Sealing The Basement In Your Home To Create Usable Space

If you have a basement under your home that you want to use to expand the square footage and create space for a family room or other rooms, you need to make sure the basement stays dry. Basement waterproofing can be a preemptive move or could be in response to water already coming in, but in either case, doing it right is the best way to ensure that space stays dry when you are done. 

Hiring A Contractor

There are several ways to deal with water in your basement or to avoid having the problem creep up on you. Hiring a contractor that has some basement waterproofing experience is one of the best options and can be the most effective way to ensure the water stays outside where it belongs. 

While there are DIY solutions that you could try, most of them are only effective if the water issue is minimal, and they typically need to be redone every couple of years. Professional basement waterproofing focuses on stopping the water from getting through the foundation as well as moving the water away from your home. 

The contractor you are working with can offer some options to make your waterproofing a permanent solution and allow you to use the space below your home without concern. 

Exterior Sealer

One of the most effective basement waterproofing methods is to apply a sealer to the outside of the foundation around your home. The waterproofing material is painted onto the foundation blocks or walls, requiring the contractor to remove the soil around the foundation to the footing. 

A small backhoe can be used to dig out the soil, then the walls are cleaned so the waterproofing material will adhere to the blocks, and the material is painted on is several thick layers. It is essential that the waterproofing extended to the top of the wall, just below the home's sill plate and above the soil line by about six to eight inches. If the sealer is left below the soil, the water can get through the wall above the sealer and then get into the basement.

Installing Drainage

While the soil is removed around the house, it is good to put a French drain in to remove any water close to the foundation. The French drain consists of several layers of gravel, a perforated pipe that sits on the gravel, and then more gravel on the soil's surface.

The gravel allows water to drain down to the pipe, and then the pipe will carry the water out away from your home. This system is one of the most effective ways to remove the water from the area. When combined with the basement waterproofing material, it will keep your basement dry and usable.