The basement of any house is perhaps the most vulnerable to damaging and degrading damp. This is usually a direct result of neglect when building the house and then continuing to neglect it afterwards too. There are techniques that can be used to combat the effects of damp and make the basement into a viable room to spend time in.
If your basement shows signs of damp then it needs attention before you remodel it. However, even if it doesn’t, sealing basement concrete is always a good precaution to take to prevent it happening in the future.
Why Seal Basement Concrete?
Damp in a basement generally occurs when it is not actually insulated effectively. This can give rise to mildew, odours, dry rot, damp patches and degradation of anything stored down there. This would devalue your house if you ever wanted to sell it.
It is also a possibility that if left to its own devices, damp can cause structural problems for your home. Waterproofing and sealing basement concrete are important steps to take to combat these effects, especially if you are planning to remodel your basement.
Keeping The Vapour At Bay
Sealing basement concrete can be quite expensive but is well worth the outlay. There are many concrete solutions out there to help stave off the effects of damp and keep it in good condition, but you must find the one that works for you.
Some sealants are designed for new concrete, others for old. Therefore, if you are remodelling your house and are planning on reinforcing the floor with a new layer of concrete then you would need both types because the old layer would have to be sealed before the new layer went on top.
For sealing concrete basements that are new, use a product like HomeSeal, whilst HydraLoc has been formulated for old concrete and pre-existing damp problems. Both substances are non-toxic and resistant to flames and so can be used in family homes. Neither contains solvents either, just in case you wanted to investigate all angles to know that they are safe to use.
The process for administering both substances to seal a concrete basement is really simple. You need a low-pressure pump spray canister because they have to be sprayed onto the concrete in question and therefore are easy to apply.
Simply sill the canister and spray in a sweeping motion onto the concrete floor and walls of the basement. This motion will allow you keep track of where you have sprayed to ensure that the entire concrete surface is covered.
After spraying is complete, leave it to dry for 24 hours before repeating the process again to ensure that sealing is complete. The solution does dry quickly but leaving it for a day before respraying give it time to be absorbed into the concrete properly. Should you need to clean it up, for whatever reason, you only need to use tap water because of the composition of the solution.
Both HydraLoc and HomeSeal are odourless and thus do not cause overlying problems when it comes to remodelling the sealed concrete basement. As soon as the solution is dry after the second application, you are good to go ahead with any decorating you may have planned.
There are other solutions that you may choose to use and none should be toxic owing to laws about use in living space. However, always read the labels on any products and always wear gloves and goggles to be on the safe side.
Sealing a concrete basement is important for so many reasons. You are not only protecting the value of your home by applying a solution to prevent damp, you are also protecting your family’s health. It is not something you can afford to neglect and is a must if you are planning to use the available space.