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Exploring the Pros and Cons of Various Basement Waterproofing Methods

Pros and Cons of Various Basement Waterproofing Methods
Pros and Cons of Various Basement Waterproofing Methods

When it comes to basement waterproofing methods, there’s no one size fits all solution. It all depends on the current condition of your home and its risk of flooding. But the fact remains that more than 98% of all homes with basements will experience some type of water damage, and it’s important to be prepared to make a big decision to prevent flooding in the future. With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of some of the most common basement waterproofing solutions.

Sump Pump Drain

Pedestal sump pumps usually last 25 to 30 years if they are installed properly and kept free of debris, but during rainstorms, it’s not uncommon for them to cause basement flooding. If this is the source of the problem, consider installing a sump pump drain, which helps to prevent flooding and move water away from your home’s foundation. Drainage systems also usually require a vapor barrier, and together, the cost starts at around $2,000. But if sump pump overflow is the cause of your basement flooding, this is almost certain to fix the problem.

Foundation Repair

If your foundation has cracks wider than one-fourth of an inch wide, or if you have stair step cracks in blocks or bricks, you should take measures to fix it right away. Yes, repairing your home’s foundation can be expensive, but the risks are also substantial. Fortunately, foundation repair is often more affordable than homeowners realize.

In addition, there are multiple types of basement foundation repair techniques available to you, including sealants, which are typically short-term fixes, and complete foundation repairs, which are long-term. Of course, costs will vary, so contact one or more basement waterproofing companies for an in-home assessment and quote. This initial evaluation will reveal the best foundation repair option for your basement’s needs.

Exterior Waterproofing

Finally, you can’t underestimate the waterproofing effects that come with being diligent of your home’s exterior. Not only should the soil around home’s foundation slope at least six inches for every 10 horizontal feet, but the gutters and downspouts should be clear at all times. Finally, make sure downspouts are properly directed to drains that take stormwater away from your home — and your basement.

“Before dropping thousands of dollars on a waterproofing solution…don’t forget to consider smaller details, such as making sure gutters are free of debris, that downspouts move water 20 to 30 feet away from the foundation, and dirt slopes away from the foundation,” writes Oseye Boyd on Angie’s List.

With this knowledge, you can choose the best waterproofing solution for your home. For more information about basement waterproofing companies here in the Chicago area, contact The Real Seal LLC.


Austin Werner

Austin Werner is the Owner of The Real Seal LLC, a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company. Austin believes that having a highly trained and happy team is the key to success. This is reflected through hundreds of 5 star customer reviews his company has received online.

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