By far the most effective way to stop water from entering your basement is to install an exterior waterproofing system. A job best left to professionals, exterior waterproofing involves excavating around your house down to the footing, repairing and sealing the exposed foundation walls, and then installing a new weeping tile system to move excess water away from your foundation.
A damp basement can be expensive, damaging and unhealthy! While exterior waterproofing is the best way to get to the source of the problem, interior waterproofing methods can seal out moisture when exterior access is not an option. If you are planning a new basement renovation, waterproofing is a must in order to protect your investment by preventing future water damage.
Weeping Tile | Sump Pumps | Backflow Valves
Weeping tile systems and sump pumps are parts of a drainage system designed to move excess groundwater away from your home. Older weeping tile systems should be examined for breakage or blockage and even replaced for maximum effectiveness. A mainline back-flow valve is highly recommended for new basement renovations as a preventative measure to keep your basement free of flooding and sewer back-ups.
If moisture is entering your home through a basement window you may need a drain installed in your window well so the water can’t pool.
Foundation Crack Repair
When searching for a Basement Waterproofing Contractor it is always a good idea to understand what materials will be used to repair a leaking foundation crack in your cement wall. The industry standard is either Epoxy or Polyurethane expanding foam. What’s the difference? Let’s find out.
Epoxy Foundation Crack Repair
Epoxy Foundation Repair is more well known out of the two options, but not always the best solution. Epoxy has a very thin texture, very close to water. The benefit of this it does very well in Hairline Foundation Crack Repair, due to having a low viscosity it is able to penetrate the crack very well and once it hardens it becomes harder than concrete. The disadvantages of Epoxy is more product is needed to fix a wider crack, and due to long cure times there is potential for the epoxy to drain out of the back side of the wall. Under certain circumstances, an Epoxy Foundation Crack Injection is a great way to structurally fix Foundation Cracks.
Polyurethane Foundation Crack Repairs
Do you have a Leaking Foundation Crack? If so, Polyurethane will become your best friend. For one, it reacts with water expanding and filling the Foundation Crack with in minutes. The set time for Polyurethane foam can be within minutes, which means the leak will be plugged and set by the time we leave your home.
Due to the expanding nature of Polyurethane it is preferred for larger cracks, which makes it more cost effective for both the Waterproofing contractor, and in return the customer.
We understand there can be a lot of choices when deciding how to fix a basement wall crack, and what material to use given the circumstances. Always talk to a local Waterproofing Contractor to find the right solution to your Leaking Foundation Crack.
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