Before you sell your home, you need to make sure you do everything that you can to get it ready. If you have a basement, you need to make sure it is waterproofed. This can be a huge selling point to potential home buyers. This is especially true if they plan to use the basement as part of the home, such as for a weight room or an area for their children to play. Below is some information about basement waterproofing.
Check the Gutter Downspouts
The first thing you should do in the waterproofing process is to check the gutters. The main job of a gutter is to redirect water roof runoff away from the home's foundation so the soil is not saturated by water, which could leak into the basement. Look at the gutter downspouts to make sure they are directing water away from your home. If they are not, then you may need to make them longer by adding an extension or they may not be pointed away from your home.
Types of Basement Waterproofing
There are many different types of basement waterproofing. You can hire a waterproofing professional to help you decide what would be best for you. Three types they may suggest include:
The contractor may suggest using an exterior sealant to stop ground water from getting in through the basement walls. The sealant may be made of a polymer base or asphalt base, and is brushed onto the exterior foundation around the perimeter of your home. The contractor may put more than one coat on. Before they apply the sealant, they will fill in any cracks and clean the foundation. This should not be the only form of waterproofing you do, however, but it is good to add for some extra protection.
Drain Tile System
In case water does come up through the basement floor and walls, a drain tile system can be installed. The first step of having this done is removing the basement floor around the inside perimeter. The contractors will use jack hammers to do this. Once the floor is removed, the contractor will install drain tile and stone under the floor. The drain tile is connected to a sump pump or floor drain that redirects water away from the basement and your home if water does leak. When the contractor finishes, they will replace the concrete flooring.
If you have a French drain installed, a trench is dug around your home. A pipe with perforated holes running along the bottom of it is placed into the trench, and rock or gravel is placed over the pipe to hold it in place. This will redirect both ground water and surface water away from your home. This not only protects your foundation, but prevents water from leaking into your basement. You can hire a contractor to install the French drain for you or you may be able to do it yourself.
Some home buyers may contact a waterproofing contractor to check the basement for them to ensure it is waterproofed.