Basement Waterproofing

Signs You May Need Basement Waterproofing

Not sure if your basement is in need of a basement waterproofing system?

Basements are notoriously prone to moisture and wetness given their location, and knowing the common causes of the water and moisture will better help you understand your home’s unique situation.

Common causes of leaks include:

  • Your home was built on an incorrect slope, making it easy for water and moisture to find their way into your basement.
  • The soil surrounding your home and your home’s drainage systems are inefficient at moving water away from your home.
  • Your basement has a poor or no waterproofing system and allows condensation to appear and build.
  • Your home has cracks in its foundation, allowing water to seep in.
  • Your home has inadequately installed and maintained gutters, allowing large amounts of rain water will fall and sit on your foundation.
  • Your home is contending with hydrostatic pressure, another issue where water has an easy time collecting around the foundation of your home.

Unattended damp basements can lead to much larger problems, such as mold and mildew, structural damage and health problems. The following are signs that you may want to call a professional to discuss basement waterproofing solutions:

  • Wet or damp basement walls
  • Wet or damp basement floor
  • Condensation on basement windows
  • Crystalline deposits
  • Musty odors
  • Sump pump issues

Keep in mind that these problems are not always a result of leaky pipes or cracks in your foundation. Older homes were sometimes constructed poorly, allowing moisture to seep through basement walls or windows.

In order to find the best solution to your problem, we highly recommend having a professional determine the source of the water in your basement.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions

Every home and leaky situation is unique, which is why we don’t offer a “one size fits all” basement waterproofing solution. After personally investigating the situation, we’ll walk you through a discussion of your options and provide an honest estimate for the job.

In addition to sump pump repairs and installations, we also provide interior and exterior basement waterproofing. Invisible Excavation, Plumbing & Drain’s complete basement waterproofing systems can help restore a dry, comfortable, odor-free environment in your basement.

Is Your Basement Wet?

Signs of a water issue in your basement include: water stains, a musty smell, mold or mildew, efflorescence, concrete spalling, or actual puddles/pools of standing water on the ground.

Whether your issue stems from leaks, humidity, poor foundation walls, or another issue, the water problem needs to be quickly handled before the situation goes from bad to worse.

If you’re noticing leaking walls, water on the floor, or seepage through the floors or cracks in your home’s foundation, let the team at Invisible Excavations restore your basement to a dry and healthy environment.

Does Your Basement Have an Odor?

Mold and mildew can easily grow in damp, dark, wet basements. Moist basements can also create a distinct odor (one that doesn’t scream dry, comfortable environment).

Worse yet, having a basement that fosters moisture, mold spores, mildew, and even dust mites will affect the other rooms in your home – like your bedroom, kitchen, and living room. These undesired basement residents can irritate allergies and asthma.

To completely eliminate water, moisture, mold and odor problems in your basement or crawl space, let the team at Invisible Excavations fix the water/moisture issue, prevent mold from growing, and re-establish health and comfort in your basement and – ultimately – entire home.

Is Your Crawl Space Musty?

If you have a home with a crawl space, you know the benefit they hold in additional storage space. Oftentimes, however, crawl spaces are not sealed correctly or sealed at all. This can render a crawl space gross, an energy waster, and unusable.

Through crawl space repair and encapsulation, your crawl space can easily transform from a dirty, damp, moldy space into a dry, clean, and usable space that’s mold-free.

Let the team at Invisible Excavations seal your crawl space and turn it into a dry, clean part of your home and foundation.

Is Your Foundation Cracked?

Cracks in your home’s foundation walls are a major issue. Wall cracks can jeopardize the strength of a wall, easily get bigger over time, and let water into your basement – which, as you can guess – will lead to several other issues (like mold, mildew, odors, and damage to personal items).

If you notice a foundational crack on one or more of your basement walls, or you think your water issues are a result of a compromised foundation, let the team at Invisible Excavations permanently repair your foundation walls, and restore stability to the walls and dryness to the environment.

Exterior Basement Waterproofing Solutions

The safest and most effective way to keep your basement free of water is exterior waterproofing. With interior methods, water is still allowed to enter your basement. It is simply redirected to something like a sump pump. The existence of moisture can lead to problems with air purity, humidity and mold.

