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What to Expect With Basement Waterproofing

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It’s raining, and you’re having a problem with your basement because it’s flooding again. After all, the basement leaks from pressure created by water in the soil surrounding your foundation.

Persistent rain causes soil saturation, creating hydrostatic pressure (or water pressure) forcing moisture through your basement walls and floors. If you’re noticing water in your basement, water stains on the floors or walls, swelling or warped doors, cracking on the floor, and visual confirmation of mold or mildew, these are signs that you need a basement waterproofing service.

Fortunately, these are all fixable. Call a professional to inspect your basement and foundation, and rest assured that the problem will be handled. Knowing and understanding the available options for getting rid of the water in your basement is essential to educate yourself on not just the solutions, but also causes.

But, what can you expect with basement waterproofing? Every basement water problem is unique and the solution should be tailored to the job. The basement waterproofing repair system that you choose to install is dependent on your home’s unique situation and construction, including what type of foundation system is in place. Not just one type of repair, but rather a combination of approaches, may be necessary.

If your basement is waterproofed, it probably was done in the past or was not performed by a knowledgeable professional. Today’s basement waterproofing solutions are significantly superior to historical methods. You can tell your basement is not waterproofed if it is damp or if you find leaks or water in your basement.

Benefits of waterproofing your basement

  • Prevents Mold from Growing 

Water in the basement can be a catalyst for mold growth. Mold not only likes moist spaces but also dark, warm places like basements. It can also cause some health issues especially with people who have asthma or allergies. Crawl spaces can be a major source of aggravating problems in your home, including moisture, musty odors, and mold issues.

  • Protects your Belongings

Basements are used as a storage space which can be a problem if they are not properly waterproofed. Personal items and valuable items can be damaged or destroyed when your basements start to leak. Damp conditions can seriously damage your personal belongings resulting in mold, odor issues, and foundation decay. Water damage is also expensive and time-consuming repair.

  • Protects your Home from Foundation Damage 

A home’s foundation can shift and settle over time due to changes in moisture levels. It can lead to cracks that can allow more moisture and leakage in your basement. That water and moisture can then cause cracks and bowing in your foundation walls, it can eventually lead to some pretty serious structural damage.

For Waterproofing Solutions, it is equally important to understand what is going to happen in the course of resolution, as it is to understand the causes of the water intrusion. There are (2) effective solutions for basement waterproofing.

Interior Waterproofing

A trench will be dug around the interior perimeter of your basement walls, then a drainage system will be laid down in that trench. In most cases, a sump pump is also installed with a drainage system. Next, the concrete will be restored to close up the floor.  The system should be serviceable for annual maintenance as necessary.

Exterior Waterproofing 

All soil will be dug away from your foundation, usually to a depth of 7-8 feet. The crew will dig a trench around the foundation and fill it with drain material and gravel. Depending on your home’s specific issue, the crew may also apply chemical sealants and/or sheets or waterproofing material to the exterior foundation walls.

The Bottom Line, regardless of whether you need interior or exterior waterproofing, foundation work, or a combination of the three, your home can be fixed. In most cases, the best way to handle a water instruction problem is to address the easy tasks first. Contact us today to schedule your free quote to waterproof your basement! We proudly serve Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Toledo and the surrounding areas in Michigan and Northern Ohio.

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