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Exterior Basement Waterproofing: When Water Attacks

When floods strike the outside of your dungeon, even the smallest crack in your dungeon defense can turn battles into your Waterloo foundation. No pun intended. OK, maybe just a little. In essence, some events are too excessive to trust the efforts of waterproofing the interior of traditional basements.

Exterior basement waterproofing is, let it be, big effort. Regardless of what technique the waterproofer uses, it will start with them digging the earth out from around your basement. Many of you have just come out, imagining a large backhoe in your yard eroding mud away from your foundation. That's a scary thought!

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However frightening, it is a necessity for many homes. If the hydrostatic pressure on the outside of your cellar wall is too high, it can force cracks in your foundation that will put water into the basement even if it has been recently watertight on the inside. Exterior basement waterproofing brings the right power to the actual battle ground – the outer walls of your basement.

Type of Exterior Waterproofing

There are several different varieties of  In the most basic type, the basement wall is sprayed down with some form of waterproofing agent and then the dirt around the basement is replaced. This is the cheapest, most common, and most powerful way to protect your cellar walls.

The next step is basically to wrap the entire wall of your cellar with plastic. This is a big task, but it adds incredible strength and water resistance to the walls of your cellar. This is also a fairly expensive process – actually more than the next choice, which many people like for their home.