Moving To An Area That Gets A Lot Of Rain? 2 Areas You Need To Waterproof In Your Home


If you are moving to an area that gets a lot of rain, you should make sure the house you purchased has waterproofing in place. If not, then you need to do this on your own. This will help prevent leaks if you have a bad rain storm or flooding. To help you, below are two areas you need to start out with waterproofing.

The Basement

If the home has a basement, this is the first place you should start. Water will pool around the foundation of your home each time it rains, and this water will work its way into your basement. Once this happens, mold and mildew will start to grow on the walls, ceiling, and flooring. Water also cause other damage, such as deterioration to flooring and walls.

The best way to waterproof the basement is by installing a drainage system. This way, water will draw away from your home instead of staying against the foundation. A pump is installed to force the water into the drains.

If you do not purchase a battery backup for the sump pump, the waterproofing contractor will install a separate electric system for the pump. This will keep the pump running in case you have a power outage

The Crawl Space

The crawl space is another area of your home that should be waterproofed. To do this, a company like Central Penn Waterproofing will install a perimeter drain pipe to capture water seepage from the floor and walls in the crawl space. The contractor will then install drainage matting over the entire flooring inside the crawl space. This will provide drainage for any water that may get in.

The contractor will then install a sump pump to pump the water away from the crawl space. As with the sump pump above, choose one that includes a battery backup.

When the waterproofing system is installed, the contractor will likely install a dehumidifier in the crawl space. They may install more than one dehumidifier if your home is very large. This is an industrial dehumidifier that is much stronger than a traditional one that you can purchase at a store. The dehumidifier will always keep a damp crawl space dry, such as preventing moisture from building up on the flooring ceiling, etc.

The waterproofing contractor can go over other methods of waterproofing your home with you. You can then decide the type of waterproofing system you would like to install.


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