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Waterproofing Your Basement

Aug 16, 2015

Waterproofing your basement is key to preventing future issues in your home's foundation. Throughout the year, as rainwater seeps into the soil around your home, pressure builds up against your foundation walls. Over time, especially throughout the winter season, this pressure can cause your basement walls to leak and crack, leading to extensive damage if not treated. Below are some signs that you might have leaks and cracks in your basement:

  • Warped paneling or dry rot
  • Cracks in basement walls or floors
  • White powder on basement walls
  • Peeling paint
  • Buckling or bowing basement walls
  • Water seepage from basement walls or floors
  • General dampness
  • Mildew or fungus
  • Musty odor

To best protect your home from a leaky basement, it is wise to invest in waterproofing both the interior and exterior of your basement. The most common leaks inside your home will occur at the seam where the wall meets the floor. The solution to this type of leak is to install an interior drainage/pump system, which can involve having to remove part of the floor with a jackhammer or other tool.

The best way to prevent any interior leaking or damage is to waterproof the exterior of your home, as well. While this can be a more extensive process than interior repair and involves digging around the exterior of your home, it is the best way to prevent future damage from rainwater pressure. The waterproofing solution will vary based on the type of drainage used, the amount of gravel backfill, and the type of wall coating used.

AquaGuard is one of the few companies in the area to offer a full line of exterior waterproofing and drainage systems. We can combat your basement leaking issues from both the inside of your home and the outside, ensuring that the water never returns. Contact us today for a free estimate.




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