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Waterproofing Your Home Both Inside And Out

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Waterproofing contractors provide a wide variety of tasks to make your home waterproof and ready to handle just about any weather. While many people think waterproofing only involves the basement, there are many other parts of your home that should be dealt with as well. A waterproofing contractor will check the house for areas of concern that may have been overlooked originally.

The Inspection Process

Before any work can begin, the contractor will need to look around the property for areas that could be of concern. The basement is often an issue, and while sometimes it has been dealt with, it is not always enough to paint the foundation and call it a day. The contractor will evaluate both the inside and out of the home, looking for areas where might get in and make recommendations as to what needs to be done to fix it.

Sealing The Foundation

There is a right way to do things, and in order for a foundation to be properly sealed, the soil around it must be removed so it can be sealed all the way to the bottom.  If the home is in a low area and is prone to water seepage, it might be time to consider putting in a drain around the house. From inside the home, the gaps or seams in the basement wall should be caulked to seal them and ensure no water is coming in that way.

Caulking both the inside and the outside of the building with a high-quality silicone or polymer sealant is important. Sealing Windows and Doors Every point that has the potential to leak around it needs to be sealed. That means gaps around doors, windows, or other openings in the home need to be check and caulked with the proper silicon material. If you have a well with things like water or electrical lines that have to come into the house through a wall, need to be sealed so that water can not get through there either.

Dealing With A Wet Floor

If the floor in your basement is constantly wet and everything has been properly sealed, it may need to have a sump pump put in to get the water out. The contractor will look for a low spot and cut a hole in the floor, install a bucket to catch the water then place the pump in. Any water that enters the bucket will be pumped out away from the house or into a drain that will carry the water away safely.

For more information, contact a company like Stan Young Drainage.