When planning renovations for your basement, there are a lot of choices when it comes to design, but some choices are vulnerable to problems with moisture. It is a good idea to be creative and use more water-resistant designs. Before you can even start with these finishes, though, you will want to repair and improve your foundation waterproofing and drainage systems. The following basement waterproofing, drainage, and finishing solutions will help make your newly finished space more durable:
- Drainage system upgrades to improve basement waterproofing—The first area where you will want to start improving when updating waterproofing is the foundation drainage system. First, you should replace old and outdated drain tile pipes and install a modern drain system for your foundation. Other improvements to the drainage around the foundation and your landscaping will also help protect your newly finished basement from water penetrations.
- Foundation waterproofing systems to reduce problems with damage—The foundation waterproofing system is also important. Today, these systems are much more than sealants that are applied to concrete or block walls of foundations. These can be more complex systems that provide insulation, protection from static pressure, and an impermeable layer to protect your basement from water and moisture.
- More resistant basement finishes in the right areas to prevent problems—The finishes in your basement are the most vulnerable areas to moisture and water problems. Therefore, you want to use materials that are more water-resistant in the right areas of your basement, such as floors and exterior foundation walls. These are areas where you will want to use materials like tile and masonry to finish your basement.
- Basement drain systems and sump pump to deal with moisture and water—Even with the best drainage and waterproofing design, it can be difficult to keep the water out of your basement. Therefore, you are going to want to make sure that moisture that gets in your basement has somewhere to go. If you have tile floors, drains and pipes can be installed, and floors can be sloped to the drains to remove water. The interior drainage system can also be attached to a sump pump to remove access water from your basement when it does get in.
This basement waterproofing, drainage systems, and finishes will ensure your new space is durable and resistant to problems with moisture and water damage. To get started with your project, contact a basement waterproofing contractor to start with repairs and improvements to drainage and waterproofing systems. You can also ask them about impermeable sealant treatments for masonry and tile finishes in your basement.