Posted on: 13 November 2017Share
Waterproofing your basement is a must if it hasn't been done already or it's having problems because it was done so long ago. You will know you have problems if you have experienced leaks in the basement in the past even if they are small or you have noticed cracks in the wall of your foundation. If you know that your basement is going to need waterproofing, then you must do it in the summer before the winter season arrives. Here are three specific reasons why:
Foundation Coatings Can't Withstand the Cold Temperatures: The problem with waterproofing during the winter is that the foundation coatings can't withstand cold temperatures. Of course, the coatings can withstand for a short period of time, but waterproofing requires that the coating be exposed for many days rather than a few hours. If it's too cold, the coating will not adhere properly and will even possibly seep into the basement, which causes a bad odor and can even be damaging.
The Exterior Wall Must be Dry: If it snows where you are, then chances are the exterior foundation walls are going to be wet from being against snow and ice. The problem with this is that a wet wall cannot even have the coating needed for waterproofing applied to it. This makes it entirely impossible to waterproof in the winter season.
It Isn't Safe: Finally, it's just not safe to waterproof the basement in the winter because the dirt around the foundation needs to be excavated. This dirt is actually going to be mud, and once it starts to thaw, it will completely collapse onto the excavated area, which messes up the coating on the foundation walls and can even cause damage to the foundations, such as cracks, which just make the chance of water damage in the basement more likely.
For these three reasons, you want to schedule for basement waterproofing in the summer season when you know that it's needed. However, if you do find yourself dealing with a leak in the basement in the middle of winter, temporarily fix it with hydraulic cement that you can purchase and use to patch the area yourself. Just remember, though, that this isn't protecting your foundation since it's only patching it up to stop the leaking from spreading inside of your basement. This is just a temporary solution, and you will want to schedule for basement waterproofing that very next summer.