Advanced Basement’s Exterior Waterproofing
Exterior Waterproofing is an important preventative measure to keep water from entering into your home’s basement or crawl space area. Unlike interior methods that control water that enters your home, exterior waterproofing works to prevent water from entering in the first place. The soil around your home swells and contracts depending on the moisture level. This swelling and contracting can cause instability which leads to shifts and/or cracks in your basement’s foundation. Cracks can then allow water to enter your home. Not all cracks are visible and an added concern is that moisture and condensation buildup can also cause havoc to your home’s basement even if there are no cracks in your foundation. This happens due to the porous nature of the concrete itself which is not a good deterrent for moisture.
In fact, 60% of homes today have moisture problems, which is why waterproofing is so important. Waterproofing not only prevents damage to your home and property, but also adds value to your home. For those that may want to eventually sell their home, having a waterproofing measure in place is of great benefit to a potential buyer. The potential buyers will know that the home was taken care of, as well as knowing that they won’t have to worry about flooding or moisture problems in the future.
Methods of Waterproofing
There are several methods of exterior waterproofing. Advanced Basement’s techniques work to minimize the disruption to not only the landscaping, but also to the homeowner and the community as well. Advanced Basement does not use heavy equipment when completing exterior waterproofing projects. In fact, the average depth of excavation needed to effectively waterproof is only around eighteen inches.
Yard Drains (French Drains): French drains can not only be installed inside the basement of your home, but they can also be installed on the outside of your home. Exterior French drains simply direct water away from your home which prevents subsurface water from accumulating and adding stress to your foundation causing it to become weak and even cracked. Yard drains are easily and quickly installed by an experienced waterproofing expert and will cause minimal disruption to your lawn and landscape.
Driveway Drains: Driveway drains are another type of drainage, but vary in the fact that they are installed in a driveway. They serve the same purpose as a yard drain by directing water away from the home and towards a drainage area, oftentimes the water is directed to the street which makes its way to the sewer system in most residential cities. Driveway drains have metal grates that keep debris, such as leaves and sticks from clogging the drainage pathway. Depending on the path of the water, a driveway drain can be a great, attractive solution to prevent flooding and water damage to the home.
Downspout Lines: Downspout lines or downspout drains connect directly to your home’s downspout and direct water away from the home. If gutters and downspouts are overworked or inadequate for the amount of rainfall, then water will begin to accumulate in one or more areas of the soil causing swelling. This swelling of the soil can affect the stability of the home’s foundation and cause damage. In addition, the subsurface or surface water present may be able to slip in to the foundation through cracks which will cause interior flooding. Installing a downspout line is one preventative option a homeowner can take to prevent water seepage into the home and costly foundation damage. Downspout lines are easy to install and like other exterior waterproofing methods, cause minimal disruption to your home’s yard and landscaping.
If you are in need of an exterior waterproofing solution in the Pittsburgh area, then contact Advanced Basement. Their team of experts can help assess your needs and find a solution to protect your home from flooding and structural damage.