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.