Damp can cause serious problems in your basement and it can also reduce the value of your property should you wish to sell it. Waterproofing your basement can therefore be a very sensible home improvement project to undertake. Basement waterproofing involves both sealers that prevent water from getting into your basement and drainage solution to draw water away from your basement.
Any underground structure such as a basement needs to be waterproofed to a certain extent if damp is to be avoided. Water can lead to serious structural damage in your basement. It can crack the foundation walls, for example. Dampness in your basement is also very undesirable. It can lead to decay and mold in your home. The severity of the effects of water in the basement means that signs of damp in this part of the house will be very off-putting for any potential buyers who you may be trying to encourage to buy the property.
If your basement is experiencing water-related problems and you need to improve its waterproofing, then the place to start is outside your property. You should try to work out where the water is coming from and see if there is a way to direct it away from your basement. Installing a drainage system outside your house can help to prevent water entering the basement. As well as adding drainage on the ground, you may need to extend the gutters on your property in order to ensure that they are directing water well away from the house. It is also possible to install drainage inside the basement in order to channel water away, although this will not prevent water from entering the basement.
In some cases, the walls and floor of the basement may need to be sealed in order to prevent water from passing through them. Sealants can prevent humidity from rising too high inside the basement. Waterproofing your basement with a sealant is relatively easy. Sealants such as epoxy and latex are available for use in the home, but you can also seal the walls and floor using cement. The sealant needs to be applied to the entire surface to prevent water from entering.
If your basement has been suffering from damp and the foundation walls have been damaged, then it is important to ensure that the cracks are filled in. If there are any large cracks then you may want to hire a professional to do this for you, but if there are only hairline cracks, you can fill them in yourself with some cement. Larger cracks will need to be cleaned out and patched up.