What is Involved With Basement Waterproofing?

Basement Waterproofing

Wet, leaky or Flooded Basement is one of the challenges faced by many homeowners and it is always a thorn in the flesh if not properly addressed. Excessive moisture can affect the foundation of a home and result in paying thousands of dollars in structural repairs. However, Basement Waterproofing is an effective water control method to keep water out and maintain a safe and dry environment.

What is Involved with Basement Waterproofing?

1. Internal Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing is best for homes with minimal moisture problems or when it is difficult to excavate the exterior of the home. The process comprises sealing the walls with a water barrier and it works best on small fine cracks. An interior floor drain system with a sump pit and Trench Drain may be considered for walls with larger cracks.

2. External Waterproofing

External Waterproofing involves creating an outdoor barrier to keep water from getting inside. To achieve an effective waterproofing, Weeping Tiles are installed at the base of the foundation to divert water from the basement. In addition, a waterproof coating may be applied to the home’s exterior walls to prevent moisture penetration.

3. Sump Pump

A submersible Sump Pump can be installed into an ABS pit with a cover below the concrete level. The discharge is directed outside. In order to handle ground waters on any rain, the pit must be tied into the Weeping Tile from the new waterproofing or in the older system if it is in good condition.

4. Weeping Tile

Weeping Tiles is an External Waterproofing method. It is a simple drainage system installed around the home to create a drainage point to drain water that has accumulated at the base of the foundation into a sump pit or the storm sewer beneath the street. Weeping Tiles involves digging a trench around the entire foundation to its footing, laying a bed of washed gravel in the trench, and installing perforated PVC drain pipe wrapped in filtration fabric around the foundation to drain into a sump basin from where it will be discharged outside the house by a Sump Pump. The purpose of the Weeping Tile is to drain accumulated water at the base of the foundation so that the basement walls do not sit in a pool of water and the foundation gets weakened. It helps to prevent basement flooding and damages to the foundation of a home.

5. Window Well

A Window Well is a small semi-circular corrugated steel or plastic wall-like structure placed outside the basement window. Besides allowing light to enter the basement, it also keeps water and soil away from the window and serves as an exit in an emergency. Window Wells can also serve as a basement drainage system by filling the well with a small layer of gravel and installing a drain pipe that will take the water to the perimeter drains away from the home. In conclusion, Weeping Tile drainage system and Window Well’s drainage system are Basement Waterproofing methods for efficient water control, prevention of basement flooding, and protection of the foundation against water damages.


About Draintony

We are a locally owned and operated plumbing company, providing residential and commercial owner plumbing services. We specialize in Drain Repair, Drain Cleaning, Basement Waterproofing, Sump Pump Installation, Clogged Toilets and more. Our team at Draintony is dedicated to providing you premier plumbing quality and premier plumbing services.