Waterproofing Your Foundation
Basement walls are often made of concrete, in some cases they are made of block and in other cases are poured cement. Over time settlement and movement of foundation walls can cause deficiencies resulting in holes, cracks, or other defects. Under these circumstances a suitable waterproofing solution
is required. Waterproofing your foundation has two primary functions; the first is to stop water from entering the house, and the second is permanently stop foundation erosion and degradation.
Foundation waterproofing is an effective way to prevent future water damage to important personal items and most importantly prevents growth and development of various mold and fungi which may be harmful to your health.
During the waterproofing procedure it is imperative to properly repair areas that may be more obvious points of entry for water. All holes, separations, or large cracks, require repair in order to restore the integrity of your foundation.
Different foundations deficiencies require different methods of waterproofing, however the end goal is always to ensure a dry basement. In all cases that demonstrate a high level of degradation to the foundation wall, it is recommended to waterproof the wall from the exterior, this eliminated future
degradation and allows exterior water management to be addressed. In other cases when the minor cracking occurs in multiple locations, interior waterproofing is recommended, as it can be a more cost effective method of waterproofing.
In both methods of waterproofing, standard procedure is to install new weeping tile to channel water away from foundation walls and basement floors. The redirection of groundwater from problem areas is standard practice in many situations.
We’re available for any and all kinds of basement waterproofing. Just give us a call to discuss what you need, and we’re glad to provide it for you.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Exterior waterproofing is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home. Since rain and snow are bountiful sources of water, they can easily make their way from the outside in. There are two ways a basement can be waterproofed from the outside; the first method is to coat the exterior wall in a petroleum based product, the second method that is practiced at Remove and Restore is a more environmentally friendly way using self-adhering composite membrane.
Both exterior waterproofing procedures require excavation, however our well trained staff uses all precautions protect surrounding areas to reduce and in most cases eliminate mess and damage in areas adjacent to excavated locations.
The choice of exterior waterproofing is typically the best solution for elimination of water leaks, and the preventing that musty, moldy “basement smell”.
Interior Basement Waterproofing
Interior waterproofing basement walls can be an ideal remedy in cases where there is little to no degradation of foundation blocks, and when the basement is not finished. Under these circumstances, bringing the solution of interior waterproofing to the table is more cost effective solution to the home
owner that allows for the prevention of water from entering living space. This procedure requires a waterproof membrane to be installed on the interior of the basement wall.
During the installation a trench is made along the perimeter of the foundation wall to lay a weeping tile, the waterproof membrane is then installed and water can no longer enter living space in the basement.
Sump Pumps and Drainage Systems
The installation of a sump is required if there is no suitable path to channel groundwater away from the foundation walls. In this case a weeping tile is directed to the sump pit, where the water can be collected and then pumped to an exterior location of the house. Alternatively sump pumps are
required in areas where high water tables are present.
In this case a weeping tile is run under the basement floor, and is once again directed to the sump pit. In both cases the end result is collecting unwanted ground water from around the foundation wall and relocating it away from the house via mechanical means. All sump pits installed are sealed units so the homeowner doesn’t have to worry about a damp smell or a collection of insects.Back
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