Your basement could be just as much used by family members as anywhere else in your home. However, water damage could render the space unusable; in fact, it could also make the space unhealthy because of mold. Waterproofing may have been considered, but avoid waterproofing mishaps like these.

Relying on Caulk

Many people imagine caulk to be waterproof. If you're caulking wall joints, cracks and other things, you might agree. However, even though caulk can have water-resistant properties, it's not usually sufficient to protect the entire space. Waterproof paint, seals and epoxies should instead be employed.

Choosing Tile Improperly

If recently renovating either the basement itself or a bathroom there, walls of sandstone or travertine might seem most attractive. However, these porous materials threaten your basement. Ensure your contractors pay attention to water damage and help you select stones and materials correctly.

Blocking Cold Joints

The so-called "cold joint" where the walls meet your basement floor seems like an obvious spot to plug or seal when waterproofing. However, doing so will only encourage increased wall pressure. If that occurs, your basement may be more at risk. Instead, as you work to coat and seal various walls, leave the bottom cold joints alone.

Ignoring Soil

To lower pressure, you should also be concerned about what's happening just outside your basement. Many property owners ignore the ground immediately surrounding the basement. This error can mean you're unsure whether soil is gently sloping away from the basement or foundation. This is important for drainage of rainwater. Without sloping, water can be absorbed and exert pressure on basement walls.

Ignoring Runoff

If you're ignoring sloping soil, there's a good chance you're ignoring the runoff water situation that originates on the roof. As water slides down, it should be going into well-attached gutters and straight downspouts. If that water isn't being carried several feet away from the basement or foundation, it will get absorbed by the soil to further pressurize the basement walls. Ensure you're using downspout extenders.

Nailing Things into Walls

After you believe waterproofing's completed, you may resume normal life in the basement. You might consider nailing hooks, screws and similar objects into your walls for personal purposes. This can effectively breach all the surface waterproofing you've been doing, presenting a fresh place for water to get in. Avoid nailing or drilling into walls.

These waterproofing errors are reasons to consult with and contact basement waterproofing services. Their knowledge will enable your basement to resist most, if not all, water damage.