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Basement Waterproofing

Any of you who have ever spent time in a home with a basement knows that basements can be prone to flooding during heavy rains or when snow starts to melt in the Spring. Basement waterproofing is something that you need to take a serious look at. There is the potential for water damage if you don’t make some preparations before there is a problem.


After you have had a leak, the first step in waterproofing the basement is to figure out where the source of the leak is. Internal and external waterproofing techniques are similar, but they are not identical. If you have problems with the structural integrity of your basement, your waterproofing options are different than if you are dealing with pipe leaks or internal problems.


In order to make sure that leaks and water do not damage your home and your belongings, you have three basic types of waterproofing to choose from: exterior waterproofing, interior water drainage, and interior sealants.


The most effective method of waterproofing your basement is to use external basement waterproofing. This method is the only method that is recognized by the International Building Code as being good enough to keep water intrusion from causing major structural damage to your home. This method is performed by using polymers. These are membranes which are used to waterproof the walls and are your best option due to the fact that these membranes can last for thousands of years.


Internal water drainage is not technically considered to be a waterproofing method, but since it used to deal with water in basements, it is considered to be a method for waterproofing. With this method, the drainage system will drain the water away from the foundation footers and from below the surface of the floor. This can be done by using sump pumps. You need to ensure that the pumps will continue to work in the event of a power failure or if the pump fails.


Interior sealants are not the best basement waterproofing products, but they will do the job. In most cases, interior sealants are used in order to keep the humidity levels down in the basement. They will also help to keep moisture from being absorbed into the walls and structural parts of the basement, and it will keep water from spilling in.


Waterproofing the basement is important because the basement gives the rest of your home a structural foundation. The basement is the ideal location for the growth of mold and mildew due to dampness, and removing mold and mildew can be very costly. Waterproofing your basement if the best way to keep your home safe, warm, and dry.


A.C. T. Services would be thrilled to have the opportunity to show you the best choices for waterproofing your basement in order to make your home dry, safe from mold, and warm. We can put our 30+ years of experience to work in making your basement dry and waterproof.  Most of all, you are the most important member of our remodeling team.


Gary Harris



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