Exterior basement waterproofing is sometimes overlooked, but with the annual threat of rain and melting snow in Iowa, your home should be prepared. Too often foundation contractors and home builders will only use damp-proofing methods instead of exterior waterproofing methods like ECP perimeter drain systems. Exterior waterproofing involves redirecting water away from the foundation. This can involve elaborate drainage systems or require less effort with proper gutter and downspout systems and landscaping.
Exterior drainage and waterproofing are important preventative measures to keep excess water from entering your home. When water enters your home, it causes damage to not only your home’s foundation but also your personal belongings. How does water enter your home from the exterior? Moisture is transferred from the outside of the building to the basement interior by four primary mechanisms.
The number one thing needed to properly waterproof the exterior of a structure is – care. Yes, you must care. You must use proper materials, take your time, and have pride in the workmanship. Without these things, your home will not be waterproofed correctly. At WCI Basement Repair we care. We have the knowledge and experience to provide you with exterior waterproofing services that are done right the first time. If you are interested in learning more about our exterior waterproofing services, contact us!
Since you are protecting your biggest investment, proper basement waterproofing in Iowa should be done correctly and provide a permanent solution to your home. Remember though, exterior wall waterproofing cannot prevent water from moving deeply below your foundation walls. This water can move through your basement or crawlspace floor. In these cases, an interior drainage system will complement your exterior efforts, not replace them. An interior drainage system is not waterproofing. Interior drain systems are water management agents that relieve excess water from around and under your foundation.
Another solution available is drain tile systems. Foundation drain tile systems are the means by which groundwater can be transported away from your basement’s foundation and floor. If you want a dry basement and a sound foundation, you must have an adequate foundation drainage system.
At WCI Basement Repair we have the expertise to determine the proper solution for your wet basement. We are a locally owned business in Carroll, IA. We serve the entire surrounding area. If you are interested in one of our exterior waterproofing services anywhere in Central Iowa, contact us today!
Also, keep in mind that if you are moving the exterior water to a sump pump system, this system must be up to the task. Modern sump pumps, battery backup sump pumps, and high-quality sump basins are available to remove this collected water away from your home.