Interior vs. Exterior Waterproofing Methods for Chicago Basements

Interior vs. Exterior Waterproofing Methods for Chicago Basements


Basements are supposed to be dry so they can safely be used as storage, work or living space.  When a basement has water seepage not only is its use compromised but the resulting dampness and mold growth can affect the health of the home’s residents.  So it’s a fairly simple conclusion that when a basement experiences seepage or dampness that it’s time to waterproof.

One of the first questions a homeowner will ask is “how?” and there are several different answers depending on the source of water, construction of the foundation and other contributing factors.  The first decision to be made, however, is whether it is better to waterproof a specific basement from the interior or the exterior because there are significant differences in the methods.

Interior vs. Exterior Waterproofing Methods

Interior Waterproofing – There are two basic methods of interior waterproofing; one strictly for poured concrete foundations, the other suitable for any basement.

Exterior Waterproofing – There are also two basic methods of exterior waterproofing, one a simple approach to crack repair, the other a comprehensive system of foundation protection.

Exterior waterproofing

Of course, there are a number of reasons why a basement waterproofing professional will recommend interior or exterior waterproofing in a particular home and they will be covered in a subsequent article.

A Chicago homeowner with a wet basement must be confident in the recommendation of the basement waterproofing contractor he or she chooses to solve the problem.  At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been keeping Chicago basements dry for more than 55 years and, because we offer a comprehensive selection of products and services, we can recommend what’s best for your home, not just what we have available.  Why not ask for our free advice?

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