Tips for Waterproofing Basement Walls

Published: 27th July 2011
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The Man Cave, the Lair, the Wonder Down-Under, or even the Stellar Cellar, all of these are inventive names people have made for their fun-filled or relaxing basements. However, a fun-filled basement cannot exist if it is not protected from harmful flooding and drainage. The best way to protect a dream basement is by waterproofing the walls.

The first step in waterproofing any wall is to clear the wall of any paint or any cracks it may have on it. This is vital because if a wall has a preexisting crack, the basement is in severe danger of mold, drainage, and structural damage. The next step is to find the right waterproofing product for your wall. Some require a dry surface, other require the surface to be damp, but without any standing water on the walls. Different mixes have different instructions, any mix can be found at your local hardware or home-improvement store. Next, take a brush and apply the waterproof mix to the walls, if there have been any leakage problems before, make sure to fill every pore and tiny crack with the mix to ensure it does not leak again. Also, make sure that the joints between the wall and floor are carefully coated, this is where the water pressure will be the greatest. Two coats of the mix is safest way to ensure the walls remain waterproof. Sometimes 3 layers are needed if the walls are concrete, because they are porous and need heavier filling. Apply the first coat, and then wait overnight, allowing the first to coat to dry before applying the second coat.

After applying the coats on the wall and allowing them to dry, it could be a good idea to paint the walls. Now, this is no great waterproof mix, but an extra layer of paint can always help solidify the waterproof sealer. Just make sure that the paint is compatible with the mix was used to paint the walls. This kind of work should prevent any type of waterproof damage, like cracks or drainage, even in the heavy rain season. However, if you are still worried about your basement flooding, a smart idea may be to install a sump pump backup system. This could possibly bail any homeowner out of a flooding situation and leave them with a dry basement instead of a wet basement. But before using a backup system, it is vital to follow the instructions given to waterproof your basement walls to avoid water damage.

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