Furthermore, standing water left untreated can contribute to mold and mildew growth, which can cause a variety of health effects in sensitive individuals. Additionally, it can cause an electric shock or electrocution, which can render your home unsafe. It can also ruin your home’s materials, such as carpeting, tile flooring, and wood structures, and eventually lead to structural damage. Therefore, if you have a leaking basement, it is strongly recommended that you repair the leaks as soon as possible in order to avoid more costly repairs later and to keep your home safe and cozy year round.
At Fox Hill Construction, we believe that your home is your haven and can put together a restoration and waterproofing action plan to remedy any leaks in your infrastructure to help keep it safe and sound.
Waterproofing paint is similar to the acrylic paint used to coat the interior of your home, except it has a more elastic consistency in order to absorb water. It also helps prevent fungal growth, which is common with water leaks.
Because waterproofing paint is simple and easy to apply, many homeowners often use it as a quick way to seal their basement walls from leaks. However, because waterproofing paint is nothing more than just a thicker version of paint, it does little to actually repair the wall and stop the seepage of water through the foundation.
In fact, once the paint is applied, water will continue to build up inside the basement wall and over time cause the paint to peel away from the walls, leaving them unprotected. The trapped water also helps contribute to the further destruction of the wall, which will result in major issues later. Therefore, in order for waterproofing paint to work sufficiently, all cracks, pores, and gaps must be properly repaired before applying the product.
Dampproofing is applied to the foundation of a home during the building process.
It is a thin layer of mixture, in most cases either tar or an asphalt-based mixture, that is brushed on or sprayed on the exterior of the foundation to seal out soil and moisture. However, unlike waterproofing, it is not intended to seal out water that enters the basement through large holes, cracks, and gaps during the building process.
It also offers no protection against improperly installed backfill.
An interior drainage system helps alleviate groundwater pressure that pushes its way through the walls of the basement and is considered one of the most hassle-free ways to waterproof the basement.
During the interior drainage system process, drainage piping is installed, which directs flood water to a sump pump system that then removes the water. There are also backup battery sump pump systems that continue to operate during a power outage to prevent flooding.
Essentially, during interior waterproofing, the inside area of the concrete floor is broken open, and a clog-free drainage pipe is installed to keep the basement dry.
An exterior drainage system, also called a French drain system, involves excavating a trench along the perimeter of the footer to install drainage pipes. It can also be used to replace existing pipes. In addition to installing an exterior drainage system, a water membrane is also sometimes applied to the exterior of the foundation to further keep out water.
However, exterior foundation waterproofing also has its disadvantages. For instance, French drains can become damaged during the backfill process, which can clog the drains with silt and plant roots and render the system less effective. Additionally, because installing an exterior drainage system involves digging a trench around the exterior of a home, it can also disrupt the use of many of the home’s features, such as the driveway and the porch. It can also be the most expensive way to address a leaking basement as it involves excavation.
Your home or business is perhaps one of the biggest investments you will ever make; therefore, if you have a leaking basement, don’t let it ruin the full enjoyment of your property or cost you extensive money on repairs. Together, our contractors have years of experience in residential and commercial waterproofing and restoration repairs and can provide the expertise needed to address your water-leakage issue. Furthermore, it is our goal to provide the highest standards of quality in each job that we perform, and we guarantee it 100%. Contact us today for a free quote.