Waterproofing a basement before finishing it

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Posted by Matthew Stock on Friday, May 16, 2014.

A finished basement is the dream of many homeowners. Sometimes it’s a necessity – a way to create badly needed living space for a growing family. Other times it’s a luxury – a den, a family room, a playroom, a “man cave.”

No matter the intended end use for finished basement space, the job of turning raw belowground square footage into finished, livable, useful space is a big one. Whether done by a professional or as a DIY project, remodeling a basement takes a lot of time, a lot of work and a lot of money.

Given this major investment in the project it is critical that the basement be in great condition before any work starts and that usually means that it is dry with no indications of seepage. Nothing will ruin a beautiful remodeling job like soaked carpets, moldy drywall and damaged furniture so it is essential that a basement be fully waterproofed before any finishing work begins.

Of course, the...

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After 60 years our brick walls began to pass moisture by a fair amount. The walls were never waterproofed and were multiple layers of brick. We don't have sumps, but the basement is a finished area. We tried drylok-type remedies but they didn't gelp much.

We finally hired a contractor to put a waterproof membrane on the exterior of the walls and install a drain at the base.

If you're wanting to finish the basement and get a good long term solution, I would recommend something similar for your house.

You don't have to do the whole thing at once mind you, but half in one go would be a good start.

The project took the contractor a few days as he had to dig to the base of the wall to be able to apply the membrane. If you, or someone you know, is extremely competent with a backhoe you could do it yourself and save a lot of money - but you better be good. Basement walls shouldn't be slammed...

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Simple steps to prepare your basement for finishing

It is important to waterproof your Delaware & Maryland basement before any remodeling work is done. The basement remodeling process with DryZone, LLC is an easy, enjoyable one that we make sure we do right the first time.

We want to help you maximize the value, comfort, and enjoyment of your home by upgrading your basement into an exciting new living area. At DryZone, LLC, we address the issues listed below before starting any basement finishing project.

Call us today for a free estimate in Dover, Pike Creek, Newark or areas nearby.

Five steps to take before starting your basement finishing project

Finishing a basement properly requires a dry, clean space and long-lasting, top-quality materials. A little planning and preparation beforehand can save you a bundle of money (and big headaches) several years down the road.

Address all sources of standing water

If your basement is...

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Just thinking about basement waterproofing puts me on edge. Why? Because my basement had all kinds of weird water problems. If you're anything like me then you really can't imagine finishing your own basement until you've got this whole water issue under control.

Moisture in the basement is a huge problem. But there are answers and they won't cost your thousands of dollars.

Basement Waterproofing Paint

Okay, so you've done all of the exterior waterproofing steps and you still have some water seepage through your basement walls. What do you do? Does basement waterproofing paint really work? Well.... that depends. Read this post to see if it's right for your basement.

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

Before you spend a single dollar on getting water our of your basement - follow these tips to keep it from getting in there in the first place. Since executing these exterior basement waterproofing tips - my sump pump hasn't gone off a...

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For many homeowners, a finished basement is on the list of goal projects. A finished basement both increases living space and adds to home value. Plus, it is exciting to have space in the home that can be turned into anything you wish. Think: play room, family room, man cave, home bar, den, wine cellar, game room, home gym, art studio, music practice space, yoga studio, second kitchen, extra bedroom, sports memorabilia showcase, craft room – the list goes on. And sometimes it can be a combination space. But before a basement can be finished, you must think about basement waterproofing.

Typically, depending on the area in which you live, it costs anywhere from $30 – $75 per square foot to finish a basement. It’s expensive to turn a raw and unfinished space into living quarters – especially a space that is underground. Some folks hire a professional contractor, others take it on as a do it yourself project. Either way, it’s a big job. It’s an extremely important one, too. It...

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Russian police were given the shock of their lives when they turned up to search a home for weapons - and came across a crocodile lurking in the basement.

Officers arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of the illegal possession of weapons and searched his home in Peterhof for guns and explosives in November when they stumbled upon the killer reptile in the bottom of the apartment building.

The beast crept out of the muddy pool as officers made their way through the dark basement, before it caught sight of them and shot back into the water.

A statement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs told the local media: "In the basement of the house, operatives found a crocodile.

"During the search, no incidents related to the reptile occurred. The police reported this fact to the veterinary service to decide the crocodile's fate."

It's believed the animal is a Nile crocodile - which is considered the second largest living reptile in the world - and...

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Groundwater swells when the water table has exceeded its high point. Soil surrounding your home is unable to hold the extra water, causing a consistent runoff problem. If you have a wet basement due to groundwater swelling, your basement will be wet for a long period after each storm and there may be water bubbling up from the joints between the wall and floor. Many homes are not constructed with protection from high groundwater, and it is very expensive to install a system to combat the problem.

Combating a Wet Basement
No matter if your basement is finished or you use it as just a storage room, it is important for the structural integrity of your home to combat a wet basement problem as soon as you discover it. Solutions to tackling a wet basement are plenty. The first step is trying to figure out the type of problem you are encountering. Then, check the grading around your home, downspouts for any leaks or pooling, and cracks in the driveway. Fix all of...

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Waterproofing Before Your Basement Finishing Project

When many homeowners are looking for extra living space, they often turn to the basement. It’s the perfect solution, because it turns that space into something useful and needed. However, many people make the mistake of taking on a basement finishing project before completing an important step: waterproofing.

