New homeowner or renovating your basement?
When it comes to your home, the basement often serves as the foundation's frontline defense against water damage.
Any new or experienced homeowner would want to know more about how they can protect their frontline defense.
This blog post will explore eight methods that homeowners can use to keep their basements dry and damage-free.
7 Innovative Basement Waterproofing Solutions for Homeowners
Waterproofing Solution #1 - Interior Water Sealants
These should be a must have in Minnesota homes.
When the basement is being built, this is typically applied to basement floors and walls to prevent moisture and leaks.
With Minnesotas hot summers and then frigid winters, there is humidity and temperature change.
Applying an interior water sealant can help prevent this condensation by providing a moisture-resistant barrier.
Usually, these sealants are used in combination with a more extensive waterproofing plan that might also involve outside waterproofing, good drainage systems, and the implementation of a sump pump, all of which we will talk about.
Waterproofing Solution #2 - Sump Pumps
A sump pump system has a hole in the lowest part of your basement, the pump, and a pipe.
When water gets into the hole (from drains or the ground), the pump turns on then it moves the water out of the hole through the pipe, keeping your basement dry.
Sump pumps do need regular maintenance though, as they are dependent on electricity to function, so backup systems or battery-powered pumps may be advisable in case of power outages.
Waterproofing Solution #3 - Dehumidifiers
Dehumidifiers work by drawing moist air over a refrigerated coil with a fan which gathers in a tank.
The air is then warmed up and sent back into the room.
By controlling the humidity level, a dehumidifier can help protect your home's structure and belongings.
However, these do not fix anything around leaks or water flooding issues.
These problems often require more substantial solutions, such as proper drainage, the use of sump pumps, and possibly professional basement waterproofing services.
Waterproofing Solution #4 - Exterior Waterproofing Coatings
These coatings, typically made of a waterproof membrane or liquid rubber coating, are put on the outside surface of the house's foundation.
They form a barrier between the outside, and your basement.
Coatings are crucial for Minnesota homes - due to being prone to freeze-thaw cycles.
We install sump pumps, waterproof your basement walls, and even rebuild your basements foundation if there is enough water damage.
Contact us today and we can discuss a solution.
Waterproofing Solution #5 - Interior and Exterior Drainage Systems
Interior Drainage Systems are installed around the perimeter of the foundation, and not actually inside the house, and are done through drench drains in the subfloor and baseboard.
Exterior drainage systems are designed to keep water from reaching the foundation at all, and this is usually done through grading, and gutter systems.
Waterproofing Solution #6 - Repair The Cracks
This is vital for any family - regardless if you are in Minnesota or not.
It can seem daunting to either repair the cracks yourself or hire someone to repair big deep cracks in your basement walls.
Even if it is a small crack, it can widen due to pressure from the surrounding soil, and with our freeze-thaw cycles, it can expand and then potentially widen the cracks.
If left unaddressed, it can lead to a damp basement that can grow mildew and mold which is not good to breathe in.
Waterproofing Solution #7 - Insulated Wall Panels
Insulated wall panels have a dual purpose, keep the basement warm and act as a barrier from moisture.
If you are looking into building your basement through a contractor like Christian Brothers, we highly recommend looking into insulated panels.
Insulated wall panels help to keep the basement's temperature stable and reduce the likelihood of condensation forming on the walls.
Another great thing about insulated wall panels is that they don't absorb water like traditional insulation or drywall does.
They are also strong, easy to clean, and come in designs that look good.
Each Minnesota home requires different waterproofing solutions.
Remember, proactive waterproofing can save you significant time, money, and stress in the long run, protecting your home from the detrimental effects of water damage.
That's why it's essential to talk with a professional masonry contractor to figure out the best solution for your house.
By taking proactive steps and employing some or all of these waterproofing techniques, you can ensure your basement stays dry and your home remains strong and secure for years to come.
As experienced masonry contractors, we have the knowledge, tools, and experience to deliver the right solution for your specific needs.