As long as you have a home in Missouri, moisture is something you can't avoid. Leave it to build up and it will cause many problems including cracks, mold and smelly indoors. Don’t buy time. Sooner or later you'll have to decide whether to waterproof your home or not. By then it could be too late to turn things around. Simple repairs could turn into long and costly home remediation and remodeling projects.
Lucky for you, there are many waterproofing methods at your disposal. What you need to do is to determine the best way to waterproof the foundation. Sometimes, you may find it necessary to combine two or more waterproofing solutions to get the best results. Talk to your basement and foundation waterproofing expert if you need advice.
Basement drainage systems
Sometimes surface water makes its way into the basement from cracks in the foundation walls. If you’re facing this predicament, consider installing an interior French drainage system. Functional drainage can help address hydrostatic pressure on the inside of the basement and along the wall, intercepting water before it gets to the center of the floor. Typical drains are installed below the floor slab, just atop the foundation footing. Since they're installed with minimal intrusion of the slab, all the concrete can be restored after the installation.
Hairline cracks along foundation walls may seem harmless, but the truth is they will eventually let water into your home after some time. So it’s advisable to deal with them before they mutate into something else. Lucky for you, simple cracks can be fixed by applying epoxy injections directly to the cracks. This welds the crack back and stops it from widening further. Cement-based applicants are the best as they crystallize with concrete to prevent leaks.
Epoxy injection is a temporary fix to basement and foundation wall cracks. Using it will offer some respite but it’s unlikely that it will restore the foundation wall to its original strength and condition. For this reason, it’s important to know why the cracks have occurred. If you don’t find and address the root cause, the concrete could crack again.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
A vented crawl space is an open invitation for moisture to enter your home along with pests and other crawling insects and cause problems. You can prevent these by encapsulating your crawl space. A full-encapsulation entails covering the entire floor and walls with a thick plastic vapor barrier to prevent moisture and water from entering and accumulating in the crawl space. When combined with insulation, it not only keeps the crawl space dry but warm as well for many years. Encapsulation can take anywhere between a few days to a week of full-time work.
Moisture isn't the only problem that can assail your crawl space or basement. Floodwater from the outside can wreak havoc too. Installing sump pumps in the lowest part of the crawl space or basement can help you stop floodwater from entering your home. They are designed to collect floodwater and channel it outside via a drainage system.
With excavation, the contractor installs an underground drain to collect excess rainwater before it enters your home. It’s very effective against flooding. However, this proofing method is expensive and requires significant effort. An excavation project can cost upwards of $30,000, depending on the grading of the home and the digging effort that’s required.
In hot and humid Missouri weather, humidity can easily exceed 70%. This is going to cause many problems if it's left checked. Dehumidification is necessary for controlling moisture in the basement and crawl space. A dehumidifier will protect your basement from excess moisture that can lead to musty odors and mold growth. When shopping, go for any efficient dehumidifier with a self-draining mechanism.
What waterproofing method is the best?
When it comes to waterproofing your basement, there’s no one fits-it-all solution. What’s good for your home may not necessarily be suitable for another person in Missouri. In short, homeowners have different needs and waterproofing problems. So the proofing solution you’re going to apply will depend on these and other factors, such as your budget and the condition of your basement.
If you’re not sure what waterproofing method to use or how best to stop moisture and water problems in your home, contact your basement waterproofing contractor to see what options are available. They will inspect your crawl space and foundation and give you solid recommendations along with a free basement waterproofing quote.