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Basement Waterproofing

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 waterproofingThere are many causes of basement water damage. These can be 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. Water seeps through the cracks and gaps, creating water puddles and standing water. Untreated cracks can widen over time and cause further foundation issues due to water damage.

What are the signs of a basement with water damage?

Signs that water is leaking into your basement can slowly develop over time. If you suspect water damage, look for the following signs:

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

If you have any of these signs, it’s time to call Affordable Foundation & Home Repair for a free consultation. We will be happy to get you started on the journey to basement waterproofing.

What is Basement Waterproofing, and why do I need it?

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

Some major signs of structural damage from improper or nonexistent basement waterproofing may include:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Sticking windows and doors
  • Crumbling foundations
  • Bowing basement walls

If your basement ever floods, leaks, or even has a musty smell, you may need basement waterproofing! 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!

For professional basement waterproofing contractors in the Birmingham or Huntsville, AL area, contact Affordable Foundation and Home Repair. We will help get your basement back on track.

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, 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.

To minimize water damage to your basement, take these preventative measures:

  • Clean gutters on a daily basis and install the proper downspout extensions. This would prevent hydrostatic pressure and soil saturation. Gutters and downspouts are used to collect rainwater and expel it away from foundations.
  • Repair concrete cracks to prevent water leaks and seepage.

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.