Education for the Informed Consumer; Waterproofing Options

Finding a responsible and trustworthy waterproofing company can be challenging but there are several options for dealing with a wet and leaky basement.  Additionally, there are several companies’ today that offer customer warranties and homeowners should expect this type of professional courtesy.   Before hiring a contractor to come into your home, educate yourself on the types of waterproofing options that exist:

French Drains: The penetration of water into a basement is often caused by ruptures in the foundation at the junction of the wall, floor and footing. The ruptures are usually a result of hydrostatic pressure resulting from a high water table. Most waterproofing solutions are a variation of a basic French drain system – a proven technique that has been around since it was first described by Henry French (no he was not French, he was American!) in 1859.  The primary steps for french drains involve a system of perforated pipes placed in a trench covered with gravel or rocks that redirects surface and groundwater away from an area.

Foundation Repair: Visible cracks in your basement walls or floor are obvious potential sources of water ingress or even structural weakness.   Even if they are not leaking currently, the crack is evidence of excess hydrostatic pressure at the exterior of the structure.   Left uncorrected, it is almost inevitable that the crack will get worse and become a source of unwanted moisture.

Curtain Drains: Curtain drains are essentially trenches filled with gravel covering perforated pipe acting like a gutter system to remove unwanted water away from your home. The trench is lined with filter fabric to ensure that the perforated pipe with remain free of clogs from dirt and silt over the years.

Sump Pumps: A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin. The water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, funneling into the basin or because of rain or natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level.

Crawl Space Vapor Barriers: Patented vapor barrier technology that cover the crawl area with a durable, woven 10 mil vapor barrier designed to completely prevent moisture from entering your home.  The barrier prevents moisture ingress across the entire perimeter of your crawlspace.

Mold Remediation:  Techniques used in occupational health:  mold assessment is the process of identifying the location and extent of the mold hazard in a structure, and mold remediation is the process of removal and/or cleanup of mold from an indoor environment.

Being an informed consumer and understanding the basic mechanics of waterproofing will give you the quality, safety and money-saving investment you deserve.

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