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Building A New Home? Make Sure You Waterproof Your Basement

by Harvie Simms

If you are building a new home and it has a basement, you need to make sure you waterproof it. If you do not and you go through a flood or bad rainstorm, water could easily get into the basement and cause great damage. To help you below are two types of waterproofing methods that can be used.

French Drain

A French drain works well and is a good option to choose during the construction of a new home. This is because a French drain is installed at the foundation's footing, which is a deep level. The drain is installed around the perimeter of your home. This type can be installed on a home that is already built, but it is much more difficult to do so.

The first thing a basement waterproofing contractor will do is to dig a deep trench. A water-permeable landscaping fabric is then placed into the trench. This will help prevent the drain pipe from getting clogged, as it prevents roots, soil, and slit from getting into the drain.

Perforated plastic pipes are then installed. You have the choice of using PVC drain pipes, which are very rigid but also sturdier. There is also flexible drain pipes. The main thing to consider is to ensure the pipe is large enough to handle the amount of water that may run through it. Your contractor will know the right size.

When the pipe is installed, the contractor will place several bags of gravel over the piping to keep the drain pipes in place.

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing is much easier to install and the least expensive option. A basement waterproofing contractor will first thoroughly inspect the walls and flooring for any holes or cracks. If any are found, they will fill the holes and cracks in using a special waterproofing sealant. The contractor will also ensure there are no leaks around doors and windows. When finished, your basement will have a watertight seal.

An interior waterproof sealant is coated on the walls and flooring to create a barrier from water. This prevents moisture from building up inside the basement, which will help prevent damage and prevent mold and mildew from building up on the walls, flooring, and ceiling.

Interior waterproofing can help, but it is not the best option. Because of this, you should use this only if you also install a type of exterior drainage system, such as a French drain.

Talk with a basement waterproofing contractor like J.A. Kilby Enterprises Inc about these two waterproofing methods to learn more about them.

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