Basement Waterproofing to Prevent Flooded Basements
Flooded basements are a real problem and have the potential to cause thousands of dollars in damages. There are many different reasons for flooded basements, all of which need to be repaired as soon as possible. Below you will find some common causes for basement flooding and ways to prevent it from happening to your home.
Quality Foundation wants you to be able to take advantage of all the square footage in your home. It is time to take back your basement! Once you have had your basement professionally waterproofed, you will have the freedom to finish or partially finish your previously wet, damp and dark basement. Quality Foundation will walk you through the process one step at a time and make sure that you not only understand exactly what they are doing but provide you with piece of mind, knowing the job was done right.
Common Causes for a Flooded Basement
When people think of flooded basements they do not often think to check in the gutters for a solution. The truth is, diverting water away from your homes foundation is one of the easiest ways to prevent a wet basement. Gutters that are clogged with leaves and other debris can build up and prevent rain water from flowing properly through the gutter, into the downspout. This causes water to spill over the side of the gutter and pool near the foundation. Make sure you clear your gutters of all debris at least once a year to prevent this potential problem from happening.
Downspouts Are Too Short
Similarly to the clogged gutters, people do not often look to this as a solution for their wet basement. Making sure that water is not pooling near the foundation is the ultimate goal. By extending the downspouts further away from your homes foundation, you can ensure that the excess water will make its way away from your house.
A foundation in disrepair can cause many basement flooding problems. Unfortunately, unlike the above causes, this fix can sometimes be costly. Fortunately you have Quality Foundation on your side. While there are many similarities from foundation-to-foundation, each project has a unique signature that must be addressed on a case by case basis. Quality Foundation has over 20 years experience and has seen it all. Whether its cracked foundation walls or basement floor, bowing walls or foundation settlement, Quality Foundation can offer you a total solution that will leave your basement dry and usable for years and years to come.
Solutions for a Dry Basement
Typically sump pumps are installed by a professional in a special pit at the lowest point in the crawlspace or basement. It works in correlation with a drainage/waterproofing system to collect runoff. This water would normally flow into the basement but instead, gets pumped out and keeps the basement dry. A few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in property damage. Even if you have an unfinished basement, moisture can cause structural damage as well as mold, mildew and other unfavorable side effects.
Basement Waterproofing System
Depending on your unique situation, there are a few different waterproofing solutions available to you. Quality Foundation will customize a basement waterproofing system specifically for your basement. Below you can see the difference between Quality Foundations solution (left) vs. their competitors (right).
While the drainage system on the right is typically cheaper, it does not address the water issues below the basement floor and footing. This method will not completely solve your wet basement issue as water can still collect under the basement floor. Do not be fooled by the competitors. Quality Foundations basement waterproofing system is designed to last and fully solve your basement moisture problems.
The first step in getting your basement moisture problem under control is installing a waterproofing system. Keeping your basement moisture problems under control is the next step. Dehumidifiers will remove the moisture from the air which can cause mold and mildew to form. Dehumidifiers should be used as one part of a complete waterproofing solution.
When all else fails, it is good to make sure you are fully insured. Most times, flood insurance is not covered under your home owners insurance plan. You should check with your insurance provider to ensure that you are covered in the event your home or basement is flooded. Flood insurance should be purchased even if you do not live in a flood plain or somewhere that is prone to flooding. Never underestimate mother nature and make sure you and your home are protected from this very costly disaster.
If you have been experiencing a flooded basement contact us at Quality Foundation for basement waterproofing services today!