Basement Waterproofing Experts
The term Foundation Waterproofing describes a range of services that are performed to fix a damp basement. It is not uncommon for us to receive inquiries such as ” What does it cost in order to waterproof a cellar ?” This is similar to asking a car dealer “How much is it going to cost me to repair my car ?”. The answer will be “It depends”. basement waterproofing experts
First, you must identify the cause of your basement’s leakage. The first step is to consult with the homeowner in order to identify the cause of the problem. The diagnosis will be much easier if the basement is not finished because water leaves behind a trail. Our Advisors can help you identify the cause of the problem if the basement is finished. They use a variety deduction methods.
The Common Causes of Wet Basements
Our wet basement solutions include sealing cracks in foundation walls (poured concrete is most common in the Chicago metro region). In an unfinished basement, cracks are easily visible. Leaking cracks can also leave water stains in the wall or floor of the foundation. The diagnosis of a finished basement begins by identifying where the water enters, and then checking the exterior for any cracks. All vertical cracks reach the top of the wall foundation, which is usually visible above the soil level. The cracks can be sealed either from the inside using our Urethane / Epoxy injection process, or from the outside using our Wall Clay procedure. Both methods are highly reliable and prevent seepage. They also come with our Lifetime Transferrable Guarantee.
A common basement waterproofing issue is seepage at the joint where the wall and floor meet. This is often caused by hydrostatic force, which happens when the water level rises following prolonged rain or melting snow. Water can be forced into the basement by the weight of the water in the soil (8 pounds per gallon). Installing a drain tile system with a Sump Pump to discharge water is the best solution for this type of issue. The drain tile (also known as a French Drain in certain parts of the country), relieves hydrostatic pressure because it provides an easy way for water to escape.
Foundation Waterproofing and Grading Problems
Water may be seen coming through the mortar joint of the bricks or wood framing atop the wall. The exterior grading or paving meets the house on a higher level than the top of concrete foundation wall. You can confirm this by sprinkling a garden hose along the ground. You should be ready to shut off the water if you see it entering the basement.
In many cases, lowering grade is not an option. In situations such as this, we recommend applying an External Subsoil membrane to the portion of the wall below grade. The membrane only needs to be applied from the soil level down, and it should overlap the foundation about six inches. The membranes can also be used to waterproof a wide range of brick or stone foundation leakage problems.
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