Building A Home In A Flood-Prone Area? How To Keep Water Out Of Your Basement

6 April 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are building a home in an area that is prone to floods, you need to ensure that water will stay out of your basement. One way to do this is to use exterior waterproofing. The best time to do this is when building a home as this will make the waterproofing methods go much easier for the contractors. Fortunately, there are many methods that can be used when doing this.

Seal the Foundation

When installing the foundation for your home, sealing the walls of the foundation is a good way to keep water out. This sealant is placed on the walls as soon as the foundation dries and cures. The one downside to this is the sealant will eventually fade. Because of this, you need to inspect the exterior foundation walls on a regular basis to see if the waterproof sealant needs to be replaced. 

Because this coating is very important, you should consider hiring a professional to install it for you. This will ensure it is done correctly.

Install a French Drain

Another exterior waterproofing method is installing an exterior French drain. If you get a lot of rain, instead of letting the rain enter your basement, the French drain will direct the water to an area away from your home. 

These drains will not only keep water out of the basement, but they will also prevent water from building up around the foundation. This prevents the foundation from becoming damaged or becoming weaker as the soil around the foundation will become unstable after it has been drenched with water for long periods. A waterproofing professional can install a French drain for you. Fortunately, the installation will not cause a lot of damage to your lawn and landscaping. 

Install a Downspout Drain

A downspout drain connects to the downspout that is attached to your gutter system. If there is a lot of water, sometimes the downspout that is connected to your gutter will not be able to handle it all. This means water will accumulate quickly near your home and foundation.

Downspout drains are often buried in the ground. A trench is required, along with piping materials such as PVC pipes, couplings, and adapters. Because of this, you should hire a professional to install the downspout drain for you.

To learn more about your options, contact a company that offers exterior waterproofing services in your local area.