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How To Waterproof A Basement When You Can'T Dig Around The Exterior

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For homes that have a basement, professional waterproofing is essential if you want to prevent water from seeping inside your home. It will help prevent mold, mildew, and other water related damage from happening due to foundation problems. Waterproofing can actually be performed on the interior and exterior of a foundation. Due to the digging involved, an exterior waterproofing solution may not be an option due to your budget or the practicality. Here are some tips when you decide to do interior waterproofing to protect your home.

Create Some Space Between The Waterproofing and Basement Finishing

The membrane installed in your basement walls has a chance of being punctured if it is exposed. That's why it's a great idea to finish the walls that have a waterproofing membrane on it, but leave some space between the finished wall and the foundation wall. The space will also help reduce the possibility of the finished wall being exposed to moisture and condensation that could collect on the membrane.

Install An Interior Drainage System For Your Foundation

Your home's foundation can be responsible for creating condensation that will get into the basement. If you install a drainage system for the foundation inside your home, the water will have a place to drain and be pumped outside with a sump pump.

Improve Water Draining Around Your Property

You might not be able to dig, but there are still things that you can do to assist with how the water drains around your home. Start by looking at the downspouts that connect to the gutters on your roof. Their goal is to divert the water far away from your home, but if the downspouts are not extended, they are just dumping that water at a centralized spot next to your foundation. Installing downspout extenders on them is easy to do, and can help get the water to drain several feet away from the foundation.

Another way to improve drainage is to improve the grade of the land around your home. Place extra dirt around the exterior walls so that rainwater flows away from your home instead of collecting against the walls.

Install Floating Flooring

If you are finishing your basement, there is always the possibility that water can get in and ruin your flooring no matter how much waterproofing you do. Install a floating floor on the foundation in the basement to prevent water damage. If small amounts of water do get in, the water will pass underneath the flooring and go to the drain in your basement.

For more waterproofing tips, speak with a basement waterproofing contractor in your area.