With so many things that can go wrong with a house, it isn't surprising that sometimes homeowners accidentally neglect certain aspects of it. The neglect does not necessarily happen intentionally, but from not paying attention to uncommon problems due to focusing on the ones that are more common and easily noticeable. For example, water damage due to a bad roof might be easier to notice than water damage in a basement that is rarely used by the household. Whether there is already water damage in your basement or not, it is important to invest in getting it waterproofed for protection against water leaks. A waterproofing contractor can be hired to inspect your basement for damage and perform waterproofing techniques that can protect the structural integrity of your house.
Signs That a Basement Has a Water Leak
One of the obvious signs that there is water getting in a basement is when puddles can be seen. However, there are also less obvious signs like a high level of humidity, which can happen before bigger signs begin to form. The leaks can be due to a plumbing problem, but can also point to there being cracks in the foundation that allow rainwater to come inside. Another sign of water leaks is if a basement has a musty odor that is difficult to get rid of no matter what is done to deodorize it. If after an inspection is performed it is determined that there isn't a plumbing problem causing the problem, waterproofing the basement on the exterior might still help give you peace of mind.
Getting a Basement Waterproofed on the Exterior
Although waterproofing can be done on the interior of a basement, doing it on the exterior can lead to better results. This is because rainwater will have no way to enter the basement to cause damage. Simply waterproofing the inside of a basement can create a barrier of protection. For example, if rainwater enters through an exterior crack in the foundation or wall, it can be stopped from fully entering the basement via interior waterproofing. Of course, exterior waterproofing is more thorough. This might include sealing up exterior cracks, drain installation, and leveling out your yard to control how rainwater flows.
To learn more about exterior waterproofing, get in touch with a contractor to get an inspection to find out what kind of waterproofing is most beneficial for your home.