Waterproofing Basement Walls

If you have leaking basement walls, let ’58 Foundations help!
Since 1958, we have been solving leaking basement walls and keeping basements and crawlspaces dry!

Standing water behind basement walls

If you have a wet basement, it could be due to water leaking and seeping through your foundation walls. Water leakage through concrete block, stone or cracked basement walls is a common problem.

As water builds up around the outside foundation walls, pressure (hydrostatic pressure) can reach extreme levels – approaching 600lbs. per square foot at the base of the wall in some cases.

This hydrostatic pressure forces water through wall cracks, mortar joints on concrete block walls, and holes where pipes penetrate the walls. To fix this problem, water needs to be drained away from the foundation. This is where ’58 Foundations can help!

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Wet walls. Water seems to have filled these corner blocks and is seeping in at the edge of the floor. The white discoloration is efflorescence… evidence that water was probably in those blocks as well.

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Waterproofing basement walls options
There are two main options to waterproofing basement walls. Doing it from the outside or inside.

Outside

One way to waterproof basement walls is to apply a waterproof coating or plastic sheet material to the exterior of the foundation, while also installing drainage pipe at the base of the wall. This is referred to as exterior waterproofing.

This exterior waterproofing method is most often done when a house is built. When integrated into the new construction process, exterior waterproofing systems can be installed affordably.

Once a house is built and soil has been backfilled around the foundation, it’s expensive and very disruptive to install an exterior waterproofing system. Most homeowners don’t want to do this because of the heavy equipment required and the disruption of digging out the foundation.

Outside

One way to waterproof basement walls is to apply a waterproof coating or plastic sheet material to the exterior of the foundation, while also installing drainage pipe at the base of the wall. This is referred to as exterior waterproofing.

This exterior waterproofing method is most often done when a house is built. When integrated into the new construction process, exterior waterproofing systems can be installed affordably.

Once a house is built and soil has been backfilled around the foundation, it’s expensive and very disruptive to install an exterior waterproofing system. Most homeowners don’t want to do this because of the heavy equipment required and the disruption of digging out the foundation.

Inside

If you have wet basement walls or floor, an interior waterproofing system is the best option. Interior basement waterproofing involves installing a drainage channel at the base of the wall, around the perimeter of the basement. The drain collects all water leaking or seeping from your basement walls and conveys the water to a sump pump.

Putting a ’58 Foundations’ waterproof panel or membrane on your basement walls will drain water down into the drainage channel. This perimeter drainage system and wall membrane are an effective way to waterproof basement walls. Together they capture water leakage before it can spread onto the basement floor.

This membrane also stops water vapor from permeating into the basement, making the space drier. With a professional level ’58 Foundation’s dehumidifier, your basement can feel as comfortable as your upstairs.

Bright basement. ’58 Foundations’ flexible wall membrane brightened up this basement workout room. More importantly it’s part of the waterproofing system that keeps this basement dry!
Ready for finishing. This basement ’is now ready for finishing. The wall membrane and drainage channel will keep water out and protect the wall material and flooring used to finish the space.

When do you need a wall membrane?

It depends on where your basement is leaking and the condition of your basement walls. It also depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and what you intend to use your basement for.

In some cases, your ‘58 Foundations’ specialist may recommend covering all or part of the interior basement walls with a waterproof membrane.

Heavyweight vinyl membranes or rigid plastic panels can be used for this purpose. This waterproof barrier allows all wall leakage to flow into the drainage system.

’58 Foundations’ has wall coverings that can be used behind a finished wall, or panels that can be left exposed and brighten up a basement.

When do you need a wall membrane?

It depends on where your basement is leaking and the condition of your basement walls. It also depends on what you’re trying to accomplish and what you intend to use your basement for.

In some cases, your ‘58 Foundations’ specialist may recommend covering all or part of the interior basement walls with a waterproof membrane.

Heavyweight vinyl membranes or rigid plastic panels can be used for this purpose. This waterproof barrier allows all wall leakage to flow into the drainage system.

’58 Foundations’ has wall coverings that can be used behind a finished wall, or panels that can be left exposed and brighten up a basement.

Ready for finishing. This basement ’is now ready for finishing. The wall membrane and drainage channel will keep water out and protect the wall material and flooring used to finish the space.

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