Not Sure How To Waterproof Your Home? 2 Solutions To Get The Job Done

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Water and moisture can damage your home. They can cause wood to rot, concrete to crumble and mold to grow. If this is your first home, you might not know how to waterproof it. With the steps outlined below, you can waterproof your home and protect it from water and moisture damage.

Waterproof Sealant

Waterproof sealant is the easiest way to protect your basement from water and moisture damage. You should apply the sealant to concrete floors, as well as to the concrete or cinderblock walls. You can purchase sealant at any home improvement store.

Simply pour the sealant into a disposable paint tray and apply it using a foam paint roller. Be sure to apply the sealant to the entire floor, and any concrete or block walls that are in the basement. This should include the exterior walls, as well. Apply a new coat of sealant once a year to keep your basement protected.

French Drains

To fully protect your home from water damage, you should include exterior waterproofing methods too. Exterior drainage located around the perimeter of your home will drain water away from your home. When it comes to waterproofing your home, french drains are the most effective exterior drainage system. Here's how to install a french drain.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Two 3" PVC drainage pipes 10' long – the type with pre-drilled holes
  • One 3" PVC coupling
  • One 3" PVC elbow
  • PVC glue
  • 4" square piece of screen repair material
  • Duct tape
  • Shovel
  • Gravel

Directions

  1. Beginning at the base of your exterior wall, dig a 4" deep trench leading away from your home.
  2. Continue digging the trench until it extends about 20' into the yard.
  3. Apply a thin layer of PVC glue on the inside of the elbow.
  4. Attach the elbow to the end of one 10' length of PVC.
  5. Place the 4" piece of screen repair material over the opening of the elbow and secure it with a strip of duct tape. This will prevent mud and debris from entering the drainage pipe.
  6. Apply a thin layer of PVC glue to the inside of the 3" coupling.
  7. Attach the two 10' pieces using the coupling you just applied the glue to.
  8. Lay a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of the 20' trench you dug.
  9. Place the PVC in the trench with the elbow closest to your home.
  10. Be sure the opening of the elbow extends just slightly above the level of the dirt.
  11. Cover the PVC pipe with dirt. Be sure to leave the elbow portion uncovered.
  12. The water that collects around your home will drain through the PVC pipe out into the yard.

Water and moisture can damage your basement. Use these do-it-yourself methods to waterproof your home. If you live in an area that's prone to flooding, you may want to contact a contractor that specializes in waterproofing, such as one from a company like State Wide Waterproofing. 

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