Basement flooding is more common than you’d think. Water has a sneaky way of getting in and often nowhere near where you’d expect. In a basement, condensation occurs naturally and gathers up around the base of the walls of the basement. As this collection grows, it becomes drops that then become pools and so on.
This is the reason that we use a membrane such as the waterproof or damp proof membrane from Wykamol. The membrane is basically an impermeable layer of plastic sheet that is used to line the walls and floor of a basement. The plastic sheet has raised bumps at regular intervals to allow the membrane to rest away from the concrete wall surface or the concrete floor surface and prevent basement flooding. So what does basement membrane do, what is its purpose?
The bumps in the membrane layer allow water or moisture to flow freely under the plastic into channels and ultimately a sump where it can be safely pumped out of the basement. We at Basement Builder have installed many, many sump and pump systems over the years and all of them required a professional membrane installation to channel moisture away. The membrane installation is fool proof and effectively damp proofs the basement. It is also commonly referred to as damp proof or waterproofing membrane.
There are many suppliers of membranes like these. We are Wykamol Approved Installers, but will install any specified membrane as required by the engineer’s specification.
Aside from condensation, basement flooding occurs often simply because of gravity. With the basement being the lowest level in the house, any water leak up top will often manifest itself when water starts to collect in the basement. This can cause your sump and pump to work harder than it should, and may result in basement flooding.
Has Basement Flooding become a problem for you? We have many retrofit solutions that can help.