Due to its location, it is not uncommon for the cellar to be exposed to water infiltration. But we must not be content to suffer the situation when it presents itself. Whether the infiltration is due to groundwater or runoff, it is important to react in order to avoid a real disaster.
Infiltration of water: the inventory of the cellar
To adopt the best solution in the face of an infiltration of water in the cellar, it is necessary first of all to carry out an inventory, ie to a global diagnosis allowing to evaluate the importance of the damage. Walls that ooze, huge damp spots on the walls, a leaking ceiling, musty or stale smells are all signs to be aware of.
The situation is even more urgent if one considers to arrange a living room or a wine cellar. Do not hesitate to call on a professional - specialist in moisture treatment - who will analyze the situation perfectly and propose a suitable solution taking into account your project and budget.
Infiltration of water in the cellar: what to do?
- Outdoor treatment
The best way to overcome a water infiltration is to attack the source, in this case the water that manages to penetrate the walls of the cellar.
In some cases, water infiltration is caused by splashing at the base of the exterior walls during rainy weather. In this case, the setting up of a basement makes it possible to remedy the problem by channeling the rainwater. It must also be ensured that the waters of the roof are well evacuated thanks to gutters that are not clogged and not punctured to avoid capillary rise in the walls.
Other alternatives, more direct, can be considered. The exterior walls must then be sealed using specific products, in this case thewaterproof coatings resin-based or bituminous coatings that protect foundations and walls buried against moisture. Before application, it must be ensured that the support is clean, free from mold or mud. The joints must, moreover, be in perfect condition. Otherwise, there is also drainage that involves the creation of a "path" that serves as a drain of water into the soil.
- Indoor treatment
After external treatments, it is necessary to think of sealing the walls of the cellar by the interior. It is, again, to apply several layers of a specific product, a special coating wet room. Before the application of the treatment, it is necessary to get rid of any residue of plaster, cement, mildew or saltpeter. The substrate must be clean so that the coating can adhere properly.
Finally, we must also consider fight against hair rising and do not forget to seal the floor and ceiling.