4 Tips To Improve The Exterior Waterproofing Of New Basement Foundations To Prevent Future Damage

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If you are building a new home or updating the exterior waterproofing of a basement, you want to ensure that the job is done right. You will also want to choose the right improvements to help prevent problems with damage. The following tips will help improve the exterior waterproofing system of your home to prevent future damage:

1. Starting Your Foundation Exterior Waterproofing with A Good French Drain System

Before you even begin with the sealants and waterproofing, you want to make sure that your foundation has good drainage. French drain systems are the best solutions to provide the water a place to go as it puts pressure on the foundation walls. These drainage systems help reduce static water pressure and other water problems associated with poor drainage around your home.

2. Using A Primary Layer of Conventional Sealants to Waterproof Basement Foundation Materials

The exterior of your home's foundation is going to need several layers of waterproofing materials to keep the basement dry. This should start with a base coat of conventional asphalt or synthetic sealant coatings. These waterproof coatings will provide the base material of the waterproofing system that is needed for the exterior of your home.

3. Installing Special Layers of Geotextile Materials to Help Prevent Problems with Static Pressure

There are also special layers of geotextile materials that need to be installed on the foundation. These materials provide insulation, as well as help displace static pressure that is caused by the groundwater that filters against foundation walls. This may be a layer of foam-like materials and special textured membrane materials.

4. Using Waterproofing and Basement Interior Drainage as the Second Line of Defense Against Water Problems

Lastly, you will also want to make sure the interior of the basement has a waterproofing design, which is just as important as the exterior systems. These systems often start with interior drainage pipes and sump pumps. The interior waterproofing design also includes special wall finishes or sealants that are applied to exterior walls. The interior systems also require sump pumps that remove water from wells that may be used for sanitary waste from plumbing as well as water from the drainage system. 

These are some tips that will help improve the exterior waterproofing of your home. If you need help with some of choosing the right waterproofing solutions and improvements for the exterior of your home, contact an exterior waterproofing service and talk to them about some of these improvements.

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