Basement waterproofing refers to a method of preventing and managing water entering a home’s foundation.
Problems of a Wet Basement
Water leaking into a basement presents many problems to a homeowner. If belongings are being stored in the basement there may be water damage to the property. Basement water can also cause a musty smell in the basement and could leak to mold and mildew growth from the increased moisture levels. A wet basement can also decrease the value of your home.
What Causes Basement Water
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Most homes find water entering a basement through the joint between the basement walls and cement floor, also known as the cold-joint. A more severe basement water problem is seen in homes seeping water up through cracks in the basement floor. If your basement is constantly leaking water through the cold-joint, your home my be situated in an area where the surrounding soil is water saturated. This is a mild to moderate basement water issue that can be solved by installing a basement waterproofing system and sump pump for drainage. If your basement leaks in through the cold-joint during a heavy rainstorm or during the spring thaw, you have minor waterproofing basement issue that can easily be fixed by installing a basement waterproofing system.
The water around a home’s foundation is forced into the basement by hydrostatic pressure, which is the pressure exerted by a the water due to the force of gravity. You can not stop hydrostatic pressure, but you can relieve it by drilling weep holes into the hollow cells of block walls foundation where it most commonly builds up. Basement with poured foundation walls do not have hollow cavities, therefore, hydrostatic pressure does not build up inside the basement walls. The next step after relieving hydrostatic pressure is installing a waterproofing basement system.
Basement Waterproofing Solutions
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Choosing the correct basement waterproofing solutions depends on the source of your basement water. As talked about in the section above, the cold-joint is the most common source of a wet basement. This type of wet basement can be fixed with an above floor channel that is adhered to the basement floor and rests against the basement walls along the perimeter of the leaking basement. An ideal waterproofing basement product is the SquidGee Dry System and SealOnce Adhesive. This do-it-yourself waterproofing solution will capture water entering through the cold-joint and any water seepage running down the face of the walls.
If your basement leaks water up through the middle of the basement floor, it will be necessary to install a subfloor system. A professional waterproofing contractor will bust up the perimeter of your basement floor exposing the footing and surrounding area. A layer of rock will be added to the area of in front of the footing and basement system will be placed on top of the rock, then directed to a sump pump. Often times a vain from the system will be sent out through the middle of the floor.
A wise addition to any style of a basement waterproofing system is installing a vapor barrier along the face of the wall that will tuck behind the system. This is especially important if you are considering finishing your basement.
Sump Pump Solutions
A sump pump is the heart of any basement waterproofing system. Many basement leaking water my already have a sump pump installed, but your home does not installing a sump pump is necessary step in waterproofing a basement. We offer a do-it-yourself sump pump kit that includes a pre-drilled structural foam basin and gas-tight lid, 1/3HP sump pump, and check valve. Every waterproofing system needs a place to drain the water, either it be a floor drain or ideally a sump pump system.
A 1/3HP sump pump will handle most basement water issues. If you have a significant amount of water leaking into your basement, upgrade to 1/2HP is an option. A battery backup pump is a nice addition to your main sump pump if your home was to loose power due to a storm or power outage, the backup pump will be able to run for a few hours. We feel the best compliment to every sump pump system is a high water alarm that will notify the homeowner their system has quit. The best high water alarm options are ones that automatically call you when with the messages, as a basic buzzer alarm is only good if you are home and within hearing distance of the alarm. The IQ-High Water Alarm will immediately call up to four phone numbers relaying a message that your system has quit, wether you are at home, work or on vacation. This is the best option in high water alarms with its ease of installation and reliable response time!
Basement Waterproofing Frequently Asked Questions
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DIY Basement Waterproofing Testimonials
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“I installed the SquidGee do-it-yourself. Since the, it has stood up to hurricane Irene and hurricane Sandy. IT WORKS GREAT!”
- Henry T.
Woolrich, New Jersey
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