Basement Waterproofing vs. Interior Systems

At Adelio’s Contracting we always prefer exterior basement waterproofing when it’s possible. We realize that this solution doesn’t fit everyone’s budget, and some situations make exterior waterproofing very difficult, or impossible. Due to that, we also offer interior basement water control solutions. Below you can learn the basic differences between the two.

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

Adelio’s would dig along the exterior foundation walls to fix cracks, waterproof the foundation with an elastomeric membrane coating, and installing new PVC pipes to carry the water away from the foundation. We then backfill the trench with gravel to allow for water to drain quickly and efficiently. This method keeps the basement walls dry, and prevents water from seeping onto the floor.

Pros

  • Incredibly effective way to keep water out of your home.
  • Protects the structural integrity
  • Increases the value of the home
  • All work is done on the exterior, so those with finished basements wouldn’t have to deal with any disturbances.
  • Protects against mold & mildew.

Cons

  • More expensive than interior methods
  • Landscaping and grass could get damaged
  • At times driveways & patios need removed & reinstalled

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Interior Basement Water Control System

Although many refer to this as interior basement waterproofing, it really is an interior water control system, or interior water diversion. Water is still entering the foundation but is redirected out of the home through an interior drainage system and sump pump.

Pros

  • Typically less expensive when compared to exterior waterproofing.
  • Eliminates the chances of developing mold & mildew.
  • May increase your resale value & living space.
  • Less invasive process when there is landscaping, driveway, patios, and decks to work around outside

Cons

  • Jackhammering the floor is loud and dusty.
  • Finished basements will need some restoration work after system is installed
  • Prolonged moisture can weaken masonry foundations over time
  • Not as effective as exterior, as the water is still coming into the foundation but now it has a direct passage back out so your basement won’t flood.

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Adelio's price was competitive, but certainly not the least expensive estimate we received. Thank goodness we decided to go with them. The company did a magnificent job with the waterproofing; the basement has been completely...

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