types of basement waterproofing systems
In this post, we will discuss 4 types of basement waterproofing systems. Your basement could very well be a clean, dry, odor-free extra living space for your home. Unfortunately, basements also have the potential to be just the opposite of the basement of your dreams.

The truth is your basement is probably the most likely space in your home that is susceptible to moisture, mold, and bugs. If you are unfortunate enough, your basement walls may even show signs of structural damage. Some signs of structural damage are stair-stepped pattern cracks in your foundation or crumbling walls.

If you are experiencing any type of dampness or your basement smells like your great-aunt’s old musty basement or you see signs of foundation structural damage, you will need some sort of basement waterproofing system to alleviate your problem.

There are at least 4 types of basement waterproofing systems. Some may need to be installed by a professional basement waterproofing company while others can be a do-it-yourself project. The basement waterproofing system that you need will depend on the severity of your basement problem. Check out the types of basement waterproofing methods below.

The 4 Types of Basement Waterproofing Methods


  1. Exterior water management – This would be the first thing a homeowner should do or at least look into to ensure that their basement is moisture/mildew free. The first place to look is at the gutters. Does your home even have gutters? If your home has gutters, are they clear of debris and working properly? If so, how is your soil graded next to your house? Rainwater should flow away from your foundation and not towards it. Some homes only need the rainwater to be managed properly to fix your basement woes.
  2. Basement waterproofing paint – can sometimes help prevent minor basement moisture issues. The thing about using paints like Drylok and others is most require that your basement wall be clean and paint free. Many basement walls have at some point been painted over rendering this method not as effective. Some claim that the waterproofing paints/sealants shouldn’t be used at all.
  3. Interior basement french drain system – Interior french drains can help alleviate hydrostatic pressure, lower the humidity/moisture level in your basement, and get you one step closer to having the usable basement space that you have always wanted. Interior French drain systems are cheaper to install than exterior systems and in some cases are the only waterproofing option.
  4. Exterior basement waterproofing systems – are the most costly basement waterproofing system. The process includes digging around the exterior of your home. Contractors will dig all the way to the footer, either coat your foundation with a waterproof substance or attache a membrane around the entire foundation. This method is the most intrusive method. That will definitely disrupt your landscaping.
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Which Basement Waterproofing Systems Are Best for Me?


You may be asking which basement waterproofing systems are best for me? That question could likely be answered by asking another question. How big of a problem do you have? If you don’t have signs of a damaged foundation, crumbling walls, stair-step cracks, and if you don’t have standing water in your basement, either exterior water management or basement waterproofing paint may be the right choice for you. Both of these options can be DIY methods.

As stated earlier exterior water management is the very first place to start. Do what you can to divert rainwater away from your foundation. You may need to hire a company to install or fix your gutters. We personally used the shallow French drain method around the exterior foundation and found good results. Start here first.

If you don’t see results from the above approach or you are simply not handy, reach out to a basement waterproofing contractor near you by searching our list of highly-rated basement waterproofing companies in your area.

This leads us to the last two systems, interior basement waterproofing is the most affordable and the least intrusive. I wouldn’t personally try this method as a DIYer unless you are extremely handy. The exterior waterproofing system is definitely not something you will want to try to do yourself. It is extremely hard work, it can be very dangerous, and you risk the chance of damaging your foundation especially if you tend to use heavy equipment. Both of these methods will help you to have a cleaner, dryer, safer, and useable basement space.

4 Types of Basement Waterproofing Systems Conclusion


The low hanging fruit of basement waterproofing is to first divert the rainwater away from your home with exterior water management. Look into basement waterproofing paints, if your basement is a dry, clean, paint-free canvas, this may be the system that is right for you. If these two types don’t solve your problem or if you are way over your head with foundation damage or major basement leaks, reach out to one or more of the basement waterproofing companies that are part of our network to get a free quote.

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