Whether it is an appreciation of greenery, a hobby or an ongoing pursuit for curb appeal, having a beautifully landscaped yard is every homeowner’s dream. Unfortunately, water seeping into your basement, or basement flooding can jeopardize your plans. To prevent this from happening, use tried and tested basement waterproofing products and follow the right approach so you can minimize damage to the landscape.
While exterior waterproofing is an effective waterproofing method, it also can be invasive. Exterior waterproofing requires excavation, which can cause damage to your home’s landscaping including attached features like the porch, deck driveway, sidewalk, and even air conditioning unit. Plus, other less invasive and affordable alternatives can be done without damaging your landscape. If you are looking for other waterproofing options with minimal damage to your yard, here are a few options:
Interior drainage system
One innovation that is highly favored by homeowners in Indianapolis, IN, is the installation of an interior drainage system. This is a waterproofing method that provides an excellent alternative to foundation excavation and waterproofing.
This system is usually installed to waterproof leaking concrete foundation blocks. It successfully waterproofs your basement by removing groundwater before it even touches your floor. The best part is that you will not have to damage your perfectly done landscaping and have your basement waterproofed.
These drains consist of specially perforated pipes that are installed around the perimeter of the basement floor. These pipes are surrounded by gravel to filter out dirt and other sediments that can clog the system. The pipes collect water from the basement wall-floor joint and carry it to a sump pump pit.
Usually, if your gutters and downspouts are worn or cannot manage the amount of rain in your area, water will begin accumulating in areas of soil around your home, causing swelling. This water then starts to slip into your foundation through cracks, causing interior flooding. Downspout lines prevent water from seeping into your foundation. They are easy to fit and cause minimal disturbance to your home’s landscaping. We recommend placing extended downspout lines in the ground to eliminate tripping hazards and any possibility for water to flow back to your foundation. Some digging will be required, but the removed earth can easily be replaced over the new piping system.
A sump pump collects water inside your basement and channels it out of your home. The best sump pump systems work in conjunction with the interior and yard drains mentioned above. This way, it drains the entire foundation and eliminates the possibility of new points of seepage from cropping up.
Crawl space encapsulation
If your home does not have a basement, it probably has a crawl space. Crawl spaces also suffer the same water problems as full basements and can be fixed in the same methods including interior drain tiles and a sump pump. Another great way to seal off your crawl space without ruining your landscaping is encapsulating it. A plastic vapor barrier is installed on the floor and walls and then sealed. Coupled with dehumidification, encapsulation ensures your space remains dry and free of mold and humidity.
Waterproofing doesn’t have to be unpleasant, invasive, or toxic. Most of the solutions provided above are eco-friendly techniques that are minimally invasive and very effective. To figure out the best waterproofing method you can use without damaging your home, schedule a free waterproofing inspection with Indiana Foundation Service, a professional waterproofing company in Indianapolis, IN.