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Do-It-Yourself Basement Waterproofing Systems


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Do-It-Yourself Basement Waterproofing Systems

  1. 1. Do-It-Yourself Basement Waterproofing SystemsThere are a number of basement waterproofing systems that can be installed in order to stop water fromentering your basement. Some of them are quite simple and there are some that are more complicated, but allof them will help to keep your basement dry. If you intend to install your own basement waterproofing system,then you must have knowledge about the materials and methods available for a successful waterproofingproject.This is one of the most effective basement waterproofing systems and it includes the repair of any cracks orholes in the basement with the help of hydraulic cement or an epoxy basement patch. Stir the hydraulic cementthin until you get the consistency similar to that of pancake batter with the intention that it will easily pour intothe cracks. For walls, make use of the epoxy cement patch, which is available in a tube about the size of atoothpaste tube. The hydraulic cement will expand as it settles and will completely seal the cracks. Thesebasement waterproofing systems will prevent water leakage through wall cracks and holes and keep yourbasement dry.Another helpful basement waterproofing systems consists of installing 8 or 10 inch perforated pipe, alsoknown as French drain alongside the footers of the basement wall and conceal it with gravel. These basementwaterproofing systems will prevent the accumulation of water in your basement.There are other effective basement waterproofing systems that need you to install rain gutters on theoverhangs of the roof of the house. You can add gutter extension pipes to the end of the gutter and bury thepipe into a flower bed. Dig the flower bed about 24 inches deep and fill the hole with gravel, place the pipe intothe gravel and cover the pipe with 6 inches of gravel and then complete the job with dirt sloped away from thefoundation. These basement waterproofing systems will help to channel away the rainwater from the basementand ensure proper drainage of the roof water.Applying a coat of roll-on tar to the exterior of the basement wall and then covering it with a 1 inch firminsulation which will stick to the tar have also proven to be very effective basement waterproofing systems.These basement waterproofing systems prevent water penetration and accumulation of moisture. You need toensure that the tar covers the wall as well as the joints between the wall and the footer.For more information on Do It Yourself Home Weatherproofing, including other interesting and informativearticles and photos, please click on this link: Do-It-Yourself Basement Waterproofing Systems