Should I Choose an Exterior Waterproofing System?

Thursday, August 20th, 2020 by Emily Dowling

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Choosing a Waterproofing System for Your Basement

Common questions we recieve are, "What is the best waterproofing system for my basement?" and "Can you waterproof a basement from the inside?"

The answer is that the most effective waterproofing solution is an interior system.

Finding moisture in the basement of your home can be the beginning of a long process. Deciding which route to take and which contractor to go with can be difficult and confusing.

All waterproofing solutions come with a list of positive and negative qualities.

Some solutions focus on the exterior of your home, stopping the water before it has the chance to leak inside. Other solutions take the water that is in the home and carry it outside before there is any lasting damage.

Navigating through the options will set your expectations as you prepare for the work that will be done.

Below are some things to consider before choosing an exterior waterproofing system.



Exterior Waterproofing System

Exterior waterproofing requires heavy excavation around the foundation of your home. Not only will this tear up your landscaping, grass, porch, or any other materials, but it can come with a hefty price.

After the drainage is installed, dirt is backfilled into the area. The dirt is designed to absorb most of the water around it, but this will not last forever.

Excavation is a short-term solution for a long-term problem.



Outdoor drains are a common waterproofing solution for some homes. However, if your landscaping is not sloped correctly, the drain proves to be ineffective.

The better solution is to install a drain with a sump pump on the interior of your home.



Interior Waterproofing System

With an interior (or internal) drainage system, the moisture will flow from the drain to the pump and out of the basement, leaving your space clean and dry.

When interior systems are installed, they are much easier to be serviced and maintained. Waterproofing your home from the inside is your best option.

In the rare event that you have an issue with your system, a certified service technician can quickly access and address the troubled area.


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Big home improvements can make anyone worry.

At Baker's Waterproofing, we believe that an interior system will be better for you and your home in the long run.

Take the first step, and call us today for a free estimate.


About the author

Emily Dowling, Marketing Coordinator Find me on LinkedIn

Emily is the Marketing Coordinator. She helps maintain a consistent brand and creates educational content to help homeowners identify potential water, foundation, or concrete problems.

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