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When it comes to expanding your home living space, one of the most effective ways to do it is to finish the basement. You can turn a full basement into an entire floor of extra living space. You may even be able to create bedrooms, install a kitchen, and add a bathroom. I created this site to share my experiences with basement renovations and construction. My hope is that sharing what I have learned will help others to see that it's easier than you think to finish the basement and create the space you have always envisioned in your home.

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Looking To Waterproof Your Basement? What Factors A Contractor Looks At When Deciding To Do Internal Or External Waterproofing

If you notice that water is leaking into your basement, you may be looking into basement waterproofing services. These services can waterproof your basement to help keep water out. One of the biggest decisions that need to be made before waterproofing can start is where exactly the waterproofing will take place. Most waterproofing is done either on the exterior of your basement or the interior. Here are a few of the factors that a basement waterproofing contractor will look at when deciding whether to recommend internal or external basement waterproofing.

How the Water Is Getting into Your Basement

A contractor will take a hard look as to how the water is getting into your basement. Water typically enters a basement through the foundation wall or through the ground beneath the basement. If your basement has water in it after it rains, odds are it is coming in through the foundation wall and external waterproofing is needed. If the water only seems to be present after a significant amount of rainfall or days of rain, it may be coming in beneath the basement and internal waterproofing may be needed. In some cases, both methods of waterproofing may be recommended.

What Waterproofing Methods May Already Be in Place

Another factor that will be looked at when a contractor recommends internal versus external basement waterproofing is what waterproofing methods may already be in place. Some people have already taken steps to partially waterproof the inside or outside of their basement. If one method has already been started, a contractor may recommend finishing up that method completely before attempting the other method. 

Your Budget

The final factor that is looked at when determining whether internal or external waterproofing should be done is your budget. External waterproofing is usually more expensive than internal waterproofing. It involves excavating all of the land away from the foundation of your home and then completing foundation repairs and waterproofing the wall. It is more laborious and time-consuming, but it is more efficient at keeping water out. However, if your budget doesn't support this method, internal waterproofing may still offer some protection, and some protection is better than none. 

A contractor will inspect your basement and make a recommendation to you as to whether they feel external, internal, or both methods of waterproofing are ideal for your basement and your situation. If you have water that seeps into your basement, contact a basement waterproofing service quickly to begin the process of keeping water out.