How to Waterproof Basement Walls and Floors
By Mark J. Donovan
||When planning to finish your basement it is very important to consider basement waterproofing prior to any construction. If waterproofing is not done your finished basement may become at risk for mold and water damage.
Installing gutters on the outside of the house, and an outside ground topology that slopes away from the foundation will help, but it is probably not enough. The reason for this is that it is the level of the hydrostatic pressure that really determines how susceptible your basement is for water leaks and dampness.
Hydrostatic pressure increases proportionally with the amount of rainfall.
The higher the hydrostatic pressure, the more water in the ground. This pressure effectively pushes water down and around the foundation. The water then seeps into the foundation walls causing dampness in the basement. If the walls actually have cracks, the water can literally seep through causing puddles inside the basement. The water can also seep in between the foundation walls and footing if the hydrostatic pressure is high enough.
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