Basement waterproofing infographic

Flooded basements and cellars are a common problem worldwide, regardless of the weather, but why do basements flood? This basement waterproofing infographic looks the main reasons a basement will flood and outlines what can be done to stop it.

The benefits of a fully waterproofed basement or cellar are obvious – it can act as a study, home office, rumpus room and add a significant amount of money to the resell value of a property.

Old school basement waterproofing involved creating a physical barrier, usually treated cement, to keep any water ingress out. This method has many faults because it allows for a build up of water pressure against the basement walls. This can lead to penetrating damp on any earth facing walls. Common signs of water ingress are damp patches and flaking plaster, paint or wallpaper in your basement.

Modern basement waterproofing makes sure the water and moisture is controlled, managed  and channelled using a drainage system in combination with air gap wall waterproofing and sump pumps below floor level. This results in a lowering of the level of the water table and easing the pressure on the basement walls.

Source – Wise Basement Systems