Remodelling your basement can free up a wealth of space for storage, relaxation or work, depending on your lifestyle and what your plans for your home may be. Whatever you decide to use it for, a well-kept basement can be a valuable asset for both yourself and the value of your home. However, it will only stay a valuable space if you waterproof the materials in it first with basement water sealer.
General waterproofing and basement water sealers are two different things. Waterproofing solutions can be used on the outside or inside of the basement to prevent water soaking into the concrete, whereas water sealers prevent moisture getting into other materials, such as wood and glass. This should be used in the fixtures and fittings of the basement and not the basement itself.
Types Of Water Sealer
There are many basement water sealers out there that can be used on various materials with varying degrees of success. Gluvit Epoxy Water Sealant is an example of a good fiberglass one. By nature it is designed to fill any cracks and leaks that it finds to protect the material against water damage and firms up the outer coating of the material to it doesn’t develop leaks in future.
Elch Pro Sealer is a good sealant for any natural materials such as brick and stone. This is designed to protect natural stone by not allowing moisture in but allowing the stone to breathe and let excess moisture out.
Both of the basement water sealers mentioned above do an effective job on the materials they protect against moisture and the elements, but very few sealants actually protect several materials. Specialist sealants are proven to work on their specific materials better than a general water sealer will, so it is best to employer several to seal the surfaces that need it.
Applying Water Sealer
Most basement water sealers come in cans for application via brush. As it takes on the appearance and consistency of a varnish, it cannot be sprayed evenly and thus has to be applied with a brush, which will serve to ensure that every grain is coated as long as the job is done thoroughly.
It is best to use a medium bristle brush or a solvent resistant foam brush to apply the sealer to make sure the surface is completely covered because the hair of the brush can get into every nook and cranny. Missing a bit will provide moisture with just the gap it needs to penetrate the surface so this is an important instruction.
Most basement water sealants need to be applied twice to ensure that it takes, although some have been developed in the last few years that only need one coat. Thompson sealant is a prime example of this. All pots only have a life of 1 to 2 hours though so doing the job in one go is an absolute must if you want the optimum results.
The problem with water sealers is that their composition contains solvents and so they must be used carefully with goggles and gloves. They must also be kept away from children in the hour or so it takes for them to dry.
None of the ones that are sold on the general market are toxic, although all of them are flammable until dry and so must be handled with care. Applying them in a cool environment is therefore a necessity.
Basement water sealers do come in handy if you are remodelling your basement and should be employed to preserve the effect that you are aiming for. They can be expensive, but the final results are worth it because your prized possessions are protected for years to come.