Interior waterproofing, also known as internal waterproofing, is the best way to cure leaks in your basement that originate from the interior of your home and is the finest solution for a damp or wet basement. When your basement gets wet and damp, it’s best to have internal waterproofing done because mould and mildew can grow there and create odours and bacteria that can be harmful to your health. This is an additional waterproofing solution that will help with the hydrostatic pressure buildup that causes a damp basement.
The materials utilised in the waterproofing procedure include an internal air-gap drainage membrane, drainage tile (weeping tile), drainage tile connecting pieces, 3/4-inch gravel, and cement.
Interior Waterproofing Benefits
The internal system method may be the best option depending on these 3 reasons:
- The place is too small or inaccessible to be reached from the outside.
- Instead of a foundation leak, the water issue is caused by hydrostatic pressure, which occurs when groundwater beneath the concrete slab rises and falls and allows water to seep through the basement slab or the point where the wall meets the floor. This groundwater may also indicate the existence of an underground brook at the site of the house’s construction.
- The Internal System is an affordable way to complete living spaces.
Basement Waterproofing Is the Key To Preventing Mold and Promoting Air Quality
If mould develops in your home, it could become a serious problem. The inhabitants of your home may experience health problems as a result of mould, which also gradually ruins the area it inhabits.
Apart from causing irritation and even posing a risk, moulds can also generate allergens, which are molecules that cause allergic reactions. Anybody who comes into contact with or inhales mould spores may develop allergies.
Patients with bronchitis are particularly vulnerable to mould growth and poor indoor air quality. Mould grows because of minute spores found in both indoor and outdoor air that are undetectable to the naked eye. If there is mould on a wet surface, it may begin to grow inside. Moisture from dust or water is all that is required for mould to grow. Because it is so widely dispersed, when it comes into contact with moisture, dust can begin to form inside. That should give you some idea of the risks associated with having a damp or wet basement.
Homeowners frequently make the mistake of waiting until a more convenient time to address issues related to water or moisture in their basements. It might be a very expensive mistake! Water damage ages badly, and you don’t want to allow mould to develop. In the long term, treating it and any associated health issues will cost you more money if it manifests.
If you suspect you may have mould in your home, the term “mould remediation,” which means “fixing a mould problem,” will likely come up when you start your research. It would be wise to seek the advice of a skilled inspector as mould usually goes undetected until it has reached a more advanced stage. Certified mould specialists will be ready to handle mould in the home and will be informed about the newest products, procedures, and regulations.
Few would argue that the best way to stop mould from forming in your home is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Therefore, get any moisture or water-related issues fixed or investigated as soon as you become aware of them.
Interior Drainage System Steps
The floor is broken around the perimeter in which the system is needed approx 6 to 10 inches away from the foundation wall.
Concrete is then removed and the trench is dug out to accommodate the 3 inch
Perforated weeping tile is installed
The weeping tile is installed and must be connected to a discharge such as a sump pump or a floor drain.
Then a dimpled sheet of drainage membrane is installed on the interior exposed wall where the system has been installed.
We then install a layer of ¾ clear gravel over the weeping tile to gain maximum drainage to the tile.
Once the membrane and gravel are installed this will allow any water from above grade or below grade to drain in the system installed.
Then a layer of concrete is installed over the exposed trench that will finish the floor back to its original level.
Common Exterior Leak Problems
Floor and Wall
By adding drainage within your house, internal waterproofing may reroute water entry to the appropriate point of disposal. Installing an internal waterproofing system provides the primary advantage of being able to stop water from passing through the wall and under the footing.
Our drainage membrane creates an impermeable barrier between your wall and living space by draining away any basement walls that are being pierced. Water that has travelled beneath the footing may appear as leaks and damp patches on your basement floor; this floor will also be shielded by the drainage board and emptied through newly installed weeping tiles.
A place to release the water from the system is the primary part of any waterproofing system. Your expert could recommend a sump pump if there are no other drainage choices or if the present drainage system has been obstructed. The lowest point of your waterproofing system is a hole excavated out of your basement. Water can enter the pit thanks to a high-quality plastic liner that is fitted inside and allows gravity drainage.
A sump pump’s trigger, which forces water out of the sump pit and onto the exterior of the house, detects the accumulation of water. We only utilise the best plumbing supplies and pumps, and we also provide battery-operated backup pumps that will keep running even if your electricity is lost. Ask your sales person to explain how you may save up to $1750 on sump pump installations since the City of Toronto is presently giving a subsidy.