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Basement Waterproofing To Prevent Water Seepage

Author : Cindy Weller

For years the standard treatments applied to poured concrete and block walls as basement waterproofing to prevent water seepage have been applied to the exterior walls. These methods have proven costly and ineffective over time as the coatings become brittle or small cracks appear in the foundation and walls from settling. Nor are they capable of treating any cracks in the concrete floor which create a damp floor that is unsuitable for carpet or finishing.

The humidity in a wet basement creates a multitude of serious problems for homeowners, including mold and mildew, as well as damage to any finished walls and flooring. Often drains are inserted around the perimeter of the walls or sump pumps and dehumidifiers are used to treat the effect rather than the problem. Contractors may be contacted to dig out around the foundation, coat the walls with tar or other similar products then backfill. This is a very temporary expensive fix that may run into thousands of dollars, but does not effectively repair the long-term problem.

By applying a DIY basement waterproofing system on the interior walls you can save thousands of dollars. A revolutionary waterproofing product that actually permeates deep into the concrete making plugs that are able to withstand negative hydrostatic pressure is the key component of the system. A coordinating crack filler is used that will adhere to the base and top coats forming a surface that is impermeable. An added benefit to basement waterproofing in this manner is that it not only stops water from coming into the home but radon as well. Radon has been linked to many serious diseases and is commonly found throughout the U.S.

In a three step process the DIY basement waterproofing products may be applied to permanently seal and waterproof the basement including the floors. A basecoat of Permaflex is applied to a clean dry concrete or block wall. Cracks are filled with a special adhesive rubber caulk mixture of TAV and LRB. A microscopic sealing bond and adhesion are created to form a solid yet flexible moisture shield which allows no moisture to penetrate. A top coat of Permaflex is applied which may be painted or now that the basement is waterproofed it may be finished in any desired manner including sheetrock.

The strength of these basement waterproofing products is enough to actually be able to hold 2x4’s in place if they are set during the application. Additional information can be found on how to do this correctly, but the strength of the bond is astounding.

In a basement that has already been finished, determining how far up the walls the DIY basement waterproofing system needs to be applied will be a judgment call on the part of the homeowner. The entire floor and removal of the bottom four feet of sheetrock is recommended and will likely be adequate unless there are cracks higher on the wall. Since this is a once in a lifetime necessity when performed correctly it may be as easy to remove the sheetrock and coat the entire wall especially if mold or mildew are present.

A wet basement can cause many health problems and should be treated correctly as soon as possible. The musty smell and possible mold spores can permeate the entire house as air circulates through the air ducts.

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