Why You Need Basement Waterproofing Before Winter

While basement waterproofing is a huge hassle for most people, there are some very good reasons to get basement waterproofing before winter. If your home hasn’t had basement waterproofing, each year that passes increases the chances of experiencing basement leaks or flooding. Let’s take a closer look at why that is.

Basement Wall Erosion

Whether your basement is finished or unfinished, if your basement walls are made of stone, brick, or cement, they’re at risk of exterior erosion. Basement wall erosion is caused by ground water and moisture constantly moving against the stone. The same way a river can create a canyon, the water in the ground around your home can wear away at your basement walls.

This erosion is especially bad in areas with high rain and snowfall. As water soaks into the soil around your home, there’s a limit to how much water the soil can hold. When it hits that limit, the water will just sit there. Until enough of the deeper ground water can flow away or rise up and evaporate, the water will rest against your basement walls. 

Basement Leaking

After some time, basement wall erosion will lead to basement leaking. This is especially common with basement walls made of some type of brick. The water from the surrounding soil will find a pathway through the wall. Even if the pathway is narrow and only allows a few drips of water through in a day, they’ll add up. Plus, each drip that successfully makes it into your basement has widened the path for the next drip.

An unfinished basement will end up with moist walls. The moisture will run down the walls, leading to floor dampness. The constant moisture means a great environment for mold growth and an attractive place for pests to stop for a bit of water.

In a finished basement, the other side of the wall is likely to be covered in insulation and drywall. Where does the water go? Simple: it soaks into the insulation, which is cloaked in darkness, and begins to grow mold. The extensive damage mold growth can do when spread behind basement walls is devastating.

Basement Flooding

When basement leaking is left unchecked for a long period of time, you can end up with basement flooding. What seems like a manageable amount of moisture can quickly turn into flooding with a heavy rain and increased ground water. We don’t have to tell you how expensive this can be to repair. 

Get Basement Waterproofing Before Winter

The solution to this is getting basement waterproofing before winter. Winter is one of the worst seasons for basement walls because of the freezing temperature. Water within the basement walls will freeze and expand, damaging the walls further. Then, when the snow begins to melt, your basement is the next destination for all of the snow melt.

When you get exterior basement waterproofing before winter, you prevent additional damage from occurring and keep water from even touching your basement walls. Give us a call if you have questions about the waterproofing process or would like to schedule a consultation.

Why Do Window Wells Need Waterproofing?

If you have window wells for your basement windows, you should consider window well waterproofing. Why do window wells need waterproofing? Let’s take a look.

Window Wells and Basement Leaks

People who have basement windows in window wells are much more likely to experience basement leaks. Because window wells are below ground level, any time it rains, water can collect there. Therefore, the strength of your basement window seals is constantly being tested.

Not only can rain collect in window wells, ground water can as well. This is why window wells need waterproofing. Even if it hasn’t rained in months, if there’s snow on the ground, snow melt can seep into the soil and end up pooling in your window wells.

When your basement windows leak, the moisture can cause mold, attract pests, or even damage your foundation.

Window Wells and Basement Flooding

While basement leaks are bad enough, window wells without waterproofing can cause basement flooding as well. A bit of water coming in along the edges of your basement window is common. However, that’s not where the threat ends. If your window seal eventually gives out entirely, a heavy rain or substantial snow melt can end up flooding your basement. You wouldn’t leave your bedroom window open during a torrential downpour, right? For the same reason, this is why window wells need waterproofing. 

Without a working seal, you could wake up to find your entire basement filled with multiple inches of rainwater. This could cost you thousands of dollars in damages to your flooring, furniture, and more. Plus, that’s not to mention the amount of damage that could be caused by mold growth if not cleaned up perfectly.

Why Do Window Wells Need Waterproofing?

Why do window wells need waterproofing? The answer is simple: basement windows are not made to withstand constant pressure from outdoor water. Window wells are a water collection site and, therefore, need a drain to properly redirect that water away from your home. 

Prevent Damage to Your Home

When you invest in window well waterproofing, you’re investing in the safety and longevity of your home. The process is simple. We dig out the base of your window wells and add a drain. A grate will allow you to cover the drain with gravel. Then, when it rains, water will collect in the drain and be redirected away from the house. This is done by installing a drain pipe that leads about 20-30 feet away from your home. It is also slanted downward. Therefore, when water is redirected, it won’t be able to run back toward the house. It will soak into the ground below the level of your foundation. This also minimizes any potential foundational damage that could be caused by ground water.

If you have questions about the window well waterproofing process, call us at POM Waterproofing. We look forward to clearing up any questions you have.