Purchasing basement waterproofing materials can either be a simple, inexpensive thing to do or a substantial and costly project. It all depends on exactly what type of waterproofing you plan on doing: internal or external. Internal waterproofing, which homeowners can do on their own with minimal assistance, can be accomplished with affordable products. External waterproofing, on the other hand, involves some pretty expensive materials.
Internal basement waterproofing can be completed with materials as simple as crack compound, mold solution and waterproofing paint, all of which can be purchased at a local home improvement store for a few bucks. In only a weekend, you should have no problem waterproofing the inside of your basement walls.
The problem therein is that internal basement waterproofing, while it improves the aesthetic appearance of your home and increases its marketability, doesn’t really protect you against serious flooding. The materials you purchase at the home improvement store can’t stop heavy rain from invading your basement if your area experiences significant rainfall.
External foundation drainage systems are what really keep water from flooding your home, and in order to service them, you need to excavate around your home with heavy equipment. The footer drains surrounding your home move excess rainwater away from your property and deposit it in a safer location, and if they become clogged some serious flooding can occur.
Basement waterproofing materials for these types of projects end up costing a significant amount of money. Heavy excavating equipment, several tons of aggregate back-fill material, and other items might be easily accessible by a professional contracting company, but not the average homeowner.
If you’re waterproofing and beautifying the inside of your home on your own, then don’t expect to pay much for the materials you need to get the job done. But hiring a professional waterproofing company, which might need to use some expensive products to fix your home, can end up costing you a significant amount of money.