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DIY Basement Waterproofing - How to Save Big Bucks

Waterproofing your basement is a critical investment in protecting your home from water damage, mold, and structural issues. While hiring a professional waterproofing company is a common choice, it’s essential to know that you can take on this task yourself, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in the process. In this blog, we’ll explore why DIY basement waterproofing is a cost-effective option and provide some tips to help you get started.

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The Cost of Professional Waterproofing

Professional basement waterproofing can be a substantial expense. The cost varies depending on factors such as the size of your basement, the severity of the moisture problem, and your location. On average, homeowners can expect to pay thousands of dollars for professional waterproofing services.

While the thought of waterproofing may seem daunting, especially for those without specialized skills, there are user-friendly products like DRYLOK Masonry Waterproofer that make the process accessible to anyone with basic painting skills.

Tips for DIY Basement Waterproofing

If you’re considering waterproofing your basement yourself, here are some essential tips to ensure a successful project:

  1. Assess the Problem: Before you begin, thoroughly inspect your basement for signs of water intrusion. Identify areas where moisture is entering and determine the severity of the issue. This assessment will guide your waterproofing plan.
  2. Choose the Right Products: Select high-quality waterproofing products that are suitable for your specific needs. Options include waterproofing paints, sealants, and coatings, as well as foundation drainage systems. Research the following:

Proven Effectiveness: DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer has been trusted by homeowners for over 80 years. Its track record of success in keeping basements and masonry walls dry speaks for itself.

Easy Application: If you can paint a wall, you can apply DRYLOK Masonry Waterproofer. It’s designed for DIY enthusiasts and requires no special skills or equipment.

Versatility: DRYLOK can be used on a variety of surfaces, including concrete, brick, stone, and stucco, making it a versatile choice for waterproofing projects.

Long-Lasting: Once applied, DRYLOK forms a waterproof barrier that withstands both hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic pressure, ensuring long-term protection.

Mildew Resistance: This waterproofer contains a mildewcide that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew on the painted surface.

Full System: DRYLOK® is a system of three steps, Prepare, Patch, Waterproof. By following the simple steps with the recommended products, you are guaranteed to have success.

  1. Proper Surface Preparation: Prepare the surfaces you intend to waterproof by cleaning them thoroughly and repairing any cracks or holes. Proper preparation is crucial for the effectiveness of your waterproofing efforts.Remove Efflorescence
  2. Follow Manufacturer Instructions: Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the products you’re using carefully. Each product may have specific application guidelines and drying times.
  3. Safety First: Wear appropriate safety gear, including gloves, safety goggles, and a respirator mask if necessary. Ensure proper ventilation in the basement during the project.
  4. Monitor Regularly: Even after waterproofing, it’s essential to monitor your basement periodically for signs of moisture. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

Materials Needed:

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DRYLOK Extreme

Stir stick

Paintbrush or roller

Drop cloths or plastic sheets

Paint tray

Gloves and safety goggles

Respirator mask (for added safety, especially in poorly ventilated areas)


Prepare the Surface: Clean the surface thoroughly, removing any dirt, dust, loose paint, or efflorescence (white, powdery residue). Repair any cracks or holes in the masonry. DRYLOK® Etch Powder Concrete and Masonry & Cleaner, DRYLOK® Fast Plug Hydraulic Cement for Masonry Structures


Stir the Product: Before using DRYLOK, stir it well to ensure a consistent texture.

Apply the First Coat: Using a brush (DRYLOK® Masonry Brush to Paint on Concrete, Wood, Bricks & Stones) or roller, apply the first coat evenly. Start at the top and work your way down. Allow the first coat to dry for a minimum of four hours.

DRYLOK Application

Apply the Second Coat: Apply a second coat in the same manner as the first. This second coat will provide added protection. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before subjecting it to moisture.

Cleanup: Clean your tools and equipment with soap and water while the paint is still wet.

Basement Laundry Room

If the area you want to waterproof never dries out, use DRYLOK® Wet Wall Bonding Primer ((NEW) DRYLOK® Wet Wall Bonding Primer) first to prepare the wall to accept DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer. If the wall is more than damp, the waterproof will not cure properly without the DRYLOK® Wet Wall Bonding Primer.

Waterproofing your home doesn’t have to be intimidating. With user-friendly products like DRYLOK Masonry Waterproofer, anyone with basic painting skills can effectively protect their property from water damage, mold, and structural issues. Remember that proper surface preparation and application are key to achieving the best results. So, if you can paint, you can waterproof – and DRYLOK makes it easier than ever. Invest in your home’s longevity and safety by using DRYLOK to keep it dry and protected for years to come.