Waterproof basement walls inside or outside?

Waterproofing basement walls can only be done via exterior basement waterproofing, but you may not need that to solve your basement leaks.

The definition of waterproof in Wikipedia states “Waterproof or water-resistant describes objects relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions.” And adds, “In construction, a building or structure is waterproofed with the use of membranes and coatings to protect contents underneath or within as well as protecting structural integrity.”

If you have wet basement walls you can dry up your space with an interior basement waterproofing system but will still potentially have dampness or actual water in your foundation which can cause damage over time. Most people go with the interior based on the cost of basement waterproofing being much higher on the outside than from the inside.

There are membranes designed to waterproof basement walls that are manufactured on large rolls.  These membranes are 8’ high and when installed properly create a liner around your basement like the reverse of a swimming pool.  Other systems such as compressed fiberglass actually draw water through them against your foundation potentially causing damp areas.

For  more information visit Pioneer Basement Solutions here or call 1-877-321-4889.  Serving Northeast Ohio since 1979.

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