Types of Waterproofing Solutions
There are several different ways to waterproof, and the appropriate solution will depend on your issues. The different solutions may vary for interior waterproofing vs. exterior waterproofing as well.
These are the typical solutions for most interior waterproofing needs:
- Sump pump installation
- Interior drainage installation
- Basement waterproofing
- Foundation wall crack repair
- Moisture control system
- Foundation wall wrap
Here’s some more information about each of these.
Sump Pump Installation
A sump pump system needs to be properly installed and maintained to work correctly. If you have a sump pump tha’s not keeping up, it may need to be cleaned, or it could be time for a replacement. Sump pump systems are designed to drain water away from the home, pumping it through the system to keep water out of the basement. We can inspect your sump pump, make repairs if needed, or install a new one for you.
Interior Drainage Installation
Interior drainage systems, also known as French drains, are installed by digging a small trench around the perimeter of the basement and then special piping laid inside. When water seeps in, it runs through this system and moves well away from the home. Internal drainage helps to relieve hydrostatic pressure and is an efficient way to prevent water in the basement.
There are several different forms of basement waterproofing. What works best for your basement may depend on the setup and the needs that you have. This could include drainage systems, moisture control, crack repair, wall wraps, and more. The key is to determine the source of water and then act appropriately to stop it.
Foundation Wall Crack Repair
If you have cracks in the basement walls or foundation, foundation crack repair is essential. Sealing those cracks will not only help keep water out of the basement, but will also reinforce your structure to keep it strong and sturdy. We can work with you to determine the best measures to repair wall cracks in the basement.
Moisture Control System
Moisture control systems are designed to help maintain humidity levels to prevent excessive moisture. These might be helpful if you don’t have great ventilation or if you notice that the basement always feels moist or humid. Controlling moisture in this way is an essential element of protecting your basement.
Foundation Wall Wrap
The final internal solution is a foundation wall wrap. This can be applied with specialized materials to wrap around the basement walls, effectively sealing them and creating a barrier to prevent water from coming in.
Drycrete Waterproofing can help with your foundation wall wrap needs.
There are also some options that are specifically designed for the exterior of the house. Focusing on exterior waterproofing can sometimes be just as effective in waterproofing your basement.
These are the top solutions:
- Foundation sealing is used to seal around the perimeter of the foundation and block off water problem areas to prevent penetration.
- Exterior drainage systems come in the forms of underground discharge units, drywells, or even gutters and downspouts. These systems are a path to push water out away from the home.
- Drywell installation is an extensive system that is placed 30-70 feet beneath the ground surface. They can have many benefits but do require professional installation.
In some cases, you will need a combination of interior and external solutions to waterproof your basement in Kent County, RI. Let us assess your situation and make a recommendation to keep water out of the basement.