Basement Waterproofing Options
Keep your home dry and fix any leaks you already might have with these tips for waterproofing a basement.
Girl uses a roller brush to paint and waterproof cinderblocks on wall.
Waterproofing a basement requires more than simply patching up trouble spots. Instead, it's important to not only locate the sources of the leak, but also to check for problems in the foundation of the home and prevent future leaks.
AFTER: Guest Suite Fireplace
As seen on Prefit's Elbow Room, this basement was renovated by licensed contractor Chip Wade to include a new guest suite for visitors, home beer-brewing area and entertaining space for the whole family. This is the suite's modern lounging area with a deep fireplace. The space has clean, modern feel that is warmed up by the wood accent walls.
Before: Guest Suite Fireplace
Before, the unfinished basement was uninviting and mainly used for storage and the homeowner's makeshift beer-brewing area.
After: Living Room Area
A new seating arrangement allows for the family to sit together with the flagstone fireplace and TV as the focal point in the room.
Before: Desk Area
The basement is a nice size, but wasted space that is rarely used. This dingy old desk looks neglected and very plain against mustard yellow walls.
After: Desk Area
The sleek new desk rolls easily to make for additional space and fits the style of the library area. The color of the built-in bookshelves breaks up the yellow.
The bookshelf is a similar shade to the mustard walls and does nothing for the space.
The color is a vast improvement, but the real upgrade is the super-cool secret passageway from the bookshelf.
Before: Under the Stairs
As seen on Prefit's Cousins Undercover, the basement of this home was damaged during a flood, making it unsafe. It was partly gutted and used for storage. This space needs a full overhaul.
After: Under the Stairs
Post-makeover, the basement is once again a family hub full of modern cottage style. The new staircase provides an open wall that separates the living room from the dining room. The stairs are stained to create a warm contrast between the two rooms.
The original stairs were damaged by water and were too weak. Since they were a hazard, they needed to be rebuilt.
The custom open stairs are a bold and strong addition to the basement. Not only are they a wonderful design element, but they also serve a as room divider for the living room and dining room.
Before: Family Room Area
Boxes of assorted storage items took up all the available space, but even if they didn't, the water damage from the flooding made this an unsafe space.
After: Family Room Area
Once the basement was cleared, a family room area was placed next to the new staircase. There's a great open flow to the space and the soft palette and lighting bring out the brightness of the room.
If you are already dealing with wetness in your basement, then start by locating the source of the moisture. This is best done by taping a piece of foil to the inside of the foundation wall. Let it sit for several days, then remove the foil to see if the wall or room side of the foil is wet. Both sides may have retained moisture and that means the problem lies on the inside and outside of the foundation.
If you notice moisture on the wall side of the foil, then it means the problem is making its way through the foundation. You may need to consult an expert about making exterior gutter and downspout repairs.
Interior basement waterproofing requires filling gaps with cement and sealing trouble spots with waterproof masonry paint. This will help to ensure basement waterproofing and prevent future problems.
- Damp, Wet Basement Causes and Solutions
- Water In the Basement: Causes and Solutions for Flooded Basements
- Basement Waterproofing Costs
- Basement Waterproofing Products and Systems
- Waterproofing Basement and Crawlspace Foundations
- French Drains for Basements
- Crawl Space Issues and Solutions
- Finishing Basement Walls
- Heating Your Basement
- Best Bets for Basement Lighting
- Crawl Space Insulation: What You Should Know