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Inspect and Protect Your Home: Foundation Waterproofing Methods

Inspect and Protect Your Home: Foundation Waterproofing Methods

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November 18, 2005

The Most Common Foundation Protection Methods

Your home is probably your biggest investment. As such, you should do everything you can to protect it. One of the most common causes of damage to your home is water leaking into the basement from the foundation. This can happen even in relatively new homes and, of course, in older homes. Waterproofing your foundation is a great way to prevent this damage. There are many foundation waterproofing methods in use today. This guide will take a quick look at two of the most common.

One of the most common foundation waterproofing methods is to install drainage to lead water away from the foundation. This can be done by building retaining walls, installing pipes underground and/or aboveground, or by placing plants in the ground near the basement and foundation. Leading water away from the foundation is a very effective way to waterproof your foundation. In some cases, it is the best of all foundation waterproofing methods. Sometimes water pools near the foundation and leaks through because it pours from the gutters in one spot near the foundation. Re-routing water is usually a project that will require a professional's help.

Foundation Waterproofing Methods

Another of the common foundation waterproofing methods is to seal your foundation and your basement's walls. The most common way to do this is to use a liquid rubber coating on the foundation. This coating can usually be sprayed on or rolled on using a paint roller. This is a simple project that can be done by most homeowners. If you are coating inside walls, you can paint them after the coating has been applied.

If you need to hire a professional to do one of these foundation waterproofing methods, you're in luck. Hiring a contractor has never been easier. There are websites that will quickly put you in touch with a reliable contractor. Be sure to check their references and licensing and hire the contractor you are most comfortable working with.

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