Thawed snow and groundwater – these are the reasons that significantly reduce the life of the basement and the house as a whole. People have always fought this by any means. And they gained a lot of experience. But until now, the owners of the houses are concerned about the issue of basement waterproofing.
Basement waterproofing techniques
First of all, it is necessary to decide which side you will waterproof: the inside or the outside. The outside is a better option.
Even when your house is at the construction stage, it is worth protecting the foundation from moisture. There are several options:
One of the best options is to apply plaster to the foundation walls and treat it with hot bitumen. After that, make blind areas and drainage. External basement waterproofing is the most durable and strong protection of the house from groundwater and moisture. But if you did not do this during construction, or the waterproofing deteriorated, there are two options. The first is to dig out the foundation from the outside and rebuild the waterproofing layer.
External basement waterproofing in a house that is already in operation is a serious task. This is very difficult, costly and not always possible due to the proximity of the house to other buildings.
The second method is waterproofing the basement from the inside. Internal insulation does not require earthwork. Modern materials provide reliable protection against moisture, they serve for a long time and are easy to use. The choice of the type of waterproofing depends on the problems that you encounter during its operation. What do you need to protect your basement from?
- Anti-pressure waterproofing protects your basement from groundwater. This is necessary when the groundwater level is above the floor and even the basement walls. It was previously believed that this type of waterproofing is possible only outside the foundation structures. It was almost impossible to protect the already constructed basements from groundwater from the inside due to the negative pressure of the water outside. Water pressure tore off the material from the walls. There are many mixtures for waterproofing basements on the market today to solve this problem. Such a composition is suitable for protection even from negative water pressure. Therefore, it can be used for both external and internal waterproofing of the basement.
- The groundwater level is low, and you do not face its seasonal rise? In this case, you need non-pressure waterproofing to protect the basement from moisture after heavy rainfall or floods. To do this, treat the walls and floor of the basement with special materials from the inside.
- Moisture can also enter the basement through capillaries in the walls and floor. Use anti-capillary penetrating basement waterproofing to protect against moisture.
Basement waterproofing is an important and necessary job. This can be done at any stage of house construction and even when it is already in operation. A crude basement is a threat to the safety of the entire structure, so you need to solve the problem today without waiting for serious consequences.