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Waterproofing Systems vs Waterproofing Sealants


We get a lot of calls from people asking us if they can use sealants to waterproof their basement instead of having a full system installed. Now, we don’t have anything against sealants and we believe that they can be useful at times. The problem is a lot of homeowners often get carried away with them. Or they don’t use the sealants in the manner they’re intended. The same way you might see homeowners trying to insulate an entire wall with a small can of spray foam insulation, you will get people trying to waterproof an entire wall with sealants. They don’t bother reading the back of the label where it says “this sealant should not be used on gaps larger than 1/8 inch”. Trying to fix a crack in your wall with sealant can often be like putting a band aid on the walls. It will take virtually no pressure to crack this sealant which leads to water coming right through the basement again.

Basement waterproofing systems are generally needed in the majority of situations. The fact is when you have water coming into a basement this means your foundation walls are beginning to age. This is not a problem that can be fixed by patching the walls. This aging process begins due to the immense pressure triggered by hydrostatic pressure. So again, applying a waterproofing sealant is almost like putting a piece of paper over a leaky milk carton. The amount of weight and pressure caused by the milk will take no time to rework its way through the ceiling.

The real goal in basement waterproofing is to not seal anything. If you need to seal something in the first place this means you have a much more fundamental problem. The goal of basement waterproofing is to completely remove hydrostatic pressure caused every time it rains. If this is not properly addressed nothing you do will stop water from coming into your basement. So the best way to waterproof a basement is by installing drainage pipes in your home. These pipes will get connected to outside pipes that run into your sewer. So when water comes in your basement is immediately redirected outside the home far away from your property. The drainage system you will need will depend on how extensive the damage is to your walls. Some basements will need more than one sump pump the handle the amount of water coming through the walls. In other times concrete will be poured into the hollow cavities of your foundation. This will create the best environment to both stop and redirect water flow.

If you have any questions about basement waterproofing services in New Jersey, feel free to contact us using the form above or call us directly.

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