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Blog » DIY vs Professional Waterproofing: A Quick Rundown

August 16, 2022

When you’re dealing with basement water issues, it can be tempting to just buy a product and slap it down, hoping this option will be the best one for your needs. And in some cases, this may work to your advantage. However, when it comes to serious basement waterproofing, nobody gets it done like the pros. Here’s why.

DIY vs Professional Waterproofing A Quick Rundown

DIY vs Professional Waterproofing: A Quick Rundown

Let’s start by looking at how a basement starts to leak. If your basement has been dry in the past, you may have had some slight settling in your foundation that causes a crack to form. Combined with poor drainage away from your foundation, water can then seep through your foundation and into your basement, causing water to build up and cause damage.

Many homeowners start with a sump pump, not realizing that there are more complex issues at play that need to be addressed. They find a crack and seal it, not understanding that the foundation is still settling and can cause further problems. They apply a coating, not understanding that the coating is only intended to be one part of a multi-part system that will keep your basement dry for many years to come.

By comparison, professional waterproofing looks at the entire process. Not only is it focused on stopping the water, but on locating the source of the issue and fixing the problem there, whether that involves mud jacking your foundation, improving drainage in your yard, or similar issues that need to be addressed. It’s only at that point that the other parts of the system, including sealants, coatings, sump pumps, and drains, can work together effectively to keep your basement dry for many years to come.

By understanding the issues that can arise during basement waterproofing, you can better comprehend why it’s important to have professional waterproofing for your Rochester home. If you need more than the most basic waterproofing completed in the basement of your Rochester home, the professional waterproofing experts at Storm Basement Waterproofing can help. Please feel free to reach out today with any questions, for more details about our services, or to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly team members.

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