Things You Should Know About Basement Waterproofing and Paint

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waterproofing your basement

One of the most unavoidable factors contributing towards the wear and tear of your house is the weather. Although we cannot control floods, storms and other weathering aspects, we can prevent and control the damages it brings. Areas of your house like the outer walls and the basement are areas that require special consideration to avoid weather, particularly water related, damages. Even the most expensive paint can rip off the walls and can suffer from the growth of mold, bacteria and fungi. Of course this isn’t pleasant and can easily be avoided. Here is the plausible way to waterproof your basement and use the most suitable paint to ensure the optimum condition of all corners of your house.

The cause of wetness

Before you decide the method to waterproof your basement you should find the root of the dampness. Moisture in the affected areas is usually accumulated due to pipe leakages, groundwater swelling, runoff water from melted snow and ice, condensation from humidity, floods and rain water. The moisture lodges itself onto the crevices and cracks of the basement causing wall cements and floor boards to uproot due to the water pressure in the interior structure of the basement. This results in mass reparations and a considerable sum of money to restore.

Before waterproofing your basement

The most important step that you must complete before you waterproof your basement is to get rid of the accumulated moisture and water in the area. Using a dehumidifier, stopping leakages, preventing pipe bursts, checking the water table, installing sump pumps and draining the ground water away from the house can definitely get rid of the extra water in your basement. Not only should you consider the best mitigating measures but you should also consider the amount of money you are willing to invest in the processes.

But there are suitable methods to water proof your basement and they include interior and exterior waterproofing.

Interior water proofing

Sealing the interior walls of your basement and preventing water damage with suitable wall coats might be the most effective way to waterproof the area.  But you should keep in mind that these coatings will only prove to be effective if it is used on walls with sealed cracks and crevices.

Concrete sealer

Applying a concrete sealer to the walls and the floors of your basement can prevent water from entering the pores of the surface to ensure an easy way to waterproof the basement. This cement- like coating dries on the walls to permanently adhere to the coated area. Although you must keep in mind that concrete sealers do not work well on previously painted areas. These sealers require brushes with Tampico bristles to ensure the best application.

Densifiers

Silicate or sand based concrete sealers are also a great coating to waterproof your basement. These sealers work well with painted walls and they also adhere permanently to the surface it is added to. Calcium silicate based concrete sealers only wear off if the concrete itself erodes.

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is the cheapest and the easiest method to waterproof your basement. Although this method is comparatively transitory, it is a quick method to temporarily waterproof the walls and give it an attractive enhancement. It comes in both water based and solvent based paints that you can choose according to your budget.

Epoxy Systems

Epoxy systems are similar to acrylic paints but they are more long-lasting and durable. Although it is more costly, it is an effective topical film membrane. An alternative to the epoxy systems is the polyethylene membrane which holds back the water to be drained by external pumps.

Exterior Waterproofing

The best way to water proof your basement is to prevent water from getting into the walls and the floors in the first place. By installing panels, creating a drainage system surrounding the house and excavating more than 5 feet below the foundation wall can create a drainage system that takes water away from the house. Although this is the most costly waterproofing method, it is the most long lasting and effective measure of them all.

While some wear and tear of paint is inevitable, you can take measures like waterproofing to extend the life of your paint job.

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