FIX IT RIGHT, WATER TIGHT
There’s no secret on how to perform interior drain systems. Also known as the “French Drain”. There are a number of them out there and multiple contractors provide the services. The only problem with the process is the installer and material. Some contractors can do this very simple process the wrong way.
Costing you thousands of dollars and only having another company come back years later to fix it again. Be very careful of systems that sit on your footing. As these systems flirt with hydrostatic pressure and are prone to cement cracks after the finish product. Always make sure your contractor is licensed in the state of Michigan and carries insurance to protect you.
WHY YOUR BASEMENT LEAKS?
When it rains or if you live in a high water table or if the grade around your home is not correct, you could have a water issue. The surface water collects and builds up in the soil. The area your house was once excavated to build your home would take thousands of years to compact as strong as the soil never touched. Technically your home sits in a bowl of soil more loose than the soil around it. Once the soil is super saturated it forms in a pocket around the foundation (bowl) causing hydrostatic pressure. This is the pressure water exerts naturally when it meets resistance, like your foundation. Water is then forced through the joint where the floors and walls meet. It could even come through cracks in your floor. Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU’s) walls also known as a cinder block walls, are very porous and have channels inside them that can fill with water. Poured walls have a cove at the base of the floor that allows the pressure from water to seep through.
THERE’RE FOUR STAGES TO WATER INTRUSION
1. You’ll start to get a damp smell and spots on the walls and floors. Mold and mildew can start to form. The possibility of blistering paint and efflorescence (white powdery crystals) can start to show.
2. Your carpet, walls, and floors can start to feel wet to touch and some actual water near the wall can start to collect.
3. The cove area (where the floor meets the wall) will constantly seep water. This can cause damage to your finished basement or personal belonging. At this stage you will find pooling water on the floors.
4. This is the last stage where structural support could be compromised. Replacement of wall at this point are not uncommon. Mud and heavy water start penetrating the basement. Random cracks and widening of existing cracks. Along with shifting and the possibility of bowing walls from weakened structures.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
First, we’ll send out our inspectors and exam the problem at hand. We’ll do a 360-degree inspection, inside and out to see were and what needs to be done. Our inspectors will present a plan of action based on the structure type and code for your area. Our inspectors can answer any questions and love to educate the customer with what is happening and how our solution works.
Next we’ll sit down and go over what works for your budget. Basement waterproofing never comes at a good time. That’s why we have multiple financing plans available. Ask about our 4 years interest free plan. After this we’ll write our proposal and find a date and time that works for you and your family. Most of our jobs are completed within a couple weeks, sometimes sooner.
ADVANTAGES OF BASEMENT WATERPROOFING
• Protects the value of your home
• Prevent further structural problems
• Rid your home of moisture and mold for good
• Protect your personal belongings
• Convert your basement to usable clean space
• Lifetime Transferrable Warranty