Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Thursday 23rd of February 2017
Basements are one of the weakest points in your home, yet they are also one of the most important. The foundations of your home are in the basement, as that room is what your home literally stands on. Similarly, they offer great spaces for storage and renovation, increasing the value of your home enormously.
However, as they are below the normally occupied areas of your house, they can be at risk of damage from water and natural gases. This is especially true for those people who live near bodies of water: lakes, rivers, ponds, the ocean, etc. In areas where bodies of surface water are found, there are high water tables, which increase the risk of basement flooding. As there is already a high level of water beneath the grounds surface, water from rain cannot penetrate and gather in the ground. That water builds up to create hydrostatic pressure, which is a primary culprit in basement flooding.
Basements are typically made of poured concrete. While concrete may seem impenetrable, it is actually a very porous material. There are a large number of air bubbles throughout the material, leaving it vulnerable to the incursion of water. When hydrostatic pressure builds and flooding occurs, that water can force itself through the concrete to drip into your basement, leading to problems with mold, mildew, flooding, and water damage.
Fortunately, it is easy to help prevent such water damage in your basement. The use of a penetrating sealer, like Lithi-Tek 9500 will increase the concretes strength while reacting chemically inside of the material to help lock out water by filling in those tiny air pockets. The Lithi-Tek LS 9500 is a great choice because it is a water-based product, making it much safer to apply indoors as you do not have to worry about hazardous fumes and flammability. With the proper application, the Lithi-Tek 9500 will help protect your basement from water damage, ensuring your property and your valuables remain safe from the elements.