Imagine you’ve finally completed your basement finishing project and it’s the space you’ve always wanted. Maybe you’ve transformed it into a playroom for the kids, a media room to watch your favorite games and movies, or a man cave for the guys to hang out in. After hours and hours of work, and thousands of dollars, the space is finished, and you couldn’t be happier. Now imagine you have to rip it all out and start over again.

As heartbreaking as that sounds, that is the reality for so many people who don’t bother to waterproof their basement. They think, “It won’t happen to us,” or “We never get any...

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Want to prove yourself a careful property owner? Get your basement sealed and waterproofed before you finish it. This is vital to protect your furnishings, electrical wiring, heating system, and wall coverings from potential water and moisture damage. Even homes that have never had any water problems should have a waterproof coating applied before spending thousands on finishing your basement. Applying our waterproof coating to your basement prior to finishing is like an insurance policy on your new investment. Engage the services of a professional waterproofing company to avoid water penetration in the first place.

A reliable waterproofing job does not rely on mechanical drainage systems or sump pumps. Instead, it addresses the deep-rooted problems to prevent moisture infiltration. It can fix and seal the minutest cracks and holes so that water never penetrates the foundation walls again. The attainment of such effective results is possible only when you hire a dedicated...

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Before starting your finished basement project the very first issue you need to address is:

“Is my basement wet?” , “Is my basement damp?” , or Is my basement “bone-dry”? If your answer is “bone -dry congratulations you can start construction immediately!

But…if you answer is yes to either of the other two questions you have a water “issue” that needs correcting before ANY basement finishing begins. Wet and Damp represent two entirely different issues which need to be corrected using entirely different techniques.

So if your reading this right now saying “Oh crap that’s me” don’t fret…I have some easy fixes for most water “issues” detailed on this page, most of which you can do yourself and they won’t cost you “an arm and a leg”!

Damp Basements Fixes:

A “Damp Basement” is usually a basement whose walls are constructed of “Block” masonry units (notconcrete). Masonry unit walls are very porous and are unfortunately prone to “Dampness issues”...

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Eliminate saturation in foundation walls

Allow Bobcats for Hire to expertly design and install a foundation drainage system to your home that succeeds in drying both the walls and also the floor of your basement. Our exterior systems incorporate a waterproof membrane and insulation that work together to keep your basement dry, warm, and mold free. An exterior foundation drain removes water BEFORE it pours through your foundation. When water issues are resolved from the outside, water naturally flows away from your house, not into it. This is done by using gravity, plenty of crushed stone, and without relying on mechanical pumps or electricity. Engineers agree that this is by far the best way to solve a leaky basement problem. Water is diverted away, and not seeping through walls to be collected in a basement sump. An exterior foundation drain will help to remove dampness and mold caused by moist walls. Our exterior Paraseal Membrane GM also reduces radon gas from entering...

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Things You Need To Know Before You Hire a Waterproofing Contractor for the Basement

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Thinking and knowing that your basement needs waterproofing are two completely different things. Confused? This article is not just about going through the proper channels to make sure you are hiring the right contractor; it’s about getting to know when actually you need a waterproofing contractor for the basement. Since this is a huge and expensive process, you need to make sure that not taking action immediately will compromise the structural integrity of your house.

One of the biggest reasons behind people facing a large financial loss with a basement waterproofing projectis associated with hiring amateur contractors. These people do not have the knowledge or the experience to recognize difficult damages. If there’s even a little delay...

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Digging out a basement can be an ideal way to add some room or living space to your home and can often be less expensive than adding room by going upward or outward. The best option can be chosen after considering a few factors such as design, feasibility, function, and the cost.

If you intend on adding a finished basement to your dwelling you’ll also need to consider the stability and safety precautions since they’re different underground when compared to other floors of the home. And you also have to ensure that your basement is fully waterproofed and damp free before finishing your basement.

If your home already has a basement with decent ceiling height, then digging it out will be relatively inexpensive compared to starting from scratch. Once you have to start digging down several feet or lift the home to add a basement the cost will generally be comparable to adding a ground-level addition to the home. In general, a basement needs about a seven to...

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Condensation is a natural source and we can control that problem in your basement so that you can have a nice LIVING area in the basement of your house without the issues of mold developing in your finished basement. The answer to this problem is simple and effective. We can get condensation control though the use of permanently installed maintenance free dehumidifiers that are plumbed directly into your sewer drain. Now these dehumidifiers are only going to last so long, then they are going to need replacement in about 5 years or so.

Waterproof paint does NOT stop water and moisture problems

Now, while we're on the subject, lets solve this myth about magic waterproof paint or concrete paint to STOP water & moisture problems. That's the last thing I am going to recommend for you to do. That is a very bad idea from the word go. The only time anyone would want to water block your foundation is from the outside when it was built or if it was re-excavated to do it at...

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Let’s be clear about something – basement waterproofing paint, does not waterproof your basement.

Doesn't make sense does it?

Think of it like fix-a-flat for your car tires. Putting fix-a-flat in your tire doesn't FIX the real problem (the nail sticking out of it), it just mitigates a bigger problem until you can get the real cause fixed.

In the same way, if you have cracks or improper/insufficient drainage around your basement, using basement waterproofing paint isn’t going to fix that. Basement waterproofing usually requires a combination of solutions.

So why am I reading this? What benefit does basement waterproofing paint provide? And what is the best method to apply it? I’m glad you asked...

Basement Waterproofing Paint Benefits

Vapor Barrier – Most basement waterproofing paint products serve as an excellent vapor barrier. This is the primary benefit of waterproof paint. It will help prevent the diffusion of water into your...

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