Is Interior Waterproofing Different from Exterior Waterproofing?
As a homeowner, the state of your home is important to you. Not only because
it’s a big financial investment, but also because it is your home.
Remember how excited you were the day you signed on the dotted line and
received your keys? Why wouldn’t you put in the time and effort
to make sure your home is in nearly perfect condition?
If you live in an area prone to heavy rainfall, snowstorms and heavy snow
melts, then you are aware of the damage this kind of weather can bring
to your home and your basement. Being the responsible homeowner that you
are, you have decided to invest in basement waterproofing for your home.
But there are so many options to choose from and there are various methods
of basement waterproofing to think about. You also have to think about
hiring a professional to do the job for you. And honestly, is interior
waterproofing different from exterior waterproofing? Well, let’s
find out shall we?
The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Waterproofing
Exterior waterproofing is the first defense against water and consists
of gutters and downspouts that collect water and lead it away from your
home. This is why it is so important to always keep your gutters clean.
Another important part of exterior waterproofing includes a waterproof
membrane, which is installed around the foundation of your home to seal
out moisture so that the concrete doesn’t absorb it, crack and allow
leaks. Next is an exterior drainage system, like a French drain. This
system can require some work, because it requires excavation along the
foundation of the home.
Drain tiles are fitted into the trench around the home, surrounded by gravel
and then the entire system is covered with soil. The drain tiles will
carry water away from the foundation before it has a chance to enter the
basement. Although this method does involve some excavation, it can be
well worth it.
Exterior waterproofing is also more expensive than interior waterproofing,
because it requires more work and more material, but it efficiently stops
water from getting close to the foundation of your home. When your foundation
stays dry, it doesn’t get weak and damaged and it won’t crack
to allow water leaks inside your basement or your home. So in turn, a
pricy exterior waterproofing system ends up being reasonable, because
it saves you money in the long run.
Interior waterproofing makes sure that water that leaks into the basement
is re-routed out and away from the home. These interior drainage systems
are made up of pipes and drains that catch leaks or are installed under
the foundation to collect excess groundwater. This excess water is directed
to a sump pit, which is basically a large basin that stores water in your
basement. Then comes a sump pump, which is a water pump that sits inside
the sump pit and pumps water out of the basement and away from your home.
Sump pumps usually begin automatically pumping water when it reaches a
certain level in the sump pit. Most sump pumps come with a back-up battery
so they can continue working in case of a power outage or during a severe storm.
Another method of interior waterproofing is made up of vapor barriers.
These are made up of plastic or foil sheets and are installed along the
walls of your basement to seal out moisture. Apart from an interior drainage
system, interior waterproofing also works to seal any cracks and leaks
that are letting water into the basement. These can easily be sealed so
that they don’t allow any moisture or humidity to accumulate in
your home. Investing in a good interior waterproofing system can greatly
reduce the risk of a flood in your basement. These drainage systems are
easy to install and generally cost less than exterior waterproofing systems.
Interior and exterior waterproofing both have their pros and cons. Interior
waterproofing can only be used to remove water that has already accumulated
in your basement, so they are not effective at preventing water from coming
getting into the basement in the first place. Exterior waterproofing can
be expensive, but it keeps water away from your foundation and from getting
inside your home or into your basement. Regardless of the method you decide
on, what’s important is that you are making the effort to keep your
home warm and dry. If you have any questions about waterproofing methods,
or if you are interested in interior and exterior waterproofing for your
home, contact the experts at Triad Basement Waterproofing for more information.