Clint Miller Exterminating Waterproofing Protection
  • Mar 11, 2020
Does My Home Need Waterproofing Protection?


Waterproofing a home is an effective way to stop one of the worst types of damage. Moisture can not only discolor walls and weaken the integrity of a structure, it can also lead to a serious infestation of mold or insects. Either possibility can impact your health, especially if the problem goes undetected for a while. And unfortunately, it doesn't take very much water for your home to be affected.

If your home is your single greatest asset, you need to look beyond the standard protections to more effective methods. We'll look at home waterproofing and what it takes to really make the building impervious to outside threats. 

Types of Basement Waterproofing

Waterproofing a basement really runs the gamut in terms of both price and methodology, as there are numerous ways to approach the same problem:

  • Interior: This waterproofing method works from the inside out, and it's generally recommended for those who have an inconvenient home configuration (in terms of accessing the at-risk areas). 
  • Drain: This method involves installing a drain and sump pump to push water out of the basement. You may need to add sheeting to the walls to protect from condensation too. 
  • Sealant or epoxy: Both largely considered superficial fixes, these methods can help prevent leaks or at least delay them until you're ready for more serious waterproofing services. 
  • Exterior: This type of waterproofing starts on the outside of the building, so water can't enter the building from the side. 
  • Excavation: This method involves the installation of a trench or perimeter drain underground. It's an effective but time-consuming process. 
  • Sodium bentonite: This is a clay material that can be added to the dirt of the home to absorb water. This is not a permanent fix but can reduce the odds of water damage by lessening the amount of water. 

Waterproofing Steps

Excavation waterproofing starts with addressing the outermost layer of the basement and your foundation. Once the trench or perimeter is completed, the walls can then be cleaned and double-checked for potential cracks or openings. Hydraulic cement can be the best way to fix these holes as it will expand to fill every nook and cranny. From there, you can apply a sealant to all exterior walls and a waterproofing membrane. Both will act as moisture barriers, so the home will be more resistant to all moisture, even in the case of added pressure. Finally, you can use a drainage mat to encourage the water to move away from the home and into the trench. 

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating 

If you're looking for better moisture control, Clint Miller Exterminating has the service for you. We can help you install a vapor liner that will augment your current drainage efforts. This tear-resistant material covers the ground and serves as a moisture barrier for the most vulnerable parts of your home. Musky crawlspaces attract insects, encourage rot, and can gravely hurt impact your air quality. They also often go ignored simply because they're inconvenient to get to. If you want to be proactive, give us a call today. We can also help you seal your vents, select a dehumidifier, and set up the appliance so it will work properly in your home. 



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