Waterproofing has become a popular buzzword for many contractors who claim they can stop water from entering your house. Indeed, this is possible, but it depends on the type of basement wall your house was constructed with. If you have a poured concrete foundation, traditional waterproofing can be a reality. If you have a hollow block foundation, you are honestly looking at more of a water-management type of repair.
To explain the difference, consider if water gets inside the hollow block wall, it now can travel anywhere inside the wall to any location it wants to and exit somewhere into your basement. So stopping the water from getting into that block wall most the time is a waste of money. Instead, we recommend installing an inside french drain tile system to transport the water back out instead of pretending you will stop it from entering.
Waterproofing a wall should still be done to a block wall when the home is built, but there should be a serious consideration and plan for when the water enters the hollow block wall at some time in the future. If your home doesn’t have a system or if your system has failed, we can help.