The Basics of Basement Waterproofing

The Basics of Basement Waterproofing

Moisture in a basement can be a severe problem for many homeowners. If you have moisture in your basement, it is time to determine which method of basement waterproofing will work best for your situation. Before you choose a solution for your home, you need to determine the extent of the moisture and water you have in your basement. There are three basic methods that can be used, each with their own success. Learning about waterproofing paints, exterior waterproofing and drainage waterproofing will help you choose the right solution for your home.


If you are the do-it-yourself type of homeowner or you are trying to stick to a tight budget, the waterproofing paints or sealants that can simply be rolled on are a good alternative. These paints are meant to reduce the amount of moisture that enters the basement but are only meant for areas that have minor moisture issues. They will not prevent major catastrophes when it comes to leaking in the basement.


Sometimes simple paint or sealants are not enough for the amount of moisture you get in your basement. For these cases, interior draining pipes are the best solution for basement waterproofing. While this solution is more costly than using waterproofing paints, it is also more successful in many cases. A trench will be dug to install a drain that connects to the sump pump to rid your basement of any water.

Help from the Outside

A more invasive way for basement waterproofing is to work from the outside. Exterior waterproofing is done by digging a trench around the exterior of the home. The exterior walls are then treated with a waterproof membrane. In addition to the membrane, drainage piping is also put in place to carry any excess water away from the basement and foundation of the home.

Basement waterproofing is essential for most homeowners who have a basement. Even if you only have a mild moisture problem, it can accumulate and become a big problem. If your problem is not too major, you can start with using waterproofing paints. If that does not solve your problem or your problem is a major one to start with, you should look into interior or exterior drains to effectively drain your basement and save your home from the ill effects of water damage.

The professionals at Armored Basement Waterproofing have more than 20 years of experience in basement waterproofing and foundation crack repair.