Repair Solutions for Leaky & Wet Basements
Do you have a wet basement? There are many things that can contribute to a damp, wet, or leaky basement.
Some things to consider when diagnosing the problem:
- Are your eave troughs down spouts connected into the ground or discharging at the side of your house?
- Do you have visible foundation cracking?
- Are your weeping tiles clogged with soil or tree roots?
- Is the grade of your yard sloping towards your house?
These are a few factors that could be contributing to your wet basement, and a DryShield® specialist can provide a FREE inspection and solution to repair your problem: Call Now: 1-800-277-5411
Wet and leaky basements can cause significant issues to the health of your home. With high levels of relative humidity mold can begin to grow. Three main factors for mold growth are, high relative humidity, continues flow of water and something for the spores to feed on (many building materials). Keeping your basement dry with a permanent solution can also help hold the value of your home or building.
Dryshield® offers various solutions designed to keep basements dry, including: internal drainage systems, external waterproofing / window wells, crack injections and sump pumps.
Consider the Safety Factors
Wet basements can be a danger to both your home and health. A basement water problem that is not fixed can soon spread from one area to the next, leading to a damaged foundation and threatening the value of your home. In addition, there are many types of mold that can grow in this environment which are dangerous (and often toxic) to humans. The last thing you want to do is neglect a wet or damp basement.
Choosing a leaking basement solution:
An interior waterproofing or drainage system will help resolve a wet or leaky basement. The internal drainage system is typically installed if there is minimal access or water coming up from underneath the foundation. The internal drainage system has a few benefits external waterproofing does not. First, the cost is significantly reduced because external excavation is not required. Secondly, if the water is coming up from under the floor an external weeping tile will not catch the water before it enters the floor from underneath. Read more about interior waterproofing.
External Waterproofing / Window Wells
If you have a wet basement and water is coming through the walls, exterior waterproofing may be the solution for you. When considering an external solution you need to consider a few things: Is there easy access for excavation; are there any obstacles such as fences, AC units or porches / decks? One thing to realize when approaching a leaky basement externally is that everything along the side of the foundation will have to be removed or relocated. Read more about exterior waterproofing.
Foundation Crack injections / Tie Rods
Many damp and wet basements are caused from a foundation crack or tie rod. The first thing to consider for foundation crack injections is what type of foundation you are dealing with. The only type of foundation that can be injected is solid poured concrete. Cinder block, brick or field stone foundations cannot be injected because of voids. Read more about Read more about foundation crack repair.
When fixing basement water issues, drainage is the most important factor. Externally, new weeping tiles can be connected to existing drainage if it drains properly. However, connecting to existing drainage could lead to issues down the road.
The internal drainage system can also be connected to existing drainage if properly draining. However, if the drains either inside or outside back up or become clogged in the future, both systems will fail. Sump pumps are a great solution to creating new independent drainage that you can monitor and access. Read more about Sump Pumps and Sump Wells.
Choosing a Certified Professional
Find an IICRC Certified waterproofing company to ensure that you are working with a reputable business.
You want a company that is experienced in exterior as well as interior waterproofing. Hiring a company that regularly fixes wet basements using the latest technology will give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home will be protected in the future.
If you have a wet basement or noticed a leak and would like a trained waterproofing professional to provide you with a FREE 10 point waterproofing inspection, call DryShield now: 1-800-277-5411.
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