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Basement Waterproofing

Basements are one of the most important parts of a home and yet it is often the most neglected. This can be due to the problems attached with having a basement especially because it is susceptible to water leaks and build up of moisture. Due to this fact, a wet or damp basement can easily become flooded. In addition to this, it can lead to other more complicated problems such as unstable foundations. To prevent these from happening, it is important that basement waterproofing be done.

Are you concerned about the resistance of your basement and foundation is to water? Dry Effect is here to solve your basement waterproofing needs.

The Four Stages of Basement Water Damage

Stage 1 – Visible Cracks – You may notice cracks appearing in masonry in your basement. You’re not seeing any water yet, but cracks are visible and new ones are popping up.  How to address visible cracks.

Stage 2 – Moist Walls – The pressure of outside water in the ground has started to push water through the cracks as they are the place of least resistance. It’s not yet pooling, but you can find damp spots along the cracks where water is getting absorbed into the dry masonry.

Stage 3 – Damp Basement & Puddles – Water and pressure is widening those cracks and compromising your walls. Water is getting and maybe small puddles on the floor. You can find dirt and sometimes bugs coming through the cracks. Your basement feels significantly more damp than the rest of the house. It may not only be limited to your basement, but crawl space too.

Stage 4 – Pooling – A lot of water is now coming through almost any time is rains and sometimes even when it doesn’t. Large pools of water form near the wide cracks as well as in the lower spots in the basement.

Do any of these stages sound like your basement? Dry Effect is the premier regional basement moisture specialist and will solve these problems for you from basement waterproofing to the water remediation and cleanup. Call today to schedule a free inspection and estimate with a trained and certified technician. 

Things you need to know before hiring basement waterproofing contractors.

Choosing the right basement waterproofing solution

There are several methods to keeping water out of your basement – and getting it out when it gets inside.

There are three main methods of basement waterproofing and these are interior sealants, exterior waterproofing and drainage. Since each situation, home and basement are different there are different solutions for different issues. A coat or two of a waterproof sealant may be enough for some homes, while others may need to install a French drain, a sump pump and waterproof sealing.

Interior basement waterproofing, which involves moving water out of the home once it’s inside, is typically the most cost-effective option. Excavating to install an exterior perimeter drain is typically the more expensive option.

The Important Basement Waterproofing Tips

Don’t use DIY sealants

The easiest fixes are always temporary. If you visit a home improvement store you will find many options for waterproof methods and sealants boasting to be the best on the market. You will be bombarded with advertising trying to convince you that so and so product is the best and will fix every leaky basement. This is simply not true. We really can’t stress enough that not every wet basement is the same. If you find a small leak and you want to cover it up with a temporary sealant while you concoct a serious plan of action, that’s fine as long as you understand that this is only temporary and the leak will come back.

Don’t ignore a leak

The worse thing you can do for your home, your basement and the overall foundation and structure of your home is to ignore a leak. It may seem small and insignificant, but that small crack or leak will get bigger and then you will have even bigger problems to deal with. Being cheap won’t get you far, it’s better to invest a little bit of money and take care of a problem before it gets worse and you end up having to pay a lot more for damage control. Did you even know that basement waterproofing can save you money in the long run? It can reduce energy costs, save you money on your homeowner’s insurance as well as increase the overall value of your home. Learn more, how to stop water from seeping in my basement.

Do keep your gutters clean

Who would have thought that clogged gutters could ultimately lead to a flooded basement? Imagine a backed up rain gutter suddenly letting loose and dumping all that water against the foundation of your home. Keep your gutters clean and free from debris and leaves so that the collected water can easily make its way to the downspouts and away from your home.

Don’t allow your downspouts to direct water around the foundation of your home

Speaking of downspouts, the whole point of having them is to make sure they keep water away from your home. If your downspout is just shooting water against the foundation of your home it’s more likely to cause a problem than fix it.

Do find the source of the leak

The best way to fix a leaky basement is to find the source of the water and cut it off. Is the water seeping in through the ground? It is coming in through a window? Is it the foundation of the home? This is the most important step of waterproofing because unless you cut off the source of the leak and fix it, it will keep coming back.

