Whether you live in a home at the base of a hill or you live in a climate that experiences frequent and heavy periods of rainfall, basement flooding can be a real problem. However, it doesn't have to be a permanent problem. Basement waterproofing can serve as an effective tool to keep water out and protect your home, but this is only if you are going about it the right way. There are a number of waterproofing myths that can actually cause you to do more harm than good; here are just some of them.

Myth: Choose What Your Neighbors Have

If the terrain around your home is the exact same as your neighbor's home, this doesn't mean that the waterproofing method that they used is going to be perfect for you. Some homeowners fail to consider the importance that construction materials play on the level of effectiveness of waterproofing methods. Say your neighbor has had a great experience with epoxy injections, but they have a concrete foundation and you have a brick foundation, for instance.

In this case, the epoxy injections wouldn't work for you as they don't provide a good seal on masonry foundations, leaving you vulnerable to leaks. Assuming that just because something is working for someone else it will work for you, is a sure-fire way to find yourself with a failed basement waterproofing method and costly repairs.  

Myth Black Tar Paint Is Sufficient

Black tar paint is often considered an effective tool for basement waterproofing. This statement is true. However, this doesn't negate the fact that this paint is a good option when it is accompanied by another waterproofing method. On its own, black tar paint is not enough. One of the main reasons for this is that it doesn't address the problem.

It simply serves as a band aid. You need to first put a plan in place that diverts the water, which is the real problem. Without proper diversion, the water will constantly flow toward your foundation walls, lowering the effectiveness of the tar paint at an accelerated rate. Otherwise, you will not only find yourself needing to apply a new coating of tar paint frequently, but you're likely to still have problems with flooding.  

Resisting the urge to treat basement waterproofing as a do-it-yourself project and working with a waterproofing contractor is the best way to avoid these myths and protect your home.