What’s your first move when faced with a wet basement? Do you call the pros and have your basement cleaned out and waterproofed? What type of basement waterproofing would you opt for?
The following are some mistakes homeowners make when waterproofing their basements that you ought to avoid.
- Doing it yourself
This is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make when it comes to basement waterproofing. They think that waterproofing is easy and can be done without skill, experience or proper training. Many opt for simple waterproofing methods such as crack injection or DIY kits. However, they soon find out that waterproofing is more difficult and complex than they thought. This often happens after extensive damage to the foundation.
- Using waterproofing paint
Have you noticed a leak on your foundation wall? Many homeowners reach for waterproofing paint with the intention of keeping moisture out of their basements. This however, only keeps moisture from seeping through the wall and into the basement at that particular point. It doesn’t solve the underlying problem. It instead makes hydrostatic pressure against the wall even worse.
The leaking will be worse when the walls finally succumb to the pressure. You’ll also be dealing with worse damage when the walls begin to bow inward.
- Using hydraulic cement to fix cracks
Do you have a crack in the floor or wall of your foundation? Some homeowners believe that hydraulic cement is the best fix to any crack or leak in a foundation wall or floor. While the cement will seal the crack, it will only cause buildup in pressure against the outside of the wall. The water will eventually push the patch out or cause the wall to bow inward.
- Using caulk to fix cracks
Another method of basement waterproofing that many homeowners turn to when they notice cracks or leaks in the basement is using caulk to fill in cracks. Like with the other patch work methods mentioned above, this method will only result in an increase in hydrostatic pressure on the basement walls.
- Using inexpensive covers for window wells
Going cheap when it comes to basement waterproofing is never a good idea. Never purchase cheap window well covers. These are not sturdy enough to keep debris and water out of the window well. You’ll end up with a flooded window well, which in turn will cause water problems for your basement.