Just thinking about basement waterproofing puts me on edge. Why? Because my basement had all kinds of weird water problems. If you're anything like me then you really can't imagine finishing your own basement until you've got this whole water issue under control.
Moisture in the basement is a huge problem. But there are answers and they won't cost your thousands of dollars.
Okay, so you've done all of the exterior waterproofing steps and you still have some water seepage through your basement walls. What do you do? Does basement waterproofing paint really work? Well.... that depends. Read this post to see if it's right for your basement.
Before you spend a single dollar on getting water our of your basement - follow these tips to keep it from getting in there in the first place. Since executing these exterior basement waterproofing tips - my sump pump hasn't gone off a single time. Not even once.
No cracks? You're telling me your basement is crack free? Maybe, maybe not. Here are 3 places water might try sneak into your basement. These are all things you can fix from the inside of your basement. Don't let water be the boss of you! Own that dry basement!
If you live in a colder climate (like Michigan, Canada or the North Pole) or if you're really worried about moisture problems on your basement walls you might want to consider using rigid foam board to insulate your basement walls. This goes up before you do your framing.
Adam installed it in his basement and wrote this article to take us through the installation process and pluses and minuses of using it.
Once you've done the interior and exterior waterproofing steps you probably will still want a dehumidifier for your basement. To make sure you get a good we wrote this review of our current favorite.
Sump pumps suck. It's basically admitting to the universe that you are expecting to get screwed over. But... you will most likely need one and in that case you want to do it right. BEFORE finishing your basement, you want to make sure you can handle any basement floods that come your way.
We're just getting started with this basement waterproofing content. Adam is writing a lot of the content. You are going to love his writing style, cause it's just like mine!
If you have a basement waterproofing question please leave a comment below.
Cheers - Jason