Basement waterproofing can come in many different shapes and sizes but the goal is to turn a wet basement into a dry and usable space. While some companies sell one size fits all solution, we feel that such a thing does not exist.
Midwest Waterproofing operates under the idea that the problems, or symptoms of a problem, dictate the solution. Do you have a finished basement or complex commercial building? We will spend the time to truly diagnose the situation and offer the best solution for that particular situation.
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The most common source of water in a basement is through cracks in the poured concrete foundation wall. This is the most common type of foundation found in our service area. Cracks are easily seen in unfinished basements but can be diagnosed in finished basements as well by looking for the area where the seepage starts and then examining the exterior for cracks in the foundation above grade. Places you can typically find cracks: corners of basement windows, where beams fit into the foundation as well as where the foundation has corners, bays or changes in elevation. Foundation Crack Repair can be done from the interior with urethane injection or the exterior with a waterproofing membrane application. Both processes are permanent solutions to a leaking crack in poured concrete foundation walls.
One of the most devastating sources of water in a basement is when a sump pump gets overwhelmed, does not work due to power outage or mechanically breaks. This typically results in hundreds, even thousands of gallons of water entering the basement and causing immense damage to the property and any items in it. The best policy to prevent this from happening is having a sump pump system that is properly designed for your particular property, often times including a battery back-up system.
Another common symptom of a wet basement is water coming in through a concrete block, brick or stone foundation wall, through cracks in the concrete floor or through the joint where the basement floor meets the foundation wall, referred to as the cove joint. This is a tell-tale sign of hydrostatic pressure building up alongside the foundation walls or beneath the basement floor from heavy rainfall or snow melting. In order to address this problem permanently, an interior drain tile system needs to be installed along with a sump pump system if one does not already exist.
Another common problem that allows water into a basement happens when the soil or grading around the home is higher than the top of the foundation. This condition allows water to come in over the top of foundation and into the basement. This can happen on any type of foundation and any type of structure, including masonry buildings. The ideal way to address this situation is to alter the grading so that it is 4-6 inches below the top of foundation. A lot of times this is not possible either due to site conditions or prohibitive cost and the installation of a waterproofing membrane is prescribed to seal the top of the foundation and prevent water from seeping in. An exterior waterproofing membrane is also a great solution for old masonry and stone foundations that have water seeping in through the mortar joints, especially coupled with an exterior drain tile system that is tied into a sump system.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, contact Midwest Waterproofing for a free consultation. Our experienced staff can help diagnose the problem and offer a permanent, cost effective solution that is right for your situation. Want more information about the basement waterproofing and construction industry? Stop by our Educational Center.