Water problems can create a host of issues for any home, and it is an unfortunate fact that the basement is often one of the primary areas at risk of this type of damage. Sadly, there are many homeowners that are poorly informed about the threat of water damage occurring to the basement. By dispelling the some waterproofing myths, you will be better able to make sound choices about protecting your home against this problem. 

Myth: A Wet Basement Always Means A Structural Problem With The Home

There is a common belief among some people that water problems in the basement are always the result of a serious structural problem with the foundation or walls. Luckily, this is not the case because this issue can also be caused by the soil and depth of groundwater around the home. When the soil is compacted, it can prevent moisture from draining away, which can allow it to start to seep in through the concrete. Additionally, a high water table can also contribute to this problem because rain can raise it high enough to come into contact with the foundation. Only an experienced waterproofing contractor will be able to determine the cause of the problem for your home.

Myth: A Waterproof Sealant Is All That Is Needed To Waterproof A Basement

Unfortunately, some homeowners will attempt to waterproof their basement without professional help. As a result, they may assume that the simple application of a waterproof sealant will address this problem. However, the exact steps for protecting the basement will depend on the cause. For example, if the issue is stemming from poor drainage around the home, the sealant may quickly lose effectiveness due to prolonged exposure to water. In these instances, it may be necessary to install drain tiles or French drains to help improve the ability of water to flow away from the home. In other instances, it may be necessary to install a sump pump to physically pump water away from the home before it can cause damage.

Protecting the basement of your home against water damage may not have been a task that first-time homeowners are knowledgeable about combating. To make sure that you are able to protect your home against this type of damage, you should make sure to understand the realities concerning common misconceptions. Knowing that a wet basement is not just a sign of structural problems and that only applying a sealant may not be sufficient to waterproof your basement will help you to make smart choices about protecting your home from this problem.