7 Basement Waterproofing Solutions

October 8, 2019 | Basement Waterproofing

If you struggle with high humidity or persistent leaks and dampness in your basement, you could benefit from waterproofing services. Here are the top seven basement waterproofing solutions available today.

Exterior Drain Tile

An exterior drain tile system is the most effective way to prevent water from entering your basement. It’s usually installed during construction, but retrofits are also feasible. After all, installing interior drain tiles may not be practical in finished basements. Be aware that excavation is required if you choose this waterproofing solution.

Interior Drain Tile

In an interior drain tile system, perforated pipes surrounded by washed gravel run along the floor just inside the foundation walls. The system collects rising groundwater and directs it to a sump pit, where it is pumped away from the house. The system is relatively quick and easy to install, doesn’t required exterior excavation, and comes with a lifetime transferrable warranty.

Sump Pump

A reliable sump pump is crucial for preventing a basement flood. Sump pumps can be installed alone or in conjunction with an interior drain tile system. The pump sits in a pit dug in an inconspicuous part of your basement. When the groundwater rises to a certain level, the pump powers on and redirects the water outside where it safely drains away. We recommend installing your sump pump with a battery backup in case of power failure.

Exterior Waterproofing Membrane

If you’re tired of water seeping into the basement, you need to combat hydrostatic pressure once and for all. An exterior waterproofing membrane keeps all the moisture out. We couple this installation with footing drains, surface drainage, retention tanks, redirecting of roof water, and more. Because of the excavation required, the best time to install an exterior waterproofing membrane is during the initial construction of your home or alongside other renovation or repair projects.

Window Well Solutions

If your home has window wells, water from a torrential downpour may collect here, leaking in through the windows, or even breaking the glass. Adding an interior or exterior window well drain can help prevent issues. Once installed, make sure you keep the drain clear of debris so it drains water properly.

Foundation Underpinning

Sinking foundations are a common structural issue for both newer and older homes. Whether caused by evaporation, tree roots, poor drainage, improper ground preparation, or poor soil conditions, a sinking foundation can be detrimental to your home’s structure. Foundation underpinning is the number-one way to permanently repair your foundation and prevent further damage.

Wall Bracing

It’s common for foundation walls to bow in older homes after enduring years of the freeze-thaw cycle, soil settlement, and hydrostatic pressure pushing against the house. Carbon fiber wall bracing helps to evenly distribute exterior pressures to prevent further deterioration of the basement walls.

With basement waterproofing, one size doesn’t fit all. Reliable Basement Services in Chicago can help you pursue the right solutions for your unique situation. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us today at (630) 777-0539.

 

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