flooding is a major problem for many homeowners.
Although waterproofing your basement may initially
seem expensive and perhaps even unnecessary,
keep in mind that in most cases, repairing damage
caused by water will cost more than waterproofing
Standard insurance policies do not always cover
basement flooding. If you live in a high risk
area, purchasing full coverage insurance against
flooding should be considered. Keep a detailed
inventory of the contents of your residence
and take photos of the rooms as it will prove
extremely valuable in the event of a flood or
major water leak.
sure your insurance policies and related records
are in a safe location and easily accessible
should the worst happen. Too often, homeowners
will keep their valuables in a safety box that
they store in the basement, which is usually
the first part of a house to be flooded.
Surprisingly enough, many home foundations are
not waterproofed. Because concrete absorbs water,
moist earth around an unprotected foundation
will cause dampness in a basement. Basement
waterproofing will not only prevent humidity,
but will also protect your home’s foundation,
a critical step in maintaining your home’s
value, as well as an important measure in preventing
serious water damage.
waterproofing is generally not recommended as
a do-it-yourself project. This is one task best
left to reputable professionals; moreover, insurance
companies may refuse to pay a flooding claim
if your waterproofing was not done by professionals.
Ideally, basement waterproofing should be done
during the construction stage.
A common foundation waterproofing method used
by homeowners is the application of black tar;
however, it is not recommended as it is a short-term
solution. It will dry out, crack and allow seepage
within five to eight years. Tar can be effective
as a damp-proofing method, but it is not recommended
as waterproofing material.
you do choose a do-it-yourself waterproofing
method, opt for the application of a rubberized
liquid membrane, which is essentially the same
material that automobile tires are made of.
The liquid membrane is quick drying, inexpensive
and generally easy to apply with a roller, sprayer
or trowel. However, particular attention should
be paid to consistency during the application.
Mold is a good indication that your basement
has leakage or condensation problems. If mold
exists in your home, your basement may have
cracks in the walls or the floor, improperly
installed or a lack of footer tiles, leaks from
sweating basement pipes and/or basement windows.
Black mold grows where there is dampness or
water damage and is considered a serious health
to Consult a Professional
Basement waterproofing can minimize water infiltration
and prevent its growth. If mold is a problem,
it is best to consult a professional to waterproof
your foundation. Other factors to consider are
the climate and landscape of the area.
article was written by Herb Mansfield:
Herb Mansfield is a master plumber in the province
of Quebec, Canada. He has over 35 years experience
in the plumbing field. He is now lending his
expertise to the Sump
Pump Info website.