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DIY Information on Waterproofing Your Basement

Waterproofing your basement is not exactly the first thing that you plan to do when you’re looking to improve your home, simply because it’s never really given our attention unless there is a significant problem.  Fortunately, thanks to the Internet, there are thousands upon thousands of available resources that you can tap into and find the solution that’s right for you. However if you’re looking for a more local, hands-on approach, home improvement stores are also a fantastic resource.

Before you jump into it though, we must understand what exactly we need to do and why we need to in the first place. Essentially, waterproofing your basement refers to preventing water from seeping through into your basement. You might wonder why this is a big deal, but over the long term, damages can be done that devalue your home and cost thousands of dollars in repair. It’s important to take preventative measures before something serious happens, as the damage done is usually right beneath the surface. Groundwater is the biggest cause in damaging basement walls, and you can either waterproof the foundation or drain and divert the water elsewhere. Cracks will form as water seeps through, and over time the entire foundation of your home may be compromised, whether it be through the cracks, or dangerous mold and mildew.

There countless ways to help stop water damage from ruining the walls of your basement. Drylox and Xypex have become an industry standard when it comes to sealing your walls. You can easily find these at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, or other home improvement store. These are only adequate for minor patch ups, and it’s important to note that Drylok is a waterproofer, not a water sealer, meaning, it doesn’t seal your floor or walls, because when you first put it on, Drylok fills the fissures(cracks) in your wall by expanding and becomes rock solid in order to stop water from seeping through. Xypex acts similar to waterproof concrete and will work well with your wall.

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As stated earlier, those solutions are only for minor fixes, and for more severe problems, you’ll need to understand three types of systems that tackle your problem differently. The first is a barrier system, which acts as a barrier between the water and your basement. You can either have the system installed on the inside or outside of your walls. The second is a drainage system. A drainage system is set up so that when water is in near proximity of your basement, it helps collect and divert the water from  your basement. Then there is what is called a diversion system. These systems are installed on the roof of your home so that rainwater will be transported away from your home. These systems can act in tandem with each other to prevent, drain, and divert water from ever touching your basement walls.

Do as much research as you can and as tackling a project like this is anything but an easy task. Search forums, ask for help from your local home improvement store, and create a plan of action that you will stick and adhere to lest things go belly up. It all varies between the design of your house and how much money you have to work with, so plan smart and have a back up plan for everything.

For more information and helpful tips on DIY Basement Waterproofing, please check out my website at www.basementwaterproofingsimplified.com

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