Waterproofing your basement is a key part of having a strong, long-lasting, and safe home. If you want your home to keep its strength, you need to waterproof your basement. As with many home improvement projects; there are seemingly endless options to choose from when it comes to waterproofing your basement. Numerous products, materials, and systems attempt to waterproof basements using different methods with varying levels of success. In this article, we’re going to look at some of these basement waterproofing methods and compare them.
Interior vs. Exterior
First, let’s start with the difference between interior and exterior basement waterproofing. Every waterproofing system or product falls in either the interior (applied to the inside of your basement) or exterior (applied to the outside of your basement wall) variety. Exterior waterproofing is more labor-intensive because it requires excavation, heavy equipment, and professional installation. Because of this, exterior waterproofing is much more expensive, costing 5 to 10 times more than other methods. Interior waterproofing involves coatings, drains, or pumps to either keep water out of your basement or remove it once it gets in. Interior waterproofing is often less labor intensive and more affordable, but choosing the correct method for your basement is very important. Now that you know the big differences between interior and exterior waterproofing, let’s look at some of the specific methods.
Excavation involves digging around your home and applying a rubber sheet membrane to the outside of your foundation to keep surrounding groundwater from getting into your basement through the walls and floor. Excavation is rather costly and will certainly require a higher cost than other waterproofing methods.
This is the method of pouring Sodium Bentonite clay into the area around your home as a barrier to block water from getting into your basement. This method is less expensive than excavation, but is rather outdated and can lead to drainage issues down the road.
French Drain systems use a pre-dug drain and sump pump to remove water from your basement once it gets there. This waterproofing system doesn’t stop water from getting into your basement, but it does create a system to get the water back out to prevent permanent basement flooding. These systems are functional, but you can’t expect to finish your basement whenever you allow water to intrude in the first place.
The SANI-TRED® Solution
SANI-TRED® is a one-of-a-kind liquid rubber concrete coating that is applied directly to your basement walls and floor to keep water from getting into your house. The SANI-TRED® system molecularly bonds to your basement’s concrete surfaces, hardens (while maintaining 590% elongation), and stops water from getting into your basement. Our 3 part waterproofing system coats and protects your basement like no other product on the market and after a single successful application; your basement will be waterproof PERMANENTLY. Instead of exterior rubber barriers that are expensive and still susceptible to rips, clay that only fixes the problem temporarily, or drains that let water in and then pump it back out, SANI-TRED® is a permanent waterproofing solution that stops water from entering your basement, keeping it dry and ready to be finished. If you’re looking for a basement waterproofing solution like none other, then you want SANI-TRED®. Nothing else matches up to the superior power and protection of SANI-TRED®.
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