Preveing basement water leaks
Waterproofing the floor in your basement is an important maintenance step and it must be done by every home owner. Waterproofing the floor basement will stop mold from growing and will also avoid any water damage to your home. Here are a few tips on how to waterproof your basement.
Some of the tools and materials that you will need are:
- Patching compound
- Paint brush
- Bonding adhesive
- Caulk gun
- Paint brush
Before you start waterproofing the floor basement, you will need to make the necessary repairs. Fill any cracks and holes with mortar. You can also use caulk for thin cracks.
Make sure you clean the crack before you fill it. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt and debris. Only after you can apply a bonding adhesive and then the patching compound.
Applying the primer
After the patching compound has dried, you can start applying the primer. Make sure you buy a primer that can be applied on concrete. Let the primer dry for a few hours before applying the first coat of waterproofing paint.
Applying the first coat of paint
Now you can start applying the paint. You should use an epoxy paint with waterproofing capabilities. You can either use a brush or a roller. Let the first layer dry for 24 hours and then apply another one, even two. Because concrete is a porous material, it will absorb the first coat of paint almost entirely.