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Basement Waterproofing 
Madison WI

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Because this space is built below grade, basements, naturally, tend to take on water. This may also be noticed through moist formation on your basement walls. Cases such as water puddles here and there or flooding during the rainy season are undeniably inevitable. And even humid, damp, or downright wet basements can result in the worst-case scenario - peeling paint, mold and mildew growth, rotted wood, and damage to stored items. So, basement waterproofing in Madison got your back! We are here to rescue your entire basement from damage.

DIY Tips and Tricks to Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing and a water heater leaking from spaces can lead to many problems due to insufficient and inadequate waterproofing. 

Let us see how to remedy this through the following DIY tricks and tips in waterproofing your basement before you spend anything yet.

1. First, you must dig around.

It is a need to protect your basement from water, so you will need to dig all the outer perimeter of the basement all the way down to the base of the foundation to really find out where everything had started to fail and to get damaged. Be sure to use only the right product over the walls - it will be the key to having a successful waterproofed basement.

2. Then, you must check for cracks.

After the excavation gets completed, be sure to clean the walls and check for any cracks on all the areas causing the water to seep in. If you were successful in this and have finally detected the apparent issues, you may now apply a hydraulic cement coat to the entire walls affected just to stop the leakage. You may also use hydraulic cement to expand its curing ability. With its chemical properties, it will fill in the cracks and will fix voids; and reduce the probability of leakage to the basement.

3. You must apply sealant.

You can apply a coat of cement-based sealant to all exterior walls in the area. These cement-based sealants are easy to apply. They can also be used over concrete and masonry surfaces. It hardens and closes the concrete pores.

4. Be sure to apply a membrane.

This is one essential tip and trick to do in this process. Be sure to install a waterproofing membrane. It is undeniably true that a heavy coat of the membrane, and an asphalt-modified polyurethane material, can be troweled or sprayed on to seal the foundation wall against water from the outside. At the same time, elastomeric membranes are also one of the best membranes to use. It also has excellent waterproofing characteristics. Additionally,  these membranes can flex and move to accommodate when new cracks occur.

5. Yes, install a drainage mat

Be sure to install a drainage mat with molded dimples around the area. Use only the materials that create air gaps between the wall and itself so that moisture can genuinely travel to the drain structure to test its effectiveness. You also need to cut the mat to its exact depth of the foundation to ease lateral pressure against the foundation.

6. Lastly and most importantly, complete the French drain.

You need to install the French drain or weeping tile in the area. The pipe you will use must be installed at the footing base to weep the water level below the basement floor effectively. It is also a good practice to install cleanouts. This would provide easier access for maintenance purposes.

What to Avoid Doing?

For a DIY waterproofing choice, never do the following:

  • Do not use tar. This material will become very brittle; and will crack eventually.
  • Never use plastic to waterproof your basement walls. This will peel, and moisture will make its way in and would cause enormous damage.
  • Do not use limestone to backfill. It reduces drainage capabilities. This will also clog all drainage structures. You may use gravel instead.


For inquiries, call BASEMENT WATERPROOFING IN MADISON today for your basement repair and replacement needs.

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