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Waterproofing your Scarborough basement from the inside is a great option for certain houses – although we always prefer to protect your basement from the outside, allowing us to address the problem at its source. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no other option but to waterproof from the inside.
Inside waterproofing will stop water from entering into your finished basement, allowing you to enjoy a dry living space. But in this scenario there will always be a little bit of water trapped behind the membrane, which will over a very long period of time deteriorate your walls.
Be sure to use the proper insulation and vapor barrier after interior waterproofing is installed or else you run the risk of condensation building up, which could lead to mould behind your walls and in your home’s foundations. This is often referred to as a “mould sandwich”.
There’s a simple solution to preventing mould sandwiches in your home. We use a spray foam during the refinishing of your basement. It becomes its own vapor barrier, which helps eliminate the moisture. Instead of having two waterproof membranes, you get one continuous membrane, since the foam sticks to the waterproofing membrane and insulates and seals.
Interior waterproofing for the home has risen in popularity over the past decade. More people in the Scarborough area are finishing their basements as a solution to needing more living space at an affordable and convenient cost – at least compared to having to go out and buy a larger home. More and more homes are located closer to one another, making interior waterproofing more of a logical option for people. It would be wise to install interior waterproofing prior to finishing a basement.
On average, the cost to finish a basement is around $50,000. When you are spending that amount of money you want to ensure that the investment is protected and the new basement will last for many years to come. If a finished basement starts to leak, not only will the drywall need replacement but the flooring, baseboards and all the furniture would need to be removed to prevent mould.
When compared to exterior waterproofing, interior waterproofing is a lot more cost-effective. Many of our customers opt for interior waterproofing. It can range from $65 to $125 per square foot. Some of the determining factors for cost include height of basement, amount of footage, concrete thickness, residential or commercial, accessibility etc. To ensure we can quote you accurately, get in contact with us today and receive a free onsite assessment.
Insurance can be tricky, which is why we recommend speaking to a licensed insurance adviser to get more details. Some may offer coverage for an additional cost and others may have it already included in your home owner’s insurance. Be sure to keep your maintenance receipts to ensure that if a flood occurs you have the proper documentation illustrating you had the necessary system in place to prevent such an occurrence. This may assist you in getting your claim approved. Please contact your insurance specialist for more detail.