Any area of your home that sees large quantities of running water will benefit from interior waterproofing. You don’t want to wait until something has already gone wrong, or years of subtle damage have built up to a much larger problem, before you take action. Proactively waterproofing areas of your home, or waterproofing immediately following a repair, can keep your home safe for decades to come. Even after a small flood or leak, you won’t have a thing to worry about.
Basements are often full of pipes, and are usually the location of a home’s water heater. In homes that don’t have a dedicated laundry room, basements often also contain washing machines. These things don’t always have to catastrophically malfunction to damage your basement – any bit of moisture allowed to be absorbed by your basement can become problematic. That musty, dank basement smell comes as a result of moisture being absorbed by the structure.
Waterproofing of your basement walls not only reduces the potential for that smell, but protects your basement. Your whole home is resting on top of your basement, and if it starts to collapse, you’re in for a world of trouble. Interior waterproofing will keep your basement smelling clean and protect your home.
Anywhere there’s water in your home, it’s always a good idea to consider hiring waterproofing professionals to assess the situation. We can waterproof any area of your house, even if you’re only trying to err on the side of caution.
Sump pumps may not sound exciting, but they’re something that homeowners with groundwater issues should look into. A sump pump can serve as the first line of defense between your home and intrusive ground water. If you’re having issues with water coming through your basement floor or wall, a sump pump may be the simplest solution to that problem. This is a relatively easy complement to interior waterproofing that can save you major headaches in the future.
A sump pump won’t waterproof your home, but it will be a valuable component in any interior waterproofing that you’ve done. Even if your home isn’t waterproofed, you might benefit from having a sump pump installed. A sump pump is a mechanical device that is set up in a contained pit, which collects ground water. The water is then discharged to an exterior location away from the house, keeping the basement dry.
The sump pit can be connected to weeping tile lines that channel water away from your foundation wall. The primary function of the system is to channel the groundwater into the pit and then discharge the water back outside. An important tip, however, is to discharge the water to a location away from the house. If this detail is overlooked, the system will circulate the water as it discharges beside the house, seeps into the ground, makes its way back to the pit and the steps are repeated.
There are high and low capacity sump pumps, however each home may require different specifications. At Remove & Restore, we have decades of experience selecting the perfect sump pump for any home to aid in your interior waterproofing efforts.
While in many cases the location of a sump pit can be quite flexible, the ideal location is out of the way of the homeowner. All sump pits need to be installed at the same level as the weeping tile, which means they are most often installed in the basement of a home.
It is important to note that sump pits are not designed to replace the function of floor drains. Instead, they manage groundwater and help protect your basement from groundwater infiltration. This helps keep your basement dry and assist in the interior waterproofing of your basement.
The area that your home is located in should determine if you need a sump pump. In some cases, homes are equipped with a storm sewer that services the weeping tile. In this situation, a sump pump may not be required.
In other instances, such as when a home is located by a lake, is built on a wetland, or may have a high water table in the area, a sump pit is an ideal solution.
If you think you might need a sump pump, or would like us to do an assessment, give us a call. We would be happy to work with you on a custom interior waterproofing plan for your home.
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