How do you achieve basement waterproofing? The solution may not be as complicated as you think it is. There's a good chance that if you make sure that your gutters are operating effectively, you won't have to worry about any water getting into your basement. If you see water bypassing the gutters and landing on the ground you can invest in some cheap splash blocks, which will make sure that there is no waterfall around the perimeter of your house. You can also redirect the water using drain pipes.

Some problems, however, are not easily fixed just by giving your gutters a quick fix. You may very well have water coming in from the ground. This can be a big problem if you have a big hill adjacent to your house. There are generally 3 levels of basement waterproofing if you have water getting into your foundation, aside from checking your outside gutters…

Level 1

Waterproof paints and sealers. Dry Lock is one such example. Although this may keep water out for some time, it doesn't address the real issue, which is water getting in through the walls. The waterproof paint may be keeping water out of your basement, but it can give you a fall sense of security because you concrete walls are still getting water inside them.

Level 2

Products such as the Waterguard make for an interior drainage system basement waterproofing system, which keeps your basement from flooding. Although water will still be getting into the basement, it will all be intercepted and unnoticeable with this type of product.

Level 3

If you want to waterproof your basement for good you need an exterior drainage system. This will not only keep your basement from flooding, it will make sure that your basement walls are not sponges from incoming water. You can do everything you want on the inside of your basement, but if you are not taking care of the outside, you can be slowly destroying your foundation walls. Although you can hire a professional to make an exterior drainage system for you, you can do it yourself as well. And although waterproofing services say that they have the best tools or the most experience, an exterior drainage system is not an engineering marvel. You can make a French drain, a very common form of an exterior drainage system, yourself with the help of a little elbow grease. It involves digging a hole around the perimeter of your house (or where the leak is coming from) as tall as the foundation. Make the hole around a couple of feet wide. Once you can get into the hole you can apply rubber tar onto the outside of the foundation walls and then some plastic tarp. Before you apply the rubber tar and the plastic, you want to clean off the outside of the foundation wall so that you make sure that the most important parts (the cracks/holes) are covered. You also don't have to use rubber tar and a plastic tarp as there are a lot of products made for this purpose. Place a tube on the bottom of the hole and then fill it with gravel. You want to make sure that the tube has holes on the top of it to intercept the water and that it is slanted so that the water goes out of it. For a more detailed explanation of how to make your own French drain simply search for "French drain" or "French drain basement" on your favorite search engine. You can combine this type of system with the other minimally effective methods to get a dry basement. For example, you can get an exterior basement waterproofing system along with waterproof paint on the inside walls.

Some basements leak through their floors. This uncommon type of leak is probably going to require professional help.

If you have had constant water in your basement you may have water damage mold and may need to hire a mold removal specialist.