Basements have the uncanny ability to collect water. Without a proper waterproofing method, it’ll fall apart in no time. You have to take active measures to keep it dry, and this includes applying different waterproofing solutions. The good news is, there are different products that address different issues. Your local basement contractor will tell you what exactly your basement needs after performing an initial inspection.
If you’re looking to waterproof your basement, you want to make sure you invest in proven waterproofing solutions. Let’s look at the six best and how they can all help keep your basement dry all year round.
1) Interior Drainage System
BasementGutter™ is your answer to water seepage via cracks or leaks along the basement walls or floor joints. It’s clog-free, rust-free, and less invasive. Not only does it capture water, but it reduces hydrostatic pressure, so it won’t have the force to flow into the basement floor. Water gets into this system via small holes, and from there, it goes straight to a sump pump system, where it’s ejected.
2) Sump Pump
Any water collected by the interior drainage system is then directed to a reliable sump pump system to pump it out of the basement and away from the foundation. Also, when floods start threatening your basement, it’s the sump pump that will protect it from damaging floodwaters. Install yours at the lowest section. We recommend pumps with soil filters and battery backups. Keep checking and testing yours to ensure it’s at the ready.
Basement humidity is a major problem in Indianapolis, IN, especially during hot and humid months. Humidity levels can go through the roof. When this happens, your basement starts getting damp, smelly, and moldy. The best way to tame moisture or keep it in check is by installing an energy-efficient, self-draining dehumidifier. Along with controlling moisture and humidity, this unit also will clean and filter the air, eliminate odors, and reduce the potential for mold growth.
4) Vapor Barrier
Want to stop moisture and outside air from interfering with your basement? No product does a better job of protecting your basement from the elements than a vapor barrier. A vapor barrier typically is used for crawl space encapsulation, but it also has another practical use in the basement. A vapor barrier that is properly fastened to the basement walls not only improves the appearance of the walls, but also helps with waterproofing. Any water that may leak inside through the walls will automatically run behind the waterproof vapor barrier and down to the BasementGutter™ interior drainage system.
5) Grated Drain Pipe
While flooding may not be imminent, it won’t hurt to install a grated drain pipe near your doorway. You never know when the rains will fall hard and inundate your neighborhood. The drain pipe stops rainwater from entering the basement by directing it to either the interior drainage system or the exterior drainage system. To prevent clogging, install yours right behind the door.
6) Frozen Discharge Line Protection
Discharge lines should take out water all year round, but they may not be able to during winter for obvious reasons. To stop them from freezing and clogging, have a FreezeGuard™ attached to the base of the exterior drain pipe. Water will continue flowing, and you will be able to operate your sump pump without problems.
Not sure what waterproofing products to use? Get in touch with Indiana Foundation Service for a free basement waterproofing inspection and quote. One of our experts will be able to evaluate the condition of your basement and then recommend the best waterproofing solutions tailored to your specific repair needs.