Home ownership is great but it can also be a stressful when something goes wrong. A good example of this is when water begins to leak into your basement or crawl space. Homes that are at or below sea level are more susceptible to water problems but you don't have to live with it. The latest technologies are designed to keep your home dry and the Massachusetts area is no exception to this.
Water seeping into your basement or crawl space can cause a number of problems from foundation damage, structural damage and mold problems. Most homes in the Boston area will find it necessary to have some form of foundation waterproofing done on their home. It is easier to have foundation waterproofing installed on a new home as it is being built but it is possible to waterproof the foundation on an older home.
Exterior waterproofing - This process entails applying a waterproofing membrane to the exterior wall of your homes foundation. Installing this after new construction means excavating around the perimeter of the home to access the exterior foundation. A waterproofing material is then applied to the foundation. In areas where the ground water table is high it might also require an external drainage system be installed to drain the water away from the homes foundation.
Interior waterproofing - Interior waterproofing can be as simple as applying a waterproofing membrane to the interior foundation and installing an interior drain. Typically this would be something like a french drain around the perimeter of the basement. Additionally, a sump pump will be needed to pump the water out and away from the homes foundation. A professional like the Foundation repair and waterproofing company will be able to identify the problem and develop the best solution based on your situation. Homes with a crawl space can have water and moisture problems too. In this case, a crawl space encapsulation may be the best solution.
If you believe you have a water problem in your basement or the crawl space of your home it would be a good idea to contact a professional foundation and waterproofing contractor and ask them to provide you with an estimate. Most contractors offer free estimates and they can provide you with a solution and in depth information about the problem and solution.
This video offers a great animation to help you better understand how an interior waterproofing system is works to keep the water out of your home.
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