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basement waterproofing options

Basement Waterproofing Options


Reviewing your basement waterproofing options first is the best way to approach basement moisture problems.

With moisture problems, the best approach is almost always to remove or control the source of the moisture. Do not to try to stop it at the last line of defense.

First, remove excessive internal moisture sources in the basement (humidifiers, etc).  This is the simplest and cheapest basement waterproofing option. The next step is to ventilate other sources (clothes dryer, bathroom) properly.

Second, if condensation is the is the problem, do not ventilate the basement directly with warm, humid air. We recommend ventilation through an air conditioning system or with a heat exchanger.

Dehumidification is used as a means of reducing the humidity and related odors in a basement. This though, is not a permanent or complete solution. In fact, if a dehumidifier is used in a basement with moisture problems, it may cause greater damage. Moisture is drawn into the basement more rapidly, drying out the basement air and causing further damage to interior finishes.

It is appealing to solve a basement moisture problem with a membrane or coating on the inside but these are less permanent solutions. It is less expensive than a drainage system and seems to work for a time in some cases. Eventually these systems deteriorate or simply move the water to another pathway back into the basement.

We evaluate the gutters, downspouts, and surface grading around the house after removing interior moisture sources. These should be corrected first and may solve the problem. Then proceed with an interior or exterior drainage system if moisture issues continue.

If these simple steps described above do not solve your problems, then give us a call so that we can assist you.