Having standing water in your basement either after it rains or during the spring when snow is melting is always going to be a problem. There are many different basement waterproofing systems on the market and many of them have the ability to deal with certain situations while very few of them can deal with all of the water in every situation. We utilize products and systems created by SafeBasements™ which are built here in America and designed and tested to correctly and safely remove the water from your basement no matter how it gets into the area.
By using a patented and thoroughly tested closed water collection and removal system, we can ensure the water will stay contained and not damage your basement or linger around causing increased humidity and the possible danger of mold growth. Once the water is collected, it is sent through a system of piping into a collection pit that contains an industrial strength sump pump which will pump it up and out of the home and away from your basement. Below, we will outline the different areas where water can get into your home and how we can protect those areas.
Over time, concrete that makes up your basement and foundation can become weaker and start to crumble in places. This makes it easier for water to permeate the concrete and get inside your basement even though there are not large or obvious cracks. Damaged concrete can be found all over the house including at the foundation and anywhere in the walls. Water can seep through the walls and end up puddling or pooling at the base of the walls. If you see this obvious sign, it is time to contact the professionals.
The good news is that even though this is a common problem we see, there are a number of solutions we have. This includes our patented waterproofing system to collect and divert the water to a sump pump for removal from your basement.
Anytime there are cracks on the basement floor, they are generally caused by hydrostatic pressure pushing upwards and are not a serious problem but should still be taken care of when you see them forming. Thankfully these are not a problem that requires extensive foundation repair and we can generally repair them with a liquid urethane injection that can permanently seal the cracks and prevent water from entering through them.
The cove joint is where the basement wall meets the floor. Many times, these two sections are poured separately which means there is an inherent gap between the two. As pressure changes on the outside of the home, it can put stress on this joint and over time, can cause leaks. In the past, many companies would just add a seal to this area or fill it with an epoxy but through the years we've found this only moves the problem to another part of the basement as it does not relieve the pressure on the walls.
We have a solution that instead of moving the water to another place, will capture the water and divert it out of your home with a sump pump. By collecting the water as it runs into the basement, we allow the pressure to not build and keeps the problem isolated and under control.
One of the largest problems we find when evaluating a wet basement is the land around the home is directing water to the home instead of away from it. The best way to prevent water from entering your basement is to divert it away from the home before it has a chance to soak into the ground and become a problem. This is done with proper grading and ensuring the ground is sloping away from your home. Once the yard is diverting water away from the home, it will no longer have a chance to pool at the foundation and add unnecessary pressure onto the soil.
There are a number of pipes that have to enter your home. These include gas and water coming in and sewage going out. The locations where these pipes go through your basement walls are known as pipe penetrations. When the house was built, they were sealed with a simple, contractor grade material that will degrade over time. Once the seals have failed, you may notice leaking and staining on the walls below the pipes.
We solve these pipe penetration leaking problems by using our liquid urethane injections to permanently seal the holes and prevent any future water from entering and causing unnecessary damages.
When a concrete wall is poured, there are rods built into the concrete to increase the strength. Over time, the rods can rust due to high humidity and the concrete around them can start to deteriorate and form channels through which water can flow. As water flows through the channels, it can enter your basement and cause staining or standing water which you do not want. Because the concrete is still sturdy around the rods, it can be fixed by forcing our liquid urethane into the hole to fill it all the way to the exterior of the home. Once cured, it will be a permanent fix and prevent future leaking as well as degradation of the tie rods.
Many older foundations are built of masonry blocks. While this was once the ideal way to build foundations, over time we have transitioned to using concrete because the blocks can become weak and due to the seams between the blocks, there is an inherent location for water seepage. Occasionally there can be problems that cause you to need bowed wall repair but generally, we are performing waterproofing on masonry walls.
We have a number of waterproofing products to protect along the walls, at the base, and even below the walls at the water table to ensure the water pressure is relieved and unable to penetrate your walls and enter your basement.
When you have basement windows that are below grade you will have a well around the window to collect water as well as allow the light to get in. Over time, the drains in these window wells can clog up and cause water to pool up inside the wells. If the seals on the windows are compromised, this water can leak in and cause problems in the home. There are fewer solutions for this problem which are ensuring the drains are regularly cleaned, upgrading or replacing your basement windows to ensure they are watertight, or installing a waterproofing system to handle the water once it enters the home.
For many years, a drain in the basement was the only "waterproofing" type system that would be installed. This would have been installed in the lowest area and allow any water that enters the basement to drain out, normally due to broken pipes, water heaters, or washing machines. The biggest issue with these drains is that they can clog easily and even get damaged by roots and plants. The clogs or breaks would happen regularly and many homeowners are left with standing water in the basement.
The best alternative to one of these floor drains is to install a waterproofing system. These systems do not rely on water flooding your basement before they work as they divert the water as it enters the basement before it causes damage. Once collected, this water is pumped away from the house which will prevent any damage to your belongings or finished areas.
The sump pump is the real workhorse of any waterproofing system. It is the heart that pumps and removes the water from the basement after it has been collected. In the past, many of these pumps were made to handle occasional use and could break down after only a couple years of use. The problem with that is you do not find out it is broken until the unit stops working and you've got a flood in your basement.
We make use of industrial grade sump pumps designed to work continuously for years and they will last for much longer when used in your home with intermittent use. We can install or replace your existing pump with one of our units or systems to guarantee your home will be protected the next time it rains. Many of these systems are available with backup units, battery backups to continue pumping even when the power is out, and alarms to let you know what is happening.
Even when you have a quality waterproofing system in place, there can be excess humidity in the basement. When the humidity is too high, it can cause mold and mildew to grow. These can cause numerous health risks and can be a real danger to your family. In order to combat this excess humidity, we make use of industrial quality dehumidifiers that can remove the excess humidity in your basement and prevent the growth of mold.
If your home has standing water after it rains and is in need of basement waterproofing services or if you want a member of our team to come evaluate your basement or an existing waterproofing system, please contact us today using the form above or on our contact page. We look forward to helping you with your home.