Sometimes you might walk into your basement and find it rather soggy. Aside from feeling unpleasant, this can be an indication that there are issues with your foundation that need to be addressed.
No one wants to have their home constantly taking on water, after all, and ignoring the problem will only lead to bigger issues as the water begins to seriously damage your foundation and your home. In order to keep your home dry and your financial investment secure, it is a good idea to ensure that your foundation is a secure and watertight as possible.
Before we move on, I think it is important note that there are quite a few people who do not see the importance of securing their foundation. I can understand this view. After all, it is not like the foundation is something that you can easily see every day.
And unless the basement is finished and turned into livable space, it is unlikely that you will spend enough time down there to truly notice the water anyway – might as well save the money and just let it go, right?
This is a terrible idea, and can result in a whole host of costly issues. Do not wait for this to simply go away on its own. You must take steps to secure your home, and you must do so as quickly as possible to prevent lasting damage to your foundation.
How do I protect my foundation?
When you discover that your foundation is leaking, it is helpful to first determine from where the water is coming. Is water seeping in from outside of the home, or is it somehow forming on the inside walls of the foundation without coming in from the exterior? Most of the time, the answer is that the water is coming in from the outside – and no one likes to hear that response because it sounds scary and expensive.
The truth is that while, yes, it could potentially be costly to fix, you shouldn’t have to continuously make big adjustments to your foundation. Ideally, you invest in a solution once, and then are able to move on with your life free from wet basements!
Once you’ve determined that the water is coming from the exterior of the home, it is time to consider exterior foundation waterproofing. To be truthful, this is the best way to keep your basement dry and your foundation in good shape.
Waterproofing the interior is a good idea, but if you don’t fix the cause of the leak in the first place (that is, the issue on the exterior of the house that is allowing water in), then you will simply find yourself in trouble once again when the interior waterproofing techniques are worn down.