Waterproof Your Foundation Before Finishing Your Basement

Remodeled basements are a great way to provide additional living space in your home. However, without basement waterproofing, a dream living area can quickly become a nightmare when there's a drenching storm or a plumbing pipe bursts. Whether you are remodeling your basement for the first time or because you already experienced a flooded basement, it's important to waterproof the basement.

That way, all the furniture and electronics won't be damaged in case the basement floods. Also, waterproofing a basement will help reduce the moisture content in the air. Basements are notorious for being damp and musty, which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Here are a few things to consider.

The Walls

To make the space look more like normal rooms and less like a basement, install studded walls and drywall to cover up the foundation walls. But first, you'll need to make sure the walls are protected from water infiltration, particularly since they will be covered, and you'll be unable to see any seepage. Applying epoxy injections and sealants to the foundation walls can keep water from seeping through cracks and problematic areas, but they should only be considered as band-aids.

An exterior French drain combined with installing a waterproofing membrane to the exterior of the foundation can prevent any groundwater from seeping into the basement walls. This type of drain works by directing water into a perforated drainage pipe that will be installed around the perimeter of your home's foundation. Groundwater can seep up through the concrete floor of your basement, so you'll want to be sure the French drain is deep enough to collect water and dispel it away from the home. 

The Flooring

Most basements have an interior drainage system with a sump pump that directs water and forces it out of the home. A basement waterproofing contractor will be able to assess your home and determine where the most ideal location is for the interior drainage system and sump pump. 

Coating the concrete floor with a waterproofing sealant is a great way to keep your basement dry. However, it's also a good idea to install a raised floor so your new floor isn't placed directly on concrete. This is especially important if your home is located in an area that is prone to flooding and/or you plan on putting quite a bit of money into creating the space you've always dreamed of in your soon-to-be-finished basement. Contact a company like All Dry Basement Systems for more information.