The Benefits Of Interior Basement Waterproofing And Exterior Foundation Waterproofing

Posted on: 10 November 2017

If you are looking to keep water out of your basement, you have the option of waterproofing the interior basement walls or the exterior foundation walls. There are benefits to each option. Learning about the benefits will help you decide which basement waterproofing method best meets your needs and fits within your budget. Here are a few of the benefits of both interior and exterior waterproofing methods:

The Benefits of Interior Basement Wall Waterproofing

  • Less Invasive Than Exterior Waterproofing

One of the benefits associated with waterproofing the interior walls of a basement is that it is less invasive than exterior waterproofing. When you waterproof the exterior, including the foundation, you have to dig down and expose the walls. This requires your yard to be torn up. If your basement is unfinished, a waterproof membrane or waterproof sealers can be applied directly to the interior walls before insulation and drywall are installed, making it easy to complete this task. 

  • Cheaper Than Foundation Waterproofing

Another of the major benefits that interior basement wall waterproofing has over exterior foundation waterproofing is that it is cheaper. This is mostly because it is faster and easier to waterproof the walls. If you are hiring someone to complete the job and you are on a budget, the number of billable hours for labor is less when you use this option.

The Benefits of Exterior Foundation Waterproofing

  • Protects Your Foundation and the Basement

The biggest benefit associated with exterior foundation waterproofing is that it waterproof both the exterior walls of the basement, keeping water out, but also the foundation as well. The foundation helps to provide your home with a stability. If your foundation is exposed to water, it can begin to crack or chip away. This eventually can cause problems to the structure of your home. Foundation repairs are costly to fix, so waterproofing the foundation is a cost-effective way to minimize your risk of this happening. 

  • Lasts Longer Than Interior Waterproofing

The other benefit to waterproofing the exterior of your home and foundation when trying to keep water out of the basement is that exterior waterproofing tends to last longer than interior waterproofing. There are many factors that determine how long the waterproofing method will last, including the materials used and the climate the material is exposed to. But generally speaking, outdoor materials are stronger, thicker and more durable, which helps them to last longer. 

If you are concerned with water seeping into your basement, waterproofing the space is the best way to keep it out. Both interior wall waterproofing and exterior wall waterproofing can help to keep water out of your space for a prolonged period of time. 

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