As concrete is a porous substance, it may just be a matter of time until you have a leak in your home's foundation and you'll need to look into basement water proofing.
More recently, polymer-based products for basement water proofing have been introduced. These products do not disintegrate over time and often come with a lifetime guarantee. Polymer products are also easier to apply as they can be sprayed on concrete.
When contacting professionals about basement water proofing, compare the quotes of several different firms, and take special care to compare warranties.
There are also other ways to prevent water leaks in your basement. Ensure that rain gutters and downspouts are free of blockage. They should also extend well past the foundation of the house.
Using the right basement water proofing techniques can save you thousands of dollars in repair bills down the line.
During a heavy downpour, the ground water can exert considerable hydrostatic pressure causing your foundation to break down and flooding to occur in your house.
Fortunately, there are basement water proofing solutions to keep your basement dry. A short-term solution is to fix the leak with an interior wall sealant. This is not a permanent fix, as water is still seeping into the foundation from the outside. Eventually, the ground water will find another weak spot for a point of entry and you have another leak to fix.
Basement water proofing is more effective when the outside of the house is treated, preventing water from entering the foundation. Initially, these treatments consisted of an asphalt-based coating. However, the coating would break down over a period of 10-20 years and would eventually need additional treatments.