Waterproofing: 4 Steps To Waterproof Your Home From The Outside

If you live in an area that's prone to flooding, you want to do as much as you can to prevent water damage. Waterproofing the inside of your home is important. However, to truly protect your home against the threat of flooding, you should begin your waterproofing efforts on the outside of your home. Here are four steps you can take to protect your home from floods.

Retaining Walls

If your home is located on a flood plain, each time you get a heavy rain, you could end up with flood waters flowing through your yard. The best way to protect your home is to stop the water from flowing through your yard. That's where retaining walls come in. By installing a concrete retaining wall around your home, you can create a path that will send flood waters around your property, instead of through it.


If your yard is flat, you can reduce the chances of suffering flood damage by adding vegetation to your landscaping. Trees, bushes and grass can slow down the flow of water and help prevent erosion during flooding. For best results, be sure you have vegetation throughout your yard, especially along the path that flood waters usually travel. You can tell the natural path by following the sloping in your yard. Because of the downward slope, the lower curves of your yard are the paths that flood waters are likely to follow.

Catch Basins

Another way to incorporate flood protection with your landscaping is to create catch basins in your yard. Catch basins are basically dry ponds that are designed to capture excess water that flows through your yard. These catch basins can be landscaped with grass, trees and gravel. The water that's captured in the catch basins will slowly absorb into the soil without harming your yard or your home.

Drainage Lines

If you have a problem with water collecting around the foundation of your home, drainage lines will help prevent water damage. This is particularly important if you have a basement – water that collects around the foundation can seep into the basement and cause water damage. French drains installed around the perimeter of your home will capture water and allow it to drain away from your home. French drains are easy to install and can be built as a do-it-yourself project.

With the rainy season just around the corner, it's time to prepare for floods. For more information about waterproofing, contact Sohan and Sons or a similar company.