Each year, rain floods thousands of basements. Homeowners cannot do anything to stop rain, but they can pay for basement protection.
Many consumers are paying professionals to install dry basements systems. There are a few different types of these systems, and each comes with advantages and disadvantages. However, many homeowners don’t have the slightest clue as to how these systems work.
A typical home is constantly under attack by moisture. Hydrostatic pressure and rain constantly threaten to ruin basements. Homeowners can apply preventive measures, but in the end, an effective waterproofing system is needed.
What Are Dry Basement Systems?
A dry basement system is installed to protect a basement from moisture. It’s an installation that makes a basement floor waterproof, or it eliminates the source of water that is leaking into the basement.
Dry basement systems protect a basement’s floor from moisture. When contacting a professional waterproofing company, homeowners will have two options to choose from.
The basic basement waterproofing system
The first option is a simple and cheap solution. This type of waterproofing involves reinforcing a home’s foundation and basement flooring using cement. However, the cement that is used must be waterproofed.
Unfortunately, this waterproofing method is not always effective, and it cannot block moisture from all sources. In most cases, it’s best to make a basement waterproof, and after that, water beneath the foundation must be drained.
The Sump Pump Method
A sump pump removes water that tries to flow underneath the basement. It removes water before it ever has a chance of pooling. This second waterproofing method involves the use of a sump pump.
When this system is installed, it uses special tiles and rocks to reinforce basement flooring. It’s effective for removing water quickly, and it drains water into a basin. It’s crucial that the basin is created at a lower level than the basement.
Whenever water fills the basin, the sump pump activates and sends the water into the local sewage system. Dry basement systems constantly drain water, which prevents the accumulation of hydrostatic pressure.
There is a basement waterproofing system called Thermal Dry. This system consists of a plastic vapor barrier, and it’s called a whole-wall system because it covers all of the basement walls. On one side of the plastic barrier, there are bubbles, which are thermal spacers.
The bubbles make it possible for drainage to occur. The plastic barrier prevents moisture from penetrating basement walls, and if any leaks occur, it drains water into a drainage system. Thermal Dry has a reflective foil, which enables it to reflect the majority of heat that touches it. Put simply, the reflective foil saves energy.
These are some of the common dry basements systems, but homeowners can choose from many more. There are several benefits to paying for a dry basement system.