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Basement Waterproofing

Whether you’re experiencing issues with water in your basement, or hoping to prevent problematic water issues in your basement, you’ve come to the right place. 

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.

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.

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.

Understanding Basements

Understanding how a basement is constructed is important. To begin, a large hole is dug in order to prepare the area for footings and block installation. Once the footings and blocks are in place, a drainage pipe with gravel is installed around the outside perimeter of the wall in attempt to prevent water from entering the basement. The pipe allows water to move away from the structure. The area is then back filled with the original soil and the home can be further constructed. Although the soil is compacted as much as possible during the construction, it can not be returned to the original, un-touched compaction therefore causing looser soil around the structure. Less compacted soil allows water to seep and stand around the foundation. Over time previously installed piping can also become clogged.

What is Hydro-static Pressure?

Hydro-static pressure occurs when water is forced into an area where it has no escape.

After precipitation, the water table rises up to/around basement walls. This creates hydro-static pressure, so the water begins to find an alternate route. To relieve the pressure, water begins to penetrate the basement around the foundation seams and through porous basement block walls; causing basements to flood or water seepage.

What are the signs of a basement with water damage?

  • 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

If you have noticed any of the above signs in your basement, let the experts take a look! Call us today for a Free Estimate 256-773-2002

Basement Waterproofing: The Process

Interior basement waterproofing is installed by first, jack hammering the concrete perimeter 6-8 inches from the basement wall, creating a trench. Next, a hole is dug for the sump basin to sit. The trench is then grated towards the sump basin. Gravel is installed in the trench and around the basin. A sump pump with PVC discharge piping is installed into the sump basin to pump water outside of the basement and away from the structure. A polyurethane plastic is installed to line the walls and defers the water to the drainage system. Concrete is then poured back over the tract system and the basement is returned to its original look.

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!



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