No one really thinks about basement waterproofing until they need to waterproof their basement.
In the Midwest, because of heavy precipitation, homes continually adjust and settle. This causes cracked foundations, bowing basement walls, and other structural damage that create opportunities for water and humidity to enter your home.
Here are the warning signs that you should consider basement waterproofing services.
Moisture can create severe structural and health problems for your home and your family. Listed here are a few of the most commons signs that you may need a basement waterproofing specialist.
To understand the severity of your basement waterproofing needs, you can schedule a free evaluation with a certified foundation repair expert.
- Damp block walls
- Damp or wet floor
- Musty odor
- Cracks in the floor
- Leaks around pipes
Cinder block is naturally permeable, so when your home is being built, a waterproof coating is put on the exterior of the wall to stop moisture from entering through the wall. As time goes on, this coating wears down and becomes less effective, allowing for water penetration. This problem will continue to worsen over time, if not properly repaired.
Cove joint seepage is a common problem in both block and poured concrete basements, and it’s usually a good indicator that you have a particularly high water table in your area. During heavy rains or major snow melts, the water table rises and creates enough pressure under your basement floor to force the water through and create new channels.
Tie rod leaks are commonly seen in poured concrete basement walls. Many times, leaks happen because the tie rod has rusted and expands, causing cracking and allowing water to trickle in and seep through the walls or floor of your home.
Leaks around pipes are extremely common. In fact, almost every basement has at least one pipe penetration where water is seeping in. The material used to seal around the pipe loses its bond to the wall allowing water to come in. Unfortunately, this is a problem that will continue to worsen over time and must be addressed quickly and properly.
Cracking basement floors are a common problem in the Midwest. They are caused due to concrete shrinkage or foundation settlement. If addressed early, and caught before you start to see water seeping through, you can usually prevent future structural and cosmetic damage.
Here are the four most common basement waterproofing methods used to treat these types of seepage and leaks.
Crossroads Complete Basement Seal
If you have water seeping through your block walls, this system is designed to resolve these types of water and moisture penetration issues and can be installed without the removal of finished walls. Its design allows this system to cover more surface area than any other system on the market.
Our waterproofing system diverts incoming basement water to a sump pump. The system is installed at the cove joint, and a rubber seal keeps water and soil gases from entering your basement. You can also install it in conjunction with a special wall encapsulation system and a sealed pump pit.
Crossroads Complete Basement Seal system comes in several different configurations for a variety of basement layouts. All of our basement waterproofing services have a lifetime guarantee and are radon compatible.
SafeDrain™ Waterproofing System
The SafeDrain™ system has a low profile and wide design that allows water to be properly directed to your sump pump. The low profile protects the structural integrity of your floor more than other traditional systems.
You can also install this system in conjunction with a special wall encapsulation system and a sealed pump pit.
All of our basement waterproofing services have a lifetime guarantee and are radon compatible.
This is a common solution for repairing cracks in basement flooring, trickles of water from pipes, and tie rod leaks.
Floor crack repair
First, we grind down the crack—it must be as straight as possible—and thoroughly clean it out. We then inject urethane, a sealer, into the crack from dirt to the top of the concrete floor. Once the urethane has bound to the concrete, it adds structural integrity, helps prevent minor water seepage, and is ready to be painted or stained, if necessary.
Pipes and tie rod repairs
We’ll first clean out the crack and area around the tie rod end and free it of debris. We’ll then drill a small hole adjacent to the crack, penetrating into the crack. This allows the epoxy to fill the crack completely, providing a permanent solution.
All of our basement waterproofing services have a lifetime guaranteeand are radon compatible.
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