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What is Basement Waterproofing?

Trusted Partner for Basement Waterproofing Solutions

Let's face it, basements can be a bit of a gamble. They offer great potential for extra living space, a home gym, and a man cave (or mom cave!), but that can quickly turn into a headache if water decides to turn your basement into an unwanted indoor pool–not the one you dreamed of having either!

But guess what? You're not alone! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that moisture problems are incredibly common in basements.

This is where Adam Basement comes in. We've been keeping basements dry and usable for over 20 years. We’ve seen it all – leaky walls, musty smells, and the sinking feeling every time there's a heavy rain. 

How does an interior waterproofing system work? Stick around! We're here to break down exactly what interior basement waterproofing systems are, why they’re so important, and how they can transform your damp, underutilized basement into a dry, usable space you'll love.

Types of Basement Waterproofing Services

Interior Waterproofing

Sealants and Coatings

Imagine giving your basement a shield, a protective layer. That’s exactly what applying coatings on the inside can do. Mind you, they aren't just any old paint; they're specially formulated concoctions designed to penetrate the surface, sealing off the pores of your concrete walls and floors.

Interior Drainage Systems

Now even when water manages to sneak its way through, you’ve got a secret passage that quietly guides it back out. It's like setting up an underground escape route, catching it at the point of entry and then redirecting it away, typically to a sump pump. It takes care of ejecting it out and away from your foundation.

Exterior Waterproofing


If you’re looking for the "leave no stone unturned" approach, this is your answer.  As the heavy-duty option, this involves digging around your house to expose the exterior walls of your basement. Once laid bare, a waterproof membrane is applied directly to these walls.

Think of it as wrapping your home in a water-resistant jacket.

Exterior Drainage Systems

Similar to their interior counterparts but with a twist. They are installed around the perimeter of your house, lying in wait to catch water before it even reaches your walls.

Combination Systems

For those who refuse to compromise or take chances, this option offers the best of both worlds! Why choose between interior and exterior methods when you can have both, right?

This dynamic duo provides optimal protection, addressing water intrusion from both inside and out. Your basement interior waterproofing systems manage any moisture that gets through while the exterior systems stand guard to prevent it from approaching in the first place.

Causes of Basement Water Intrusion

Where's the water coming from? How is it finding its way in? Well, consider this your detective's guide.

Poor Drainage

If the area around your house doesn't properly channel water away, you might as well be inviting it in for a cup of tea. It'll pool against your foundation, seeping through any nooks and crannies it finds, driven by nothing more than its nature.

The solution? Ensure your home's surroundings are sculpted to guide it away–not towards. Gutters, downspouts, and even the slope of your landscape should all work in concert to keep it at bay.

Cracks in Foundation

Our homes age just as we do, and with time, they show their years. One common sign of a home's wear and tear is cracks. But how do they form?

The reasons vary—from the house settling over time, to external pressure from expanding and contracting soil. Regular inspections can catch these fissures early, allowing for prompt sealing and repair, keeping water where it belongs—outside.

Hydrostatic Pressure

A fancy term that means the pressure exerted by water at rest. Like a sponge that can't hold any more liquid, the soil around your foundation begins to press in, forcing it through any available pathway—be it floors, walls, or cracks. It's an invisible force, but its effects are anything but.

How to solve it? Methods like proper grading, installing drainage systems, and waterproofing barriers definitely help.

Keep An Eye Out! (Signs of a Water-Damaged Basement)

  • Musty Odors - This odor often indicates that moisture has made itself at home, bringing mold and mildew along for the ride. Don't ignore your nose; it's one of your best tools for detecting moisture issues early on.

  • Visible Mold and Mildew - These fungi thrive in damp, dark environments and can start colonizing your walls, floors, or ceilings before you know it. If you spot patches of green, black, or white growth, it's a clear sign that water has been hanging around.

  • Water Stains on Walls and Floors - These stains can appear yellowish or brownish and might spread across walls or floors. While a single stain might not seem like a big deal, it's a symptom of a larger issue.

  • Cracked or Bowing Walls - These issues often result from hydrostatic pressure outside your basement or the natural settling of your house. Early detection and repair can prevent a molehill from turning into a mountain—or in this case, a crack from turning into a collapse.

Unveiling Water Damage in Your Basement

Why Waterproofing Basements is a MUST

Protect Your Investment

Your home isn’t just where you hang your hat; it’s likely the most significant investment you've ever made. And like any savvy investor, you want to see that investment grow, not depreciate. With exterior and interior basement waterproofing systems,  you’re putting a seal on this investment of yours, ensuring it remains solid and sought-after in any real estate market.

Health Concerns

Exposure to mold spores can exacerbate allergies and respiratory problems, impacting your family's health and comfort. Cutting off the life supply to these fungal foes—moisture—makes your home a safer, healthier place to live.

Usable Space

A wet, musty basement is a wasted space, good for storing old holiday decorations and little else. But a dry, well-maintained obe? That’s a blank canvas for you!

Whether you dream of a quiet home office, a vibrant playroom for the kids, a sleek home gym, or a cozy den for movie nights, making the space dry is the first step in creating an integral part of your home.

Choosing the Right Waterproofing Solution

Home's Age

Older homes with their charm and challenges, often also come with different waterproofing needs than newer constructions. They might have been built before modern standards and techniques were in place, making them more susceptible to issues like settling or deterioration over time.

On the flip side, newer homes may already have some level of waterproofing but could benefit from additional measures to address specific vulnerabilities.

That's why understanding the era your home was built in, along with its construction materials and methods, helps you identify which strategies will be most effective.

Local Climate

Homes in areas prone to heavy rainfall or flooding require robust exterior waterproofing solutions to manage the sheer volume of water. If you're in a region with high humidity levels, internal moisture control through dehumidification and proper ventilation becomes equally important.

Conversely, those living in colder climates might need to focus on solutions that prevent freezing damage and manage snowmelt effectively.


This not only influences the extent of options you can explore but also dictates whether you go for immediate, less costly remedies or invest in long-term, more durable solutions. And of course, you need to balance cost with effectiveness, too.

Sometimes, spending more upfront on a comprehensive system that addresses all potential water entry points can save you money and headaches down the line. Yet, smaller, targeted interventions can also significantly enhance your basement's dryness and overall home health.

The bottom line–assess your personal financial comfort zone that's both practical and effective.

Adam Basement: Your Partner in Basement Services

From assessing the root cause of moisture to implementing the most effective waterproofing solutions, our team of experts is here!

Ready to say goodbye to basement water issues once and for all? Contact Us Today!

Don't wait until it's too late—protect your home and health. Together, we'll make sure your basement remains dry, comfortable, and useful for years to come.

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