Basement Waterproofing

Warning signs that you have waterproofing problems in your basement

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Basement waterproofing techniques

You can use a waterproofing concrete sealer like HyrdaLoc and Homeseal. HomeSeal is formulated for new concrete only while HyrdaLoc is formulated for water problems or old concrete.

HyrdaLoc is a two-application process that is simply sprayed onto the concrete with a low-pressure (garden type) pump sprayer. You don't have to be afraid to use HyrdaLoc in your home because it is Non-toxic, Non-hazardous and Non-flammable. It has No VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) - No Solvents. HyrdaLoc is a water-based, fast drying, penetrating concrete sealer that has no unpleasant odor. Clean-up is with clean tap water.

HyrdaLoc does a lot more than just waterproof your concrete. It solves potential health problems associated with a damp or wet basement. Migrating moisture creates a breeding ground for mold spores and mildew not to mention that "damp basement odor". It can greatly reduce the health risks associated with the transmission of Cancer Causing Radon. It stops Radon before it enters your home unlike fan systems that allow it in and then vent it back outside.

Whether you are finishing your basement to convert it into usable living space or just using it for storage, applying HyrdaLoc concrete waterproofing sealer will make the basement a useable, pleasant, safe and odor free area.

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Why is waterproofing important?

A wet cellar can dramatically reduce the value of your home. Studies show that most people won't even consider buying a home with water leakage. Selling a home with water leaks can easily result in as much as a 25% reduction in the sale price.

Even if you rarely have problems with dampness or flooding, it's best to solve the problem completely before doing any remodeling work. Permanent solutions can take time to implement. A good place to start is to talk to an independent home inspector who specializes in waterproofing problems.

Proper insulation is critical to creating a comfortable, dry basement. Besides keeping out the cold, basement insulation prevents condensation. The ground stays cool year round. It in turn keeps basement walls cool. When the warmer air in the room comes in contact with all those cool walls, it has to give up some of its moisture in the form of condensation. In fact, condensation is the primary source of the moisture that causes mold and mildew problems in basements. Effective insulation separates the warm air of the room from the cool walls, thereby preventing the moisture problems that stem from condensation. (see below the top-10 most common insulation mistakes in basements)

About basement waterproofing and insulation: The top-10 most common insulating mistakes in basements.

Perhaps the most fundamental and often overlooked mistake do-it-yourselfers make when insulating is neglecting to find out the most efficient R-value for their area and insulating accordingly. Other common mistakes are listed below.