Exterior Basement Waterproofing
The best way to waterproof your basement is to ensure that you have adequate exterior waterproofing. Proper exterior waterproofing exists to keep your foundation from getting wet, while ideal, the likelihood of it being fool proof is slim to none. The climate and weather conditions outside are unpredictable, therefore it is important to have multilevel basement waterproofing systems. Your outdoor waterproofing system is subject to changing extremes in weather, temperatures, soil conditions, pests, landscaping errors, and even your neighbor’s poor choices. There are so many things that may potentially happen to your outdoor waterproofing system that the warranties on these systems don’t tend do much or last any significant amount of time.
The most important time to have an exterior waterproofing system is during the construction of a home. For anyone who has dealt in construction you know the more time something takes, the more it costs. When laying a new foundation, exterior waterproofing can make the difference, maximizing the openness of the foundation. Our team at Superior Waterproofing believes that going the extra mile during construction shouldn’t include both interior and exterior waterproofing systems to protect your new home. Exterior waterproofing is short-term, call to speak to one of our live agents today to find out what the best option for your home is.
At Superior Waterproofing, our team of trained experts has been installing interior and exterior waterproofing systems since 2005. Exterior waterproofing is not effective to protect your entire home long term, your home would still require a complete interior waterproofing system; this would include a wall liner, a drain tile, and a sump pump for both inside and outside your home. Once the sealant and drain tile are installed outside, we would cover everything up with stone and soil. The natural order of things is that the soil will settle, and ultimately the drain tile will clog, even in the best of circumstances. If you want a long-term solution, it can be accomplished by doing both, exterior and interior together, or even by interior methods alone.
After a while, your drain tile will inevitably clog, when this happens your foundation will be pressurized. This means that the water will pool and sit around your home looking for a weak spot to enter. Most often, when retrofitting existing homes with exterior waterproofing, obstacles prevent 100% of the foundation from being waterproofed (think of driveways, garages, additions, etc.) That means that the water is simply going to find the areas it wasn’t leaking before and start leaking! This means that you have just spent quite a bit of money to move your leak from point A to point B.
From a purely cost standpoint, consider that not only does waterproofing cost more in terms of material quality in exterior products, but you have excavation costs, landscaping costs, and much more. Oftentimes, exterior work can be 3 or 4 times more expensive than interior work.
From a structural standpoint, homes that have cracks in the walls may not be good candidates for excavation and exterior repair. The reason is that the wall, while it may be stable still, is not new. When you subject an old wall to brand new soil pressure, that has already cracked from the previous pressure, it can become further compromised. Those cracks can widen, the walls can bow inwards, and in some cases, it can even result in severe damage. This can take as little as a few weeks, or as much as a few years. But the risk is real and can potentially cost thousands. Interior waterproofing can often mitigate this concern.
If you've got a home under construction or are interested in installing an exterior waterproofing solution, you can contact our experts online or give us a call at 920-451-1914 to schedule a consultation.