Basement Waterproofing Solutions
Waterproofing, sometimes referred to as water management, is best described as the installation of systems in and around a structure for the purpose of preventing water from penetrating a house or other structure and controlling the direction the water takes.
Water can be more damaging to a home or structure than you might realize, and it doesn’t always dry quickly.
In order to protect your home from water damage, you may need to find the best solution for managing groundwater. Several waterproofing solutions can be used depending on the situation, such as:.
- Crawl space encapsulation
- French drain installation
- Installation of exterior or interior drainage systems
- Sump pump installation
- Vapor barrier installation in the basement
- Installation of a dehumidifier in the crawl space
Most water problems start on the outside of the home and typically begin due to either a lack of maintenance (such as allowing gutters to become clogged) or a change in the surrounding environment.
Sometimes, waterproofing products and solutions used on the outside of your home are all you need to protect your home from water damage.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Exterior water around a structure can come from somewhere as close as your own gutter system or as far as several miles away. For instance, an ineffective gutter system can cause water to pool around your foundation and get into your home as can water drainage from a nearby canal or waterway. Exterior water is managed using many different exterior basement waterproofing systems. Each system is designed to handle very specific water problems. Exterior basement waterproofing is also the only way to guarantee a watertight basement without relying on interior drainage solutions. Some of the exterior basement waterproofing methods we utilize include ensuring your yard has the appropriate grading so that water naturally flows away from your home instead of toward it. We also utilize more involved processes that involve digging a trench around the footing of your home and applying a waterproof membrane. Imagine the flooding and water pooling after heavy rains and how that water can damage your home and your home’s foundation. With a system in place that drains water away from your home, you can prevent basement foundation problems.
Managing Surface & Subsurface Water
Surface water is controlled by creating paths for the water to flow and is either channeled away using swales or diverted to underground drainage pipes. Subsurface water is typically picked up in Saturation Trenches or “French Drains” and carried through underground drainage pipes to daylight. Water that is not picked up by these foundation waterproofing systems can soak deep in the soil and create a hydrostatic pressure that pushes water into your basement or crawlspace through cracks in walls, gaps in footings, and from below the structure. Water that gets inside the structure is typically rerouted through an interior drain system before it can make it to the floor and is then discharged through a sump pump to daylight. Sump pumps are installed in an approved basin that sits below the floor and collects water to be discharged to daylight.
What could happen if you don’t manage surface and subsurface water properly? Your home and personal property can be damaged, mold and mildew could build up in your basement or other parts of your home where the water reaches, the air quality in your home could reach unhealthy humidity levels, basement walls and foundation walls could sustain cracks or be moved out of position causing structural issues.
Call Today for Basement Waterproofing Solutions
Excess water in and around your basement is more than just a nuisance, it can lead to costly repairs if you don’t apply some kind of basement waterproofing to protect your home. Whether you have noticed cracks in your basement walls and require basement repairs or you have found water seeping into your home and need basement drain installation, we can help get your home back to the safe place you want it to be.
Call Foundation 1, the foundation repair company with years of experience, for help with your basement waterproofing, and remember—you can rest your foundation on our reputation. We offer a free estimate on your foundation problem, basement repair, or water management issue.
Signs That You Might Need Basement Waterproofing Services
It’s not always obvious to everyone that a home has waterproofing deficiencies. For instance, if you just bought a new home, you might assume that the builders put waterproofing mechanisms in place. Although the builder should have done so, that doesn’t mean the water diversion methods are working properly or that they were installed correctly.
That’s why you should be on the lookout for these signs that you need basement waterproofing treatments from a foundation repair expert, whether you have a newer or older home.
Signs that a foundation repair company may be needed:
- If you enter your basement and feel like there is moisture in the air, you may need waterproofing services. Damp basements can cause damage to your home’s foundation, not to mention they aren’t great for your health.
- If you notice a musty odor in your home or basement, or you see mold growth, you may need water diversion services.
- Visible water leaks in your home, or a leaky basement, can indicate the need for a foundation contractor.
- Water stains or water deposits on walls or floors can indicate a problem, and a foundation repair contractor can find the cause of the problem and get it fixed.
- Rotting wood, rusty appliances, and wall cracks can all indicate water management problems are causing damage to your home.
- Walls that lean are often a good indicator of foundation issues.
- Have you noticed water pooling around the exterior of your home? You could require a basement waterproofing system or an exterior drainage system.
- If you notice that your sump pump is not working properly or other drainage problems are occurring, it may be time for an inspection from a foundation repair crew.
Our Waterproofing Services:
Exterior drainage and grading is typically the first place to start when you are getting water in your basement or crawlspace. Proper drainage is not only for stopping water intrusion, but poor drainage and grading is also the number one cause of foundation damage.
As you might imagine, this is a more involved process and does cost more, but to create a watertight basement (ie: reducing or eliminating reliance on internal drainage solutions), approaching waterproofing from the outside is required.
Interior drainage systems like our Dura-Dry System is a tried and true way of keeping water out of your basement or crawlspace and comes with a lifetime warranty against any future water intrusion. Combined with a good sump pump, this is a permanent solution for waterproofing.
Sump Pump Installation
Our full line of Pro Series Commercial grade Sump Pumps in combination with our high-efficiency Bell Sump Pump Basin will give you peace of mind knowing that you have the best most reliable system on the market today.
Foundation Crack Repair
While many wall cracks are a sign of a foundation problem, they are not always signs of a failed foundation. Let our engineer certified evaluators give you a free consultation to see if you need foundation crack repair.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Creating a healthy home starts from the ground up. Crawl spaces are full of moisture that moves upward, toward the living spaces, due to the stack effect. Up to 50% of the air you breathe on the first floor of a home comes from the crawl space! Crawl space encapsulation can help control your home’s moisture.
Call Today for Basement Waterproofing!
Do you need a basement leak repair? Have you noticed bowing walls or cracks? Or maybe you are dealing with a flooding basement. Don’t wait until it’s too late, call Foundation 1, your wet basement experts in the Kansas City, MO area, today for an estimate on basement waterproofing services to protect your home. We do interior and exterior basement waterproofing so you know that no matter what is causing, or could potentially cause, your basement to flood will be taken care of!