Does Waterproof Paint Stop Water or Flooding in the Basement

Waterproof paints and wet basement seal coats – The wet band-aid solution to a leaky, flooded basement.

You found that your basement is actively leaking water or maybe you found that there is water seepage in a corner of the basement and now, you wonder what to do.  After finding water and seepage in the basement, many people head down to their local big-box hardware store to find a solution.  The helpful folks working at the store will likely hand over a can or two waterproofing paint or sealant.  Beware, paints and seal coats will not waterproof your basement.

Basement paint won’t keep walls from seeping or leaking – It’s a matter of science.

Basement sealers and waterproofing paints come with a lot of promises but the hype surrounding these “waterproofing solutions” is just that, hype.  These so-called waterproof paints and sealers are nothing more than thicker versions of ordinary paint with maybe the additions of “encapsulated polymers”, cement and petroleum.

Slick marketing has led many consumers to believe that these paints and sealers will actually keep basements from flooding and basement cracks from leaking,  forever.

The truth is that basement waterproofing paint and sealer “fixes” are nothing more than band-aids. In the short term, you can apply basement waterproofing paint to your interior basement walls and see that the seeping and leaking of water stops almost immediately.  You are happy.

Moisture from outside and any leaking or seeping that has occurred in the past will come back.

This moisture, the leaking and the seeping didn’t go away just because you applied the paint; it was just temporarily hidden.   In a few weeks or months, you may begin to notice little bubbles of paint forming on your basement walls.  These paint bubbles will eventually grow larger and fall off the basement walls.  Think about what happens when a band-aid you are wearing gets wet; the same principle is at work.

Water and moisture from Hydrostatic Pressure and others sources of water around the foundation will always find its way into your basement/foundation walls and floors.  When moisture or water seeps through concrete or mortar, erosion and degradation of the materials occurs and no paint or sealant will hold or stop it.

Paint or sealants can cause damage to the foundation

The materials that comprise basement foundations and walls, such as concrete, are porous.  Porous materials allow moisture to get in.  By covering the basement walls in a paint or sealant, moisture will only get trapped behind the paint, leading the foundation, walls and floors to degrade faster.

To properly rid your basement of water and moisture, you need to find the source of the water and then work on fixing the cause of the problem.  Visit Our Solutions to learn more.

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