Lorain Basement Waterproofing

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Lorain Basement Waterproofing

The majority of Lorain basement waterproofing today is being performed by system companies. System companies may claim to offer different methods, but will always steer you to their method, which is usually an interior water control system. This one size fits all approach to basement waterproofing benefits the waterproofing company more often than the customer. I can think of no other industry that so predominantly utilizes a system approach as opposed to a problem solving approach.

There are really only two options available to solve wet basement problems: interior or exterior. Interior work utilizes drainage inside your basement to control the water that is entering and directs it to a sump pump. This method should never be called waterproofing, it should be referred to as water control. Water control systems allow the water in, in order to pump it back out. True basement waterproofing is accomplished only by exterior excavation to the bottom of the foundation, installing proper drainage and treating the walls to prevent water from entering. Let it in and pump it out, or keep it out altogether. This is the main difference between waterproofing and water control.

Which method is best for your foundation? The overwhelming consensus among professionals outside of the industry, structural engineers, local building department officials, etc., is that waterproofing is always the best choice. So why do so many companies in this industry propose water control approaches? Because it is all they do. Water control systems are relatively easy to install. They require very little in the way of equipment, material, or time, and require minimal labor skills. Water control systems have their place; however if damp spots, cracking, mold, or shifting of the walls is your concern, water control systems can actually make your problem worse. Lorain Basement Waterproofing