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Interior Waterproofing System

Interior System: Inside drains may be used to waterproof from the inside of the basement. Typically, this involves opening the floor around the perimeter of the basement, digging a trench, and installing pipe and gravel around the footer. The contractor also installs ‘weep-holes’—small, one-half- to three-quarter-inch holes in each block cavity—to release any water that may be trapped. The holes are covered with a plastic molding or styrene panel before the floor is re-concreted.

Pros
  • Effective at removing hydrostatic pressure at base of foundation.
  • Least expensive waterproofing.
  • Does not disturb landscaping around outside of house.
  • Addresses 2 of the 4 ways moisture gets in the foundation.
Cost
  • Highest risk solution since it brings surface water inside, then pumps it outside.
  • Unprotected outside walls susceptible to more cracking and leaking.
  • May lead to undermining of footer.
  • Warranty covers floor only.
  • Does not address humidity which causes mold growth.

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