Four Incredibly Useful Basement Waterproofing Products

Basement waterproofing isn’t easy. Because your basement is underground, it’s closer to the water table than any other area of your home. What’s more, water wants to drain into your basement — gravity wouldn’t have it any other way. But with the right preparation, you can be sure basement waterproofing isn’t an aspect of home ownership you’ll have to spend a lot of time worrying about.

Here are four products that will make your basement waterproofing anxieties disappear.

Waterproof paint

This isn’t a single fix — waterproof paint won’t protect your basement from a major flood or a burst pipe. But it can reduce the total amount of moisture in your basement, which can prevent mold growth and make your basement an overall more comfortable place to be.

French drains or drain tile systems

A French drain collects water from inside your basement and deposits it harmlessly outside into a designated retention area. It’s not so much a "product" per se, as much as it is a system your basement waterproofing contractor can install.

Baseboard drainage systems

These originated in the early 60s, and are a simple and effective method of basement waterproofing. Essentially, it’s a system of hollow baseboards that collect water from "weep holes" and channel it to a sump pump. This has the benefit of being cheaper than a sub-floor system.

Cavity drain systems

These might not work so well with a finished basement, but if you’re planning on using your basement only for storage or laundry, a cavity system will do fine. Simply put, it’s a pre-formed cavity in your basement, which collects groundwater and carries it away to a retention spot away from your home.

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John and Barbara Vicich

“We wanted to thank you for your personal and specialized attention to the water problem we had in our basement. You took the time to inspect the whole situation and gave us recommendations, all of which worked. You had a way of explaining the process and materials that would be used in a way that we understood. We are very pleased with the work that was done and would highly recommend your company to anyone.”

-John and Barbara Vicich

Debbie, Berwyn

“The day after Hurricane Irene, all of my neighbors basements were filled with water, while mine remained dry! It is wonderful, everything remains dry and the battery backup worked beautifully when my power was out for 2 days. Dry AND quiet, thank you, thank you! Thanks! Debbie, Berwyn”

-Debbie, Berwyn

Doug Smith, Glenside

“All I have to say is that Hurricane Irene was no match for the job that Rightway did for my basement and my father-in-law’s. I had my basement done 5 years ago and we are still bone dry and my father-inlaw’s was done last year and another dry basement… Great job! I highly recommend them for waterproofing and mold remediation.”

-Doug Smith, Glenside


“I’d highly recommend these guys for your basement. My basement has been dry since they installed a sump pump and French drain in June. They offer a competitive price, they get the job done quickly and they stand by their work. Please mention my name if you proceed down the road with these guys.”


Angelo and Sandra Patiri

“We had our basement waterproofed with Rightway Waterproofing in 2007, after all this time and just getting through Hurricane Irene, we did not get a drop of water in our basement. Rightway Waterproofing did a very good job and we are very satisfied!”

-Angelo and Sandra Patiri