Tip of the Day – Essential Basement Waterproofing Products

Basement waterproofing is crucial in any structure, as it prevents mold and mildew growth, as well as water damage. There are several products which are essential when waterproofing a basement.
A sump pump is useful in homes where the water table is above the foundation table of the structure. Because of this, you’ll frequently experience basement flooding. To stop this flooding and to prevent dampness, a sump pump is installed which pumps any water that enters your basement out to a central location at least fifteen feet from the structure. There are two types of sump pumps, pedestal and submersible. A pedestal unit is mounted above the ground and is more easily reachable. A submersible pump is located below ground and should be sealed off. Sump pumps operate off water pressure or the home’s electrical supply.
Another important tool that you must have when waterproofing a structure is a drain tile system. Most homes are already equipped with a traditional drain tile system (often called a french drain), which uses PVC pipe to channel out water. These are notorious for failing and flooding basements. If this is the system in your structure, you need to upgrade it. There are several new piping systems that can be installed in both internal and external drain tile systems.
A cavity drain system is another great tool for waterproofing. In a cavity drain system a pre-formed cavity within your basement intercepts incoming water and drains it away. This system is located entirely underground.
To prevent leaking and flooding in your basement its important to fix the problems causing leaking. Fix, fill, and repair all cracks and holes in the foundation walls. By fixing these you’ll prevent any excess water from seeping into your structure and causing damage.