Difference Between Interior and Exterior Waterproofing

What Is The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Waterproofing?

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We offer Kansas City homeowners a variety of interior and exterior waterproofing services. This can be a real game changer if you constantly struggle with a leaky basement, water stains, wall cracks, and other problems. Foundation repair is a rare trade and skill set, which is why it helps to have professional assistance whenever home stability is at stake.

How does Olson Foundation Repair handle exterior and interior waterproofing for residential homes?

How We Approach Interior and Exterior Waterproofing

The difference between interior and exterior methods varies somewhat, but there are similar ways to do either. Our work involves everything from installing drain-tile systems (inside or outside) to simply making sure your gutters and downspouts are clean.

Beginning with the exterior techniques, we usually do drain-tile systems and waterproofing membranes, both of which may require wall pushes. That’s what we do when the wall is leaning significantly. There we excavate the outside area, set the wall straight, and then install a drain-tile system.

In short, the approach we take depends on the severity of the leaks or damages. Sometimes people prefer waterproofing interventions that are smaller, more controlled, and don’t include all the heavy yard excavation. We understand that, so on the inside, we can install a drain-tile system as well.

In fact, we’ve had the best success with the various interior strategies for basement waterproofing. When we do things that way, it also means you don’t have to worry about weather delays, so our projects finish faster.

Considerations for Wall Materials & Classic Homes

The wall materials play a role in this as well. Cinder-block walls tend to be coarser and hollow, which are harder to repair than poured-concrete materials. All walls crack in their own ways, but we usually encounter more trouble with the older cinder-block ones.

When we deal with 100-year-old homes, we try to keep the building integrity intact as much as possible. As you might imagine, we value the history and appeal of classic homes, so it’s our goal to avoid replacing and altering everything. Of course, it all depends on the severity of the foundation issues, but we prefer to leave as much of the old material as possible.

Add Significant Home Value with Basement Waterproofing

Whether your home has a basement or crawl space, it pays serious dividends, over the long term, to waterproof everything.

How does basement waterproofing contribute to better home value?

  • Although certain projects may cost a few thousand dollars, some estimates show you can achieve a 30% ROI through waterproofing.
  • Does your home struggle with mold, mildew, pest intrusion, and other related problems? If so, it usually means you have leaks or cracks somewhere, either in your roof, siding, or along the foundation. When it’s the latter, then waterproofing your basement is one of the surest ways to eliminate the problem.
  • Once you finally implement a permanent solution (like an interior drain-tile system), you won’t have to dedicate as much time to maintenance and upkeep.
  • This is also an essential way to protect any of the basement-level rooms around your home.
  • Finally, since Kansas City gets lots of rain sometimes, this is also an important step to preventing costly home floods.

Hire Olson Foundation Repairs Anytime for the Most Effective Home Waterproofing

We hope you’ll keep us in mind whenever you explore home waterproofing solutions. Even for minor issues, it helps to obtain professional assistance. Plus, if you aren’t sure if you really have a problem with leaks, cracks, or inward wall movement, you can get in touch with us for a free inspection.

Olson Foundation Repairs has all the requisite licensing, bonding, and insurance to perform difficult waterproofing and foundation work. We also maintain a solid reputation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), receive plenty of compliments from past customers, and have a consistent track record of honoring all service warranties.

Contact us today to learn more about Olson Foundations Repair’s outstanding interior and exterior waterproofing solutions.

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