Choose the Right Basement Waterproofing Company For You

As much as we hate to say it, owning a home is never a walk in the park. Whether problems arise from flooding, fire damage or even mold growth, issues are bound to occur – after all, there’s no such thing as the “perfect home.” By being a proactive homeowner, you can spot small and easily fixable issues before they become full-blown disasters. When it comes to a dry basement, a little bit of pro-activeness goes a long way.

The good news is that a smart homeowner who knows the risks associated with a flooded or wet basement will take the proper steps to ensure the basement stays dry and warm year round. Being Cincinnati’s most trusted waterproofing specialist, contact us today for your free estimate to put those water troubles behind you. Learn more, on how to choose the right basement waterproofing for your home.

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    Basement Waterproofing Frequently Asked Questions

    How is the drain main installed?

    The floor has to be a minimum of 3 1/2 inches thick over the footing. We start by installing the sump pump system first. This will help manage water flow during the process of breaking out the concrete along where the floor and walls meet. Beginning at the sump pump, we will remove concrete floor away from the wall approximately 6 inches wide and all the way down to the footer. We will set a short section of the Drain Main on the footer and verify that the vertical portion of the Drain Main will stick up above the floor surface a quarter inch to 1-inch after the cement work is finished. If needed we will use some fine rock to be poured over the footing to raise the Drain Main System to achieve the right height. We will continue laying out the Drain Main System using the pre-molded corners and sump drop kit until we have a continuous conduit along the open trench. Seems between the main sections will be covered with 3M vinyl duct tape to keep concrete from getting into the system while pouring concrete. Once the system is completely laid out and seems taped, we'll pour pea rock into the trench, filling up to the horizontal plane of the top of the Drain Main System. This will leave adequate space to pour several inches of concrete yet over the channel allowing for the back fin to stick up above the concrete and catch any water that may come down the wall through cracks or window wells.

    What is hydrostatic pressure?

    “Hydrostatic pressure” is ground water from your water table that builds up under your basement floor. However, there are alternative systems available depending on your needs. Indicators that an interior basement waterproofing drainage system would be if you have basement floor crack leaks, heaving floors, and/or water enters in where the wall meets the floor.

    How long will it take to complete an interior drain system?

    Depending upon the length in feet, most drain tile jobs are completed in 2-3 days.

    What is the average budget for an interior drain system?

    Average cost can range from $2500-$8000 depending on a company and size of the project.

    How do basement drainage systems work?

    When the water in the collection pit reaches a certain level (usually a few inches), the sump pump kicks on and pumps the water through a pipe or hose to the surface of your yard, where it drains away naturally.

    What is the best basement waterproofing system?

    The most effective basement waterproofing method is called interior water drainage. A drainage system can help avoid water buildup in your basement, moving the water from the footers of the house foundation and out below the basement floor.

    Is waterproofing a basement worth it?

    Basement waterproofing is a valuable home repair. As with many home repairs, your basement waterproofing ROI varies greatly by region, size of home and the extent of the waterproofing. However, nearly all experts agree that basement waterproofing is a valuable home repair that is well worth the expense.

    Does homeowners insurance cover basement waterproofing?

    Basement leaks not covered by insurance include: Rising water from a storm of heavy rains-You will need adequate flood insurance to protect you against damage from any weather event. Most flood insurance policies cover possessions but not the structure of the home. Sewage backup-Sewer system backups are not covered.

    Why does my basement leak when it rains?

    The most common causes of basement leaks is pressure created by water in the soil surrounding the foundation. During periods of heavy or persistent rain, the soil can become saturated, creating hydrostatic pressure (or water pressure) that can push moisture and water through your basement walls and floor.

    Does waterproofing your basement increase home value?

    Most experts agree that not only will you recoup the cost of waterproofing your basement when you sell your home, but you may also profit from the investment. A waterproofed basement can count as livable space and increase the value of your home. Don't put your home's value on the line.

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