Exterior Waterproofing Tips To Help Protect Your Home

Posted on: 6 November 2019

If you have a leak in your crawl space or in your basement, you will most likely look to the interior of your home for the problem, but the exterior of your home is where you should be paying most of your attention. This is especially true if those leaks are more likely seepage from exterior elements. There are a number of things you can do to help protect your home and waterproof the exterior of your home. Read on for a few tips and things you can do yourself.

Add Gutters

If you don't already have gutters, rainwater is falling directly down from your roof and close to your home's foundation, where it can easily seep into the ground and into your home. Adding gutters can help carry this rainwater away from your home as it falls into the gutters and down the downspouts. Have gutters installed on your home immediately if you don't already have them installed. If you do have gutters, be sure they are in good shape and aren't leaking.

Add Gutter Extensions

Add gutter extensions on your downspouts and be sure they are directed away from your home. There are different extensions to choose from and you can use a flexible extension and bury it in your yard if you prefer. Be sure that, if you bury the extensions, you make the extensions long enough and ensure they do not empty anywhere near your home.

Re-Grade Your Yard

Make sure your yard is graded properly to allow water to drain away from your home. If you have low spots in your yard that collect water, they may be too close to your home, and they could be the cause of your water problem. Hire a professional waterproofing company to have your yard graded properly, as this is a big task and will take a lot of large equipment to get the job done.

Slope The Perimeter

The perimeter around your home should be sloped properly so water will drain away from your home. You should also have drain tile installed around the perimeter of your home. This is also going to require some extra work, and you should hire a professional waterproofing company if you aren't sure how to do this work yourself.

If you are experiencing seepage or leaks in your crawl space or basement, you should waterproof the interior, but you should also waterproof the exterior of your home as well. If you aren't sure how to do this work yourself, hire a professional exterior waterproofing company for help.