Basement Waterproofing Systems

Basement Waterproofing Systems

Best ways to fix the problem

There are several common misconceptions about basement waterproofing. When you look into getting your basement waterproofed, there is no cookie-cutter system that works the same for every home, every time.

While there are several options for waterproofing your home, the common goal is to keep your home healthy and dry.

Let’s talk about the two most common types of basement waterproofing – interior and exterior waterproofing. We hope to shed some light on the differences in the two for you.

Many companies use exterior or basement waterproofing as their only option to completely waterproof your home. It can be effective, but also very costly to both the pocketbook and the mental wellbeing of our clients.

Exterior waterproofing systems are designed to move the water away from the foundation using perforated tile (pipe) and rock. The perimeter of the home will be excavated, the old tile removed, a new perforated tile is installed, covered with rock and backfilled with soil.

The pipe is connected to a sump pump which then pumps the water out of the basement and away from your home.

As the rain water seeps through the ground, it pulls sediment into the pipe which causes it to clog over time. The only way to unclog the tile is to excavate the perimeter of the home and replace the perforated tile.

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Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing systems  are water containment systems installed inside the home under the basement floor. The pipe is installed on the footing, out of the mud zone to prevent sediment from settling into the pipe and causing it to clog.

Easy access inspection ports are installed, so even if it does clog, B.A.M! Basements And Masons of Des Moines can easily unclog it at no cost to you without the tear out and reinstallation mess (to date, we have never had a system clog).

A sump pump is installed to move the water up and out of your home. Interior waterproofing systems are designed to keep the water out of your home permanently. BEWARE – SOME companies are still using older style interior systems that are installed off the footing in the mud zone. 

In some cases there is a fabric around the pipe which in theory is there to stop the pipe from clogging. This is a great concept, however in practice it doesn’t work This fabric “sock” clogs with silt, effectively keeping the water out of the pipe. 

These types of systems do not have service ports. In order to fix a clogged system in this  scenario a complete tear out and reinstallation is required which means the home owner has to deal with the whole process all over again.

Protect Your Valuables And Your Property!

Is it better to waterproof a basement from the inside or outside?

The most effective way to keep water out of your basement is to install a non clogging interior waterproofing system that redirects the water to a sump pump which then pumps the water out of the home.

B.A.M! Basements and Masons of Des Moines provides custom tailored non clogging interior basement waterproofing services so our clients can enjoy a dry, comfortable healthy home.

This and our lifetime transferrable warranties take the worry and stress away. When it  rains you will know that your home is equipped with a non clogging interior system  that keeps the water outside your home.

Call B.A.M! Basements and Masons of Des Moines today at 515-963-0226 to guide you in in making the right decision for your home.