Want to protect your home from leaks in the long-term? There are dozens of waterproofing solutions available to Colorado residents, but only some of them are permanent. If you are looking for something that’s going to last you a long while, it’s best to reach out to your local professionals to see what options you have on the table.
Let’s explore the most common and longest-lasting waterproofing solutions so you can discuss these options with your local contractor of choice.
Waterproofing Your Home: Why Does It Matter?
If you’re new to the housing market, or if you’ve never lived in a place with serious rainstorms before, you might not consider waterproofing your home an immediate necessity. However, if you’re moving to Denver, CO, you’re going to need that kind of extra protection. Denver has more than its fair share of rain and snowstorms. So come spring and fall, you’re going to want something in place to keep your basement from turning into an indoor swimming pool.
What causes your basement to flood in the first place? It’s rarely one large event, like snowmelt. Rather, your home is likely to develop a leak as a result of several small events. For example: say it rains several times over the course of a Colorado spring. As the rain gathers, more and more water will reach the inside of your home where it’ll come into contact with your structural supports.
That water will make it more difficult for you to temperature control your home while also placing your foundation under excessive stress. That stress is literal, too – your foundation will rapidly expand and contract on a molecular level if left without waterproofing protections. Those expansions and contractions will, in turn, cause cracks to form in your basement, and leaks will form from those cracks.
Comparatively, if you waterproof your basement and foundation, you can keep water from reaching your temperamental materials and prevent cracks from forming in the first place.
What Common Waterproofing Solutions Can You Choose From?
Where, though, should you start when it comes to your waterproofing options?
The options that’ll serve you best will depend entirely on your home. You’ll need to take your home’s size and age into account, among other details. While you can start researching potential solutions on your own time, it’s often best to work with a professional foundation and basement repair contractor. These contractors will be able to inspect your home and offer you a free quote on potential services.
That said, it is worth knowing which solutions are most prevalent in Denver, CO, homes. Your contractor will likely be able to offer you your choice of the following solutions:
- Interior drainage for collecting seeping water
- Sump pumps for pumping this water out of the basement
- Hydrophobic insulation for keeping your home warm and dry
- Underground drainage or discharge lines for re-directing water away from your home
- Dehumidifiers for better air quality and controlling moisture and humidity
- Vapor barriers for preventing water and vapor intrusion
Which Waterproofing Solutions Are Permanent?
The unfortunate news is that few waterproofing solutions are permanent. There are, however, some more extreme options that will protect your home from leaks and water damage in the long-term. These are foundation repair options that primarily consist of piering.
During the piering process, contractors will dig around your home and then dig deeper, forming columns that can bear the weight of your home where your foundation can’t. Some of the most common types of piering include:
- Push Piers – The most commonly used piers, these are driven down to more stable soil strata under the settling foundation to better support the home. They also can help lift the home back to level.
- Helical Piers – This type of pier that is “screwed” into the ground is the best used for minor to medium foundation damage. They are ideal for lighter structures including porches, patios, and chimneys.
- Slab Piers – These piers are used specifically for concrete slab foundation stabilization and lifting.
- Other Wall Repair and Reinforcement Systems – Wall cracking and damage can vary, so we provide other repair options, as well. Each system permanently stabilizes the walls and protects them from any more cracking or inward bowing. Wall Anchors and IntelliBrace beams work best on walls in more severe disrepair, and their unique design allows them to be tightened for potential wall repair. Carbon Fiber supports are more suited for less severely cracking or tilting walls, and they hold the walls in their current positions.
Even if you are looking for a permanent solution, you won’t want to jump to piering without consulting a professional. Talk to the representatives in your area about your degree of water or structural damage and what can be done to protect your home. You may find that stacking some solutions can help your home stay safe and dry through the worst of Colorado’s changing seasons.
When in doubt, though, don’t wait to waterproof and repair your home. You’re going to want to protect it as best you can from Colorado’s variable weather.
Ready to explore your waterproofing options? Reach out to the professional foundation and basement repair contractors in your area today for a free inspection and repair quote.