Average Costs

Average Costs Of Waterproofing

Average Costs $1,800

The first thing to keep in mind when considering waterproofing services is your motivation behind needing or wanting the services.

Is it for preventive measures or do you already have a problem?

If you have clogged gutters and downspouts then a gutter cleaning company will need to be called in.

If you have a condensation issue then the main problem is probably the result of poor ventilation. If there is no heating or air conditioning in the basement, then installing a dehumidifier is a simple fix. If it is your water pipes that require insulation.

Once you figure out what the problem is or your main motivation behind investing in  waterproofing you will be able to make better decisions about the services you need and what you can pay for.

Basic Information

Why Waterproofing Works

Protect The Foundation
The foundation of your house or building should be sturdy enough to stand the test of time. If your basement is leaky or has water damage, it breaks and weakens the foundation of your house. By waterproofing your basement, you can be sure that your foundation remains strong and safe.

Personal Belongings  
A wet basement can damage personal belongings and other valuables stored in it. If you waterproof your basement, you can be sure that your personal belongings are safe from getting wet or moldy.

Property Values
A house is a great investment. A well-maintained house has higher value. If your house has a leaky basement, it decreases its value.

Prevent Mold 
Damp areas like leaky basements are the breeding ground for mildew, mold. If these things are present in your basement, it can lead to several health issues for you and your family. 

Insect Infestations
A cold damp basement in also a breeding ground for pest control problems. A dry warm basement can help prevent insect infestations.

Different Types Of Waterproofing

Cracks and Holes
Regardless of whether you are doing interior of exterior waterproofing, you have no choice but to repair cracks and holes. Patching them can prove challenging to say the least. For interior  waterproofing, you have to brush away loose concrete to get a decent surface. You will need to use concrete to fill the holes and cracks, then smooth it out. The process is time-consuming and complicated. Exterior basement waterproofing is done in such a way that cracks and holes are not much of a problem.

Skin Shielding
Skin shielding is used only with exterior waterproofing. Essentially, a skin is placed over the exterior wall after waterproofing paint has been applied. The skin acts as a moisture barrier between the cool soil and the excess water. The skin is rubberized and has a honeycomb design.

Waterproofing Paint
Interior and exterior waterproofing will always utilize waterproofing paint. The paint is applied just like any other kind of paint. It is typically latex based and does not allow water to adhere to it or degrade it over time. Exterior waterproofing paint is more durable than interior waterproofing paint due to the constant bombardment of moisture and rain that is must withstand.

Water Drainage
Creating water drainage is an important part of waterproofing. In order to keep the interior of the  dry, you need to install a drainage system outside of your home. There are many ways that it can be done, even with the simple pipes like downspouts. Another way is to create a trench at the base of the exterior wall and place a drain pipe inside the trench, and have it connect to the exterior plumbing line. It will keep water away from the concrete foundation and out of the home.

Water Sock
When it comes to exterior waterproofing, the water sock is a popular choice among builders. The water sock is a round piece of absorbent material wrapped in a mesh. The land around the home is excavated to the base of the foundation. A trench is dug and filled with 1-inch of sand. The water sock is set in the sand and covered with gravel. The trench is dug around the perimeter of the property and then the earth is backfilled over the water sock before it is leveled. When it rains, the water soaks through the ground and reaches the gravel. The water filters through the gravel to the water sock, where it is stored. Over time, the water is slowly released back into the ground.

Preventive Waterproofing Measures

A home that hasn’t been waterproofed is subject to water damage, which can lead to mold & mildew, foundation problems, expensive repairs and heath problems. If you live in an area that gets heavy rainfall, or snow then you may want to consider some advice to help prevent water from getting into your home.

Gutter Cleaning
If your gutters are clogged, they will begin to overflow even during a light rainstorm. Over time, these overflows will pool up around the foundation of your home, eventually leaking into your basement and causing water damage. In heavy rainfalls, clogged gutters will quickly cause flooding and damage to your home’s foundation and basement. Having the gutter system cleaned at least per year will remove leaves, twigs, dirt, and other debris from your gutters to ensure the smooth flow of water through them. It is helpful to  install leaf guards and downspout extenders that will direct water at least ten feet from your home.

Landscape Slope
Although you may think this is drastic; it is still better than having water intruding into your home. The grade, or slope, of the ground around your house plays a significant role in how water flows during a rainstorm or a spring melt off of a heavy snow season. During light rain, most water is absorbed into the earth, or evaporates from surfaces. But during a heavy rain, the water will collect in pools or run down slopes. If the ground around your house is sloped towards your home, this means that the water will run down the slope directly into the basement of your home. The soil or dirt around your home should be pitched, allowing water to drain away from your home instead of towards it. Add soil to your yard if necessary to create the correct slope away from your home.

Trees Service
Trees have an aggressive root system that can cause problems with the foundation of your home, leading to cracks, holes, and damage through which water can enter. Trees should be planted at least 20 feet from your home to prevent their roots from damaging your foundation. 

Having a lush landscape not only adds to the curb appeal of your home and but can really add to your homes waterproofing plan. Adding thick grass and shrubs around your home's exterior will help absorb the water.

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