Getting it Right the First Time - Basement Waterproofing Methods and Products


Basement Waterproofing

Getting it Right the First Time - Basement Waterproofing Methods and Products  


There is nothing more dreadful for a new homeowner than having a wet basement. What starts with a mere tiny trickle or a small puddle are just warning signs of a much bigger issue. The basement leak can lead to an array of problems from structural damage, and paint peels, to toxic molds, which ultimately result in time-consuming and costly repairs. 

So what can you do to keep your basement, moisture free? Invest in the best water proofing methods and products that help keep the excess moisture at bay! Waterproofing is typically required for structures that are built at or below ground level, especially in cases where groundwater is likely to build up in the soil. Waterproofing for basement, to be specific, includes techniques, and products that are used to prevent water from penetrating the basement of your house or building.

Hence we have curated this ultimate guide where we take you through the best water proofing methods and products to keep your basement leak-free. So let’s clear your doubts on how to waterproof a basement.

What Causes Basement Leaks?


To take maximum advantage of the basement waterproofing systems and methods, it is important to have a thorough understanding of what causes moisture to occur in the basement in the first place.

Basements are particularly prone to moisture development, as the water in the soil beneath, causes hydrostatic pressure to be exerted on basement walls and floors. And this pressure can force the water through the cracks, which can lead to major structural damage and other moisture-related problems. To sum up, the primary causes of basement leakage typically include the following- 

  • 1) Improper Soil and Basement Drainage Systems

  • 2) Poorly Installed and Maintained Gutters

  • 3) Improper Slope 

  • 4) Hydrostatic Pressure 

  • 5) Condensation

 But you can prevent the basement leak, by implementing the best basement water proofing methods. So, let's understand these in detail!

5 Waterproofing Methods for Newly Constructed Basements  

Let’s address the elephant in the room - How to waterproof a basement? So, here are the top 5 basement water proofing methods for your newly constructed basement - 


1) Interior Sealants

Cracks and pipe penetrations are the most common entry points for seepage, especially in a poured concrete foundation. But by using interior sealants, you can block these entry points. Interior sealants, typically include epoxies, which are strong adhesives, or urethanes, which can be pressure injected into the openings. 

Interior sealants are best for preventing high atmospheric humidity inside the basement from seeping into the porous masonry and leading to cracks.  It is safe to say that interior sealants are the best basement waterproofing for walls and floors.

2) Exterior Basement Waterproofing

The exterior basement waterproofing method helps to prevent water from causing any major structural damage to the building. It uses polymers, and membranes to coat the exterior walls of the basement. Polymer-based waterproofing products last for a lifetime of the building and are not affected by the soil pH. These products can be directly sprayed onto the wall, and are very fast curing.


3) Interior Basement Drainage System

An interior basement drainage system can help avoid water buildup in your basement. It is best to have a common system for draining water that has penetrated the basement by constructing a channel around the perimeter of the basement alongside its foundation footers. A PVC pipe or a patented drainage system can be installed in the newly-made channel. The installed drainage system can then be covered with new cement. An interior drainage system is, thus the best basement crack repair solution!


4) Interior Basement Waterproofing

The interior basement waterproofing for walls and floors using coatings is an effective method where condensation is the major cause of the basement leak. It is an effective solution to minor dampness. While installing a backwater valve is an effective measure, having a basement drainage system is a more complex solution for interior waterproofing.



5) Foundation Crack Injections

Foundation crack injections are used for instances when the poured concrete foundations crack either from an expansion or contraction of the concrete. Whereas epoxy crack injections are used for structural purposes. Injection sealing of the basement crack helps to address the problem, with minimum disruption. Thus, these injections work as an effective basement crack repair solution.

Best Basement Waterproofing Products  

Here are a bunch of specially designed, waterproofing products, from Asian Paints, which can help to keep your basement leak-free - 


SmartCare Bathroom Waterproofing Membrane - Asian Paint

1) SmartCare Bathroom Waterproofing Membrane  

Wet basement woes need a smart solution and our SmartCare Bathroom Water proofing Membrane can be your ultimate savior! Made of triple-layer superior technology, this elastic sealing laminated film is fixed below the tiles using the SmartCare tile adhesives for providing long-lasting, and basement waterproofing for floor. The product uses comes with a 10-year long warranty, provided it is applied by following the recommended application system.

SmartCare Damp Block 2K for Basement Waterproofing - Asian Paints

2) SmartCare Damp Block 2K

A high-performance coating, made of two components, SmartCare Damp block 2K is an unmatched basement waterproofing solution for interior walls, and bathrooms. It efficaciously tackles common problems like efflorescence and offers 100% elongation. This waterproofing product can be used on masonry surfaces, such as bricks, walls, or concrete slabs which are prone to damage from moisture.

SmartCare Vitalia Neo for your integral waterproofing needs - Asian Paints

3) SmartCare Vitalia Neo  

Fortify the cement, and bid adieu to the dampness, with SmartCare Vitalia Neo! This is an integral liquid waterproofing compound that has superior plasticizing for cement, concrete, mortar, and plasters. It improves the workability of freshly mixed cement, concrete, or plaster and thus helps reduce water seepage. It ensures compressive strength and resists crack formation due to shrinkage.

SmartCare Repair Polymer for for basement waterproofing - Asian Paints

4) SmartCare Repair Polymer  

Being SBR-based, Repair Polymer is an economical and preventive basement waterproofing product. It is recommended as a repairing and bonding agent for cracks and shrinks in the concrete or mortar surfaces, as it strongly bonds the old and new concrete/mortar surfaces together with plasters. 

How can Asian Paints Help You with Providing Basement Waterproofing solutions?  

We hope this article answers all your questions on how to waterproof a basement!

At Asian Paints, we believe in the idea of perfection and working smartly to arrive at effective solutions. Hence our range of SmartCare waterproofing products is the ultimate solution to your basement leak woes. Moreover, we value your investment in our products, which is why our core waterproofing services encapsulate the following features -

  • 1 ) Sliding warranty for our solutions on select products 

  • 2) Usage of the highest quality mechanized painting tools

  • 3) Waterproofing experts who provide the best solutions while sticking to your budget


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