Refuting Three Basement Waterproofing Myths

10 January 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

A basement can be an area of the home that is far more vulnerable than homeowners may anticipate. In particular, the threat of water damage is something that will always need to be addressed, as this area of the home will be at a major risk of suffering this type of damage.

Myth: It Is Harmless For A Basement To Be Damp

A common assumption that can be made when it comes to a home's basement will be that it is normal for it to be damp. However, a damp basement can put a home at risk of suffering a range of damages and serious complications. The growth of hazardous mold throughout the home is an especially common complication, but it can also be possible for water damage to the basement to impact the home's foundation. If this type of damage occurs, it will be impossible to avoid major repairs for the building as the foundation will need to be repaired and stabilized.

Myth: Waterproofing A Basement Only Involves Sealing The Walls

In order to waterproof a basement, it will first be necessary to take steps to prevent or at least reduce the ability of moisture to seep through the walls of the basement. This is one of the main ways that moisture problems can start to form in this part of the home. Poor drainage can exacerbate this problem by allowing water to puddle against the exterior walls of the home. While a waterproof sealant can be extremely effective, it will eventually be at risk of falling or developing weak spots. Also, extensive flooding can overwhelm this sealant. To account for this possibility, a basement waterproofing project will also typically involve the installation of sump pumps that will be able to actively remove any water that may be able to seep into the basement.

Myth: Only Older Homes Are Prone To Suffering Basement Water Problems

Older homes will often be at the greatest risk of basement moisture problems. This can be a result of the basement walls and floors degrading. However, homeowners should avoid assuming that they are safe from this threat due to living in a newer home. Basement moisture problems can be as much a product of the soil and surrounding environment as of the structural integrity and design of the building. As a result, those that live in newer homes should still be diligent about checking for signs of moisture problems in the basement as they may also need to take steps to waterproof this section of the house.