What is the Best Way to Waterproof a Basement?

by | Aug 27, 2018 | Basement

A leak in your basement can lead to home damage and produce mold and mildew. So, when a leak becomes full-fledged flooding, trouble has arrived! All areas are susceptible to flooding, but FEMA reports that “the average home in a Special Flood Hazard Area has a 26 percent higher chance of being flooded over the life of a 30-year mortgage compared to a 9 percent chance of a fire.”

Of course, even if you never experience flooding, you still need to be prepared because water can get into a basement in several different ways. Drainage systems and sewer lines can back up, leading to excess water. Cracks in the walls, floors, windows, or doors can also let water seep in. Severe weather, such as heavy rainfall or melting snow, can increase leaks and flooding, which weakens the ground beneath your foundation. This can lead to a sinking foundation, bowing basement walls, or other structural damage. Plus, basement floor leaks breed mold — which is a health hazard as much as it is a building issue.

Before taking measures to waterproof a basement, make sure that you don’t have any foundation issues that would lead to an increased chance of flooding. It’s important to check your gutters to make sure that they’re free of any debris, and the soil next to your home should always be angled away from the house to keep water moving. To ensure that your drainage system is working correctly, you need to clean and check your sump pump battery regularly.

If you’ve gone through the above home checks and are ready to waterproof your basement, you’ve come to the right place! At Acculevel, it’s our business to prevent water intrusion and damage. Following are some of the top ways to waterproof a basement:

  • A water tunnel relieves hydraulic pressure surrounding a home’s foundation.

  • A Geo-Channel system on the foundation footing can direct water away from the floor and walls.

  • Encapsulation offers a durable, professional-grade liner that keeps your basement floor clean and dry.

  • Mold remediation can prevent the growth of mold, mildew, fungi, and other bacteria and protect surfaces with a waterproof coating.

So, which solution is best? It depends on your basement! The structure or layout of your home may make it easier to use an interior waterproofing method, while another home in a Special Flood Hazard Area may require all the necessary precautions including implementing several waterproofing solutions. The goal is to prevent any possible basement floor leaks and other water-related issues to maintain your home value and comfort.

Acculevel offers free inspections and estimates to figure out the best solution for your basement. We’ve been in the basement improvement and foundation repair business since 1996, and we can help you get to the root of any problem. To learn more about waterproofing your basement, and to speak with the experts at Acculevel about the right method for your home, contact us here. 

Over her twenty year career, Kelly has worked in a wide variety of fields: secondary education, nursing, biology, elder care, the postal service, multicultural development, and academia. She has developed a skill for translating industry-specific jargon into everyday language. Her goal is to share the knowledge and experience of the Acculevel team with homeowners, in a way that is both engaging and informative.

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