Moisture in the basement is prevalent in the United States. This moisture comes from various sources, such as the surface beneath, humidity and rain. In a place such as Colorado Springs, CO, where flash floods are frequent, basement moisture can be a real nightmare.
As a homeowner, waterproofing the space under your main living area can not only safeguard your property against damage but also improve the air circulating in your living space, protect your family from related health complications and also increase the value of your home.
There are different ways to waterproof your home and your basement, and here are the top 9 products for basement waterproofing:
1. Interior drainage. Water can find its way into your house through porous block walls and cracks created by hydrostatic pressure. In such a case, interior perimeter drainage can help control water and moisture in the basement. This method involves the excavation of the concrete to install perforated drain tiles and drain rock beneath the slab. This system is connected to a sump pump to direct the water away. The benefit of this method is that it is cost-effective and efficient for areas that have hydrostatic pressure issues.
2. Sump pumps. Both interior drainage systems require sump pumps to draw water away from the foundation. For it to work, you need to have a sump pit to store water collected by the interior drainage system. This water is then pumped out of the basement once it reaches a specific level. Sump pumps are connected to drain tiles at the lowest level of the waterproofing system, and a float activator or pressure sensor triggers the pumping system. Water enters through a filter trap and leaves through a discharge pipe. The advantage of sump pumps is that they work automatically, even when you’re asleep or on vacation.
3. Dehumidifiers. Left unchecked, any high humidity or moisture can cause problems. A dehumidifier can bring down humidity levels below 50 percent and keep the basement dry. Usually, it comes with a drain hose that channels moisture outside your house, preventing the growth of mold in the space beneath. When shopping, go for dehumidifiers that have air filters as they can trap dust and improve the quality of air circulating in your home. We also recommend a unit that self-drains into the perimeter drainage or sump pump system so there are no buckets or reservoirs to have to worry about emptying.
4. Exterior drainage (downspouts). You can’t talk about protecting your basement without mentioning gutters and downspouts. These help channel rainwater from the roof to your yard drains. In doing so, they stop rainwater from running down your walls and collecting on the perimeter of your home.
5. Basement windows. They are primarily installed to let light into the basement, which is an important step toward maintaining cleanliness in the below the ground area of your home. Basement egress windows can also serve as emergency exits in addition to adding beauty to space beneath. However, old windows can be a source of moisture in the basement. If your windows have cracks, rotting wood or condensed moisture, you need to start thinking about replacing them with new ones or an alternative window egress. If the windows are leaking, consider hiring an expert to help with re-caulking.
6. Wall coverings/vapor barriers. Some people use plastic sheets to create a vapor barrier that stops moisture from reaching the basement foundation and walls. The polyurethane sheet offers the best protection from moisture. Our CrawlSeal™ liner typically is used for crawl space encapsulation, but it also has other practical applications in the basement, as well.
7. Basement insulation. Insulation not only keeps your basement dry but also can help keep the entire house warm, especially during winter. Foamboard, fiberglass and spray foam are some of the most common insulation materials. The International Residential Code recommends closed-cell spray polyurethane foam, polyisocyanurate rigid foam, XPS, or EPS for interior insulation. Insulation only works if you have a proper drainage system in place. Unlike other waterproofing systems, insulation does not require excavation and hence saves time.
8. Frozen discharge line protection. During winter, discharge lines can freeze and clog causing your basement to flood. Installing a freeze relief device ensures that the discharge line works as it should. In addition, you need an expert to inspect whether your sump pump is sabotaging the drainage system.
9. Grated Drain Pipe. If your home is threatened by floods, you’ll need to get a system that stops flooding right from the outer entryway or doorway. A grated drainage pipe can serve this purpose really well. It works by accepting water from the floor and channeling to your perimeter drainage system, directing it to your sump pump. You can lay it across your floor preferably on the inside of the door to stop debris from getting in and clogging it.
Are you looking for basement waterproofing solutions in Colorado? Get in touch with the experts at CBS. We’re happy to carry out a quick inspection of your basement and offer you free basement waterproofing estimates.