Listed below are just a few examples of exterior basement waterproofing solutions:

Install a New Drainage System

After digging a trench around your home’s foundation, we install a drainage system that will direct water away from your home and keep it from entering your basement.

Properly clean and extend downspouts away from your home’s foundation

If your home’s gutters and downspouts were not installed properly, every time it rains the water could be collecting around your home’s foundation. We will clean your gutters and downspouts and make sure that the system is reworked to properly direct water away from your home.

Properly divert the water collected by your sump pump away from your home’s foundation

Your sump pump should discharge water downhill, far away from your home. If it is pumped out too close to your home, the water could seep back into your home’s foundation. We will fix the length of your sump pump discharge line or, if possible, connect it to your home’s main sewer line carrying water away from the home.

Interior Basement Waterproofing Solutions

If your home contends with small cracks and minimal leakage, or if exterior excavation is not possible, interior basement waterproofing methods may be effective.

A few examples of interior basement waterproofing solutions include:

Interior Waterproof Sealant

Special sealants are applied to basement walls, floors, and around windows and doors – wherever there is obvious cracks and/or evidence of moisture – and work to fill the small cracks and construct a waterproof barrier.

Interior Floor Drain System and Sump Pump Installation

From shallow excavation at the inside perimeter of your basement floor, an interior floor drain system will help water travel downward, toward the grate and into the drain.

Find Experienced Basement Waterproofing Service Near Me with the Experts at Invisible Excavations

We will restore comfort in your basement. With extensive experience in basement waterproofing systems – especially exterior basement waterproofing – we’re highly experienced in restoring a dry, comfortable, odor-free environment. Since every situation is unique, we’ll never offer a standard solution. Call today to discuss your options and take one step closer to a more welcoming basement.

Interior & Exterior Basement Waterproofing FAQs

What's the difference between basement waterproofing interior vs exterior?
In simple terms, exterior basement waterproofing mainly involves installing an exterior drainage system and coating the exterior walls with a waterproof barrier (via excavating the soil on all sides of the foundation – making a 7 or 8-foot-deep trench).

Interior basement waterproofing involves waterproof sealant and/or installing an interior floor drain and sump pump.

Since every home and every foundation is different, there is no one-size-fits-all waterproofing solution that works for every basement.

In determining which waterproofing method will keep your basement safe and dry, it all comes down to these factors:

  • Where and how the water is coming in
  • How the moisture is presenting itself
  • The type of soil surrounding your foundation
  • The age of your home
  • The quality of your basement and foundation walls

A basement waterproofing expert can help you assess your situation and recommend the best basement waterproofing system for you.

How much does it cost to waterproof your basement?
No two jobs are the same, so an accurate quote cannot be supplied until the basement area has been inspected. For example, basement waterproofing sealants and epoxies are fairly low cost per square foot for professional application. However, if you need extensive exterior basement waterproofing, projects start to range in the thousands, with many factors affecting the total cost.
What is a basement drain system?
An interior floor drain system is a method that is used when you have large cracks and exterior excavation is not possible, or if previous sealants didn’t work.

An interior basement drain system is:

  • Made from shallow excavation at the inside perimeter of your basement floor.
  • Filled with pea gravel and perforated drain tile. (Typically, a sump pit and pump for water collection is also installed.)
  • Then filled with concrete, leaving only a narrow grate leading to the drain.
  • Involves a final step of installing plastic panels over leaky walls to help water travel downward toward the grate.
Can you seal a basement from the inside?
Absolutely. Using interior waterproof sealant and/or installing an interior floor drain and sump pump, basements with minor cracks and minimal leakage in basement walls, floors, and around windows and doors can usually be sealed.

For the best chance of success, it’s best to consult with a basement waterproofing expert to ensure your water issues are thoroughly assessed and to get the best insight on products to use, if you choose to do the work yourself.

Does insurance cover basement waterproofing?
In most cases, basement waterproofing is not covered by homeowners insurance because it’s viewed as a home maintenance issue and not a sudden or accidental loss – which is what homeowner’s insurance is designed to protect you from.

Since every homeowner policy differs, be sure to review yours and contact your agent to know for certain what yours does and doesn’t cover, and if there are any coverage add-ons you can obtain that will help with basement waterproofing.

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