. 

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Waterproofing is not only good to protect against flooding but it is also a way for you to add value to your home making it much more profitable when you do decide to sell it. It is something people think they can go without or keep putting off; that is until a major disaster happens. Protect your home and avoid making these mistakes when you waterproof your home. 

Mistakes To Avoid When Waterproofing

There are some mistakes that you want to avoid making when waterproofing your basement. Some of these can result in you having to spend a ton of money to get it repaired and redone. You should also consider hiring a waterproofing contractor to get the job done right. When you’re looking for a waterproofing contractor you should consider their services, you may need other work done in order to waterproof your home properly. If you choose to do it yourself you’ll benefit from knowing and avoiding the mistakes we have listed below.

  1. Depending Too Heavily Waterproofing Paint

Waterproofing paint is a great solution for waterproofing your basement. However, it’s not the only thing that you should be using. Depending on it too heavily especially for quick fixes can result in lime forming. This can cause the walls to crack and bubble. This is a big issue when it comes to concrete walls and floors. If the underlying issues aren’t addressed you’ll find that waterproofing paint will crack and peel off and you’ll find yourself having to do it over and over again. Don’t only rely on waterproofing paint make sure that you deal with any problems before you turn to it as a solution. 

  1. Draining A Flooded Basement Too Fast

If your basement is flooded your first thought will be to get rid of the water as quickly as possible. However, this may not be the best idea. If your basement is flooded from a storm, a dam breaking, or flooding from some other source there will be a lot of pressure from the outside. When you drain the water out there will be nothing inside to counterbalance this outside pressure. This means that your home can face more damage as the water tries to get into your home. When making the decision to waterproof your home after flooding you want to take your time with this step as you can create more damage and work for yourself. 

  1. Sealing Cold Joints

You may be tempted to fill in the gaps between your concrete floor and walls with some concrete or epoxy solution before you waterproof it. However, you should avoid doing this. Cold joints serve as a way for pressure to be released in the building’s foundation, sealing the cold joints can prevent the pressure from escaping and resulting in cracks forming in the floor and walls after the job is finished. This means you’ll have to go back and make repairs. 

  1. Not Allowing For Proper Drying Time

Before you start the waterproofing process you want to make sure that your basement is completely dry. If there were leaks or any other damages is important that you take care of those first. You don’t want to have a collapse if there is structural damage to the roof of the basement. Take care of any areas that show signs of water damage and make sure that it is done properly. This will make sure that your waterproofing can be done properly and will last you. 

  1. Not Taking Into Consideration the Soil Around The Home

The soil around your home may not be dense enough to prevent water from seeping through and being distributed to the floor and basement of your home. Waterproofing may not be enough in this cause. You should make sure that the water isn’t able to settle around your home. Create depressions for the water to run off and away from the home. You should also try to have your home on a slope that will also allow for the water to move away from the home and not settle into the soil around it. 

  1. Not Taking Into Account Runoff Points

If you find that there are parts of your home and basement that are constantly waterlogged this may be the result of water settling in a particular area. You should make the effort to go around your home and check for areas that water may not be running off away from the home as it should be. For example, if your gutters are clogged water will drain over the top, and only the side of the home causes it to settle and create issues. 

  1. Taking Too Long To Waterproof The Basement

The biggest mistake to avoid is taking too long to waterproof your basement. Waiting until after there are damages or issues can cause you more money in the long term. Deal with your basement and any other area of your home that needs waterproofing as soon as possible. You can do this during the construction of your home. Waiting too long may result in your waterproofing not being as solid as it can be as water damage can change the integrity of your home. To avoid this simply do it as soon as possible. This is definitely a case of “prevention is better than cure”.

Now that you know what to avoid you can better assess what’s needed in your home. Whether or not you’re working with a contractor or making the attempt yourself it’s good to know what to do and what not to do. A knowledgeable contractor will know these points and can help lead you in the right direction. It is the best though that you go into it with some knowledge as well. You’ll be better able to tell who is professional and who is to guess at what the best solution to waterproofing your basement is. Avoid these mistakes and save yourself time and money. 

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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