Your home's basement can be one of the areas of the house that will be the most vulnerable to suffering significant damage from water intrusion. Luckily, there are several options that will be able to help you with reducing the risk of your home's basement suffering significant water damage.
The application of a waterproof sealant to the walls of the basement is one solution for stopping moisture from intruding into this space. When you apply these sealants to the walls, they can act as a barrier that may stop moisture from seeping into the house.
A vapor barrier can be another option for reducing the ability of moisture to enter the home. These are vinyl or plastic barriers that are applied to the interior walls of the basement. This will form a physical barrier that can effectively stop moisture from completely seeping through the walls. To be effective, the vapor barrier will have to be properly installed and secured to the wall. This will require a strong and waterproof adhesive to be applied so that the vapor barrier will be as close to the wall as possible.
Any cracks in the walls of the basement can severely compromise your waterproofing efforts. This is due to the fact that these openings can allow the moisture to have a much easier pathway into the basement. For this reason, if your basement has any cracks in the walls or flooring, they will need to be repaired as part of the waterproofing efforts. This can be an integral step that will need to be done during the early stages of this process. Luckily, the use of caulk and other patching solutions can be inexpensive and quick.
Sump Pumping Systems
Unfortunately, there can be times when the waterproofing system may be overwhelmed. An example of this could be situations where consistent rain has caused the soil near the home to become soaked. This can eventually allow moisture to seep into this space, and this means that you will need to have a plan for handling this issue. Including a sump pump system as part of the waterproofing upgrades that you have made can allow any moisture that seeps into the house to be removed. These pumping systems may be automatic with a collection area and sensor. Once moisture is detected in this space, the pump will activate so that it can be expelled from the home as efficiently as possible.
For more information, contact a local company like Blue Water Basement Waterproofing.