Protecting your possessions is an important aspect that anyone who has been through a disaster knows about. It's sad, but most often times we don't realize how much we miss our things until we no longer have them.

Natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods can all greatly affect a home no matter where you're located. Because your basement is normally the safest place to be during a natural disaster, it's only appropriate to take the proper steps in waterproofing it.

Give your basement the once over before you actually begin waterproofing. If your home is an older one, it's wise and recommended that you fill in any cracks – no matter their size. This type of work can be done a number of ways, but the best way is through liquid urethane foam, a liquid that once it bonds with water will turn into a sealant of foam material.

After you have given your basement the evil, critical eye it's best to begin waterproofing after all patches and repairs have been completed and set. Waterproofing mix should be spread over a misted wall, oddly enough, but the walls should not be dripping with water.

You want the mix to stick to the wall like a small sheet of plastic will stick to a misted window. Always follow instructions that you find within the waterproofing mix as they provide the best way to apply and coat your walls.

Many different types of mixes can't adhere to walls that have been painted, so you always want to waterproof before you decide to finish a basement. If your walls are painted beforehand, however, you would treat it as any other refinishing and sand down the old paint before applying the mix.

The idea behind waterproofing is to fill in every crack and crevice that your walls might have. Think of it like filling in large pores on your face with makeup. We know this might be a little difficult for men to conceive, so just think of it as if you were smoothing out the bumps on a basketball with filler material.

You can also create your own waterproofing mixture with just a bit of concrete and water and develop it into a creamy consistency. You will then rub it on in a circular motion with hard brush.

When applying your choice of waterproofing mixture, always remember to begin at the bottom of the walls as this is the part that will suffer the most from water damage. Cover only spots that concern you.

Feather the mix out as the edges to ensure that there is a good seal on your cover. Once completed, allow everything to dry completely. After it's dry, thoroughly wet it down with a garden hose or other means and allow it to soak up over night.

Once this step has been achieved, wet down the walls again and reapply the mixture while it is still wet. Two coats is the right way to do it, skipping out for lack of motivation is a sure fire way to incur more water damage.