The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Exterior Waterproofing

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If you have a basement that seems to flood every time there is heavy rainfall in the area, you may be looking at waterproofing methods. There are many ways that you can waterproof your basement, including interior waterproofing paint, utilizing a drainage and sump pump system, or completing exterior waterproofing. Learning the advantages and disadvantages of various methods can help you determine which is ideal for your home. Here are a couple of those advantages and disadvantages. 

The Disadvantages of Exterior Waterproofing

  • Exterior Waterproofing Is Expensive

One of the biggest disadvantages to exterior waterproofing is the cost. Exterior waterproofing is one of the most expensive ways to waterproof your space. This is because it is labor-intensive and time-consuming. Many professionals are now recommending newer homes have exterior waterproofing completed when the home is built because it is far cheaper to do so at that stage of the game. 

  • Exterior Waterproofing Disrupts the Land Around Your Basement

The other disadvantage to exterior waterproofing is that it disturbs all of your landscaping around your basement. The land around your foundation has to be excavated to reach the exterior basement walls. This means removing grass, mulch, and plants in the way. This is a huge project that can disturb a lot of your landscaping. 

The Advantages of Exterior Waterproofing

  • Exterior Waterproofing Is the Most Effective Basement Waterproofing Method

The biggest advantage associated with exterior waterproofing is that it is the most effective basement waterproofing method. While no method is 100 percent effective, this does a great job at keeping most water out of your basement. This reduces water damage, flooding and mold growth, all of which can be costly to deal with and remove from your space. 

  • Exterior Waterproofing Also Protects Your Foundation from Future Damage

The other major advantage associated with exterior waterproofing is that exterior waterproofing involves waterproofing the foundation of your home. This helps to keep water out of the foundation, which extends its life and prevents future damage. Foundation repairs can be costly, so preventing damage can be beneficial. 

It is important to understand that each and every home is different, and as such, the reasons why your basement may be flooding differs. While there are some advantages and a couple disadvantages to exterior waterproofing, it may not be ideal in every situation. Talk to an exterior waterproofing contractor to learn more about whether this method is ideal for your space or whether a different waterproofing method may be more beneficial. 

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