Exterior Basement Waterproofing
When it comes to preventing water from entering your basement in the first place, one would immediately consider some type of exterior basement waterproofing system. Over the years, these type of systems have not changed very much because they rely on easy access to the outside of the foundation. This means you can either have them installed during construction, which most people do not have the ability to do or you do not foresee a problem at the time, or you can dig out around the foundation to install them after you know there is a problem. Digging around the foundation takes time and we will have to remove any landscaping close to the building.
While we generally will recommend the use of a custom interior waterproofing, a properly installed exterior waterproofing product can protect the basement from water by diverting it away from any areas where it can become an issue and get it away from the basement area before it has a chance to get in.
Signs You Need Exterior Waterproofing
There are times when it can be obvious from the outside that you are in need of a waterproofing system. If you notice these signs outside but do not have water inside, it is an ideal time to start looking into an exterior solution.
- Water pooling next to the foundation when it rains or snow is melting
- Water coming into the basement through windows or over the top of the foundation
- Low areas in the yard have pools of water when it rains
- Water flowing toward the foundation instead of away from the home
Exterior Waterproofing Products
Some of the exterior waterproofing products we use are outlined below. While these are not all of the products we can use, they are the ones that tend to perform the best.
A French drain is usually installed in the lowest portion of your yard and directed away from the home. We typically use them in situations where yard grading and drainage are the primary problem that is causing the problems. These are hollow tubes that are surrounded with a membrane that allows water to enter while filtering out dirt and debris. They channel water away from the foundation and help keep it from entering the home.
A waterproofing membrane is a thick plastic or rubber sheet that is placed directly against the outside of the foundation wall. It is textured to allow water to flow past it, down and away from the foundation. These are generally coupled with a drain system to channel the water away from the home.
These drains are installed along the perimeter of the foundation, at the base of the footing. They are designed to work either on their own as a type of french drain or to collect the water from a waterproofing membrane. These drains will prevent water from pooling at the footer and direct it away from the home.
If you have noticed a water problem in your yard that may be in need of an exterior waterproofing solution, do not hesitate to contact us and have one of our experts come out and provide you with a free inspection. Please take a moment to fill out our contact form below or give us a call today. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your water control solution.