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Basement Cracks & Waterproofing

What are the signs of a basement with water damage?

If you suspect water damage, look for the following signs:

  • Horizontal wall cracks
  • Vertical wall cracks
  • Stair-stepped cracks
  • Buckling walls
  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Mold and mildew
  • Condensation
  • Soft, wet spots on walls
  • Insect infestations
  • Respiratory issues
  • Musty odor

After heavy rainfalls, does your basement flood? Do you have standing water in your yard? If you answered yes, then you may need basement waterproofing.

Why does my basement flood or leak?

basement waterproofingThis can be due to poor drainage in the yard or drive, clogged or nonexistent gutters, gutters that drain too close to the home, or cracks and bowing walls. If you have a crack in your basement foundation wall, this may be the main pathway for water entry. Untreated cracks can widen over time and cause further foundation issues due to water damage.

What is Basement Waterproofing?

Basement waterproofing is a method that involves preventing water from entering the basement of a house. It is commonly used for structures built at or below the ground level. Basement waterproofing is used for groundwater that builds up in the soil and raises the water table. Saturated soil creates stress against the basement walls and floors, forming cracks throughout the structure.

Photo of water damage on painted cinderblock basement wall

While you may not primarily live in your basement, it is still important to take care of. Think of it this way, your basement is right below your entire first floor, where you probably do live, and it may be causing you health or pest problems right under your nose!

What’s the next step for Basement Waterproofing?

All homeowners should be aware of the warning signs to know when to contact a professional. At Affordable Foundation we can waterproof a basement and provide you with preventative tips to help protect your foundation against water damage. Our basement waterproofing methods include interior waterproofing, exterior waterproofing, a basin, and sump pumps. All of these systems are designed to prevent wet basements by controlling the flow of water away from your basement.

Interior waterproofing contains a perforated drain pipe that is placed inside of the footing. Waterproofing a basement from inside is a relatively minor procedure. The drain pipe is installed under the slab to allow water to drain to a lower level. We use only high-quality interior basement waterproofing materials for this service. Sump pumps are also used to help remove collected water. The exterior waterproofing system collects water around the foundation. This system contains a waterproofing membrane, drainage board, and 4″ perforated drain pipe that moves water away from the home.

For all of your basement waterproofing needs in Tennessee and Alabama, contact Affordable Foundation. We provide free estimates and our experts are available to answer any questions regarding your waterproofing needs. Our service area includes Birmingham, Huntsville, Decatur and the surrounding area.