4 Ways to Waterproof a Basement
There are many ways to waterproof a basement, but in this post I’m going to share 4 of them. I’m dividing the different methods into two categories interior and exterior.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
The concept of exterior basement waterproofing is pretty self explanatory, but to be sure we are all on the same page, exterior basement waterproofing is waterproofing that is done around the exterior of your foundation.
If you are lucky enough to not have a problem with a high water table, you may be able to get away with just managing your rainwater better. Since this method is the cheapest and easiest to accomplish, this method should be your first step to basement waterproofing/basement water management. In some cases better management of rainwater will leave you with a dry basement. Here are 3 ways to manage the rainwater that flows off your roof and into your foundation.
- Install gutters
- Install a gutter drain system – This will help you to get the water away from your foundation and further into your yard or other drainage field.
- Create a french drain system to help keep other access water away from your foundation.
Traditional Exterior Excavation and Waterproofing
Commonly known just as external basement waterproofing, this method is probably the most expensive since it requires excavation around the foundation