Waterproofing Your Basement: Everything You Need To Know

Waterproofing your basement is not an easy task, it's going to take some hard work on your part. You need to be sure you do all of the steps to ensure the work is done properly to prevent a water issue in the future. All of that work would be for naught if you fail to be thorough with your work. If you aren't up to the task, hire a professional to waterproof your basement properly. If you think you can handle the work on your own, read on for what you need to know in order to get the job done.

Seal Cracks

If you live in an older home, there's a good chance there are cracks in the basement walls. These may be superficial cracks, but the best way to be sure is to fill them in and you won't have to worry about them worsening later down the road. To seal the cracks, you must first clean out the cracks to remove loose debris. This loose debris can prevent the fill you are using from adhering properly and thus preventing the crack from being sealed. Chisel out the cracks and remove loose debris from inside. Vacuum out the crack with a shop vacuum extension hose and a stiff-bristle brush. Once cleaned up, you can begin filling in the cracks. Use concrete caulking that is waterproof to prevent any future moisture from wearing it away. Seal the cracks as needed and repeat for every single crack in your basement walls.

Clean The Walls

Clean the walls with an all-purpose cleaning agent. You need to remove the built-up dirt and grime from your basement walls, as well as any spider webs that are most likely lingering on your walls and along the edges of the walls. Clean as best as you can, as these areas are going to be painted with a waterproofing agent, and it will adhere best if these areas are clean. 

Apply The Waterproofing Paint

Find a basement waterproofing paint and apply it to your clean and repaired cement walls of your basement. Roll the paint onto the walls and cover the entire wall, all the way down to the seam where it meets the floor. Use a paintbrush to apply it to corners and any areas you aren't able to reach with the roller. Allow your first coat to dry and apply a second coat if needed. Be sure to ventilate the area, or use a fan to move the air about to prevent the fumes from causing you injury.

Waterproofing your basement can prevent a potential disaster from occurring and can lengthen the life of your basement walls. Hire a professional to do this work for you if it is just too much for you to do on your own, and to ensure it is done properly.

For further tips, reach out to a local basement waterproofing service.