The purpose of waterproofing your home is to keep dampness, mold and mildew out of your home. Humidity in your home comes from a damp or wet crawlspace or basement and from cooking, bathing, cleaning, and just living in your home. If too much humidity and dampness build up in the house, it allows for mold and mildew to grow, especially in dark spaces. Once the mold and mildew build up, it can cause health issues, including asthma, allergies and other breathing issues. Ensuring you have adequate waterproofing also mitigates pests entering your home.
When your house was first built, the builders added waterproofing to any part of the crawlspace or basement that was underground. However, over the years, the waterproofing membrane can wear away, especially if the builder didn’t use a high-quality membrane.
Waterproofing uses include keeping water from seeping into your crawlspace or basement, protecting the integrity of your home’s foundation, and keeping dampness in the form of humidity from entering your home. The moisture can also discolor walls and lead to an infestation of insects and other pests looking for hydration.
If you have water that constantly pools in your basement or crawlspace, you understand the importance of waterproofing. It is much easier to apply waterproofing during the building stage, but in some cases, you need to do it after the fact.
Depending on how your home is set up, you can choose from several waterproofing methods to protect your home:
From the inside, though this is only recommended if you have an inconvenient home configuration;
By adding drains and a sump pump in the basement;
Sealing the basement or crawlspace, though this method is just temporary;
Adding a waterproofing material on the exterior of the crawlspace or basement;
Installing a French drain or another type of drain underground a short distance from your home; and
Adding sodium bentonite to the dirt around your home. This is a material that absorbs water and is also temporary.
The best method is one that stops hydrostatic pressure, which is water directly against your home’s basement or crawlspace walls. The waterproofing needs to be flexible so that it covers and fills cracks in the walls; plus, it needs to be strong enough to withstand the elements.
Types of waterproofing coatings include butyl rubber sheeting, rubber-based coatings, hot-applied rubberized asphalt coatings, cold-applied rubberized asphalt coatings, bentonite, urethane coatings, and crystallization products.
You might think that using a sump pump to pump water out of your home is enough, but it is not, especially for those with health issues. The benefits of waterproofing your home include:
Keeping the basement completely dry, especially if you turned it into a living space.
Reducing the risk of health issues, including asthma and allergies.
Reducing the amount of humidity in your home, which makes your home more comfortable and mitigates stored items from getting moldy.
Strengthening the structure of your home.
Mitigates insects and rodents finding their way into your home.
If you have a damp or wet basement or crawlspace, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to discuss the options you have to waterproof your home and protect it from the dampness and extra humidity.