Friday, April 26th, 2019 by Holly Richards-Purpura
As the old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” This is all well and good for gardening and landscaping purposes, but it can mean trouble for your home. Whether the forecast calls for a little bit of rain or a steady soaking for hours at a time, water could end up in your home in the form of puddles or several inches to flood the basement floor.
That’s why it is important to be prepared and have a trustworthy waterproofing system protecting your basement and your home.
If you have the slightest feeling that water might be leaking into your basement, don’t ignore your gut. The problem will not go away on its own, and it could turn into major headaches if ignored. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you suspect you’ve got a water problem. We’ve got the right people and the right solutions to help you, and we’ll make sure you have the right experience.
After you submit an online inquiry or give us a call, you will be connected with a member of our Customer Care team who will be able to work with your schedule to get an appointment for you with one of our inspectors.
The inspector visiting your home will complete a thorough evaluation of the property. Along with looking at signs of water intrusion, this also includes checking for any exterior or interior foundation cracks, as well as inspecting the exterior drainage system.
Water can find its way into your house through several ways. The biggest culprit is a cracking foundation, which goes hand-in-hand with water.
During the construction of your home, a giant hole was dug to accommodate the home’s foundation. After the foundation was built, some of the soil that was excavated was replaced/backfilled to fill in the gap around the outer edges of your foundation. This soil is loose and fluffy from excavation, and it absorbs water more that the dense, hard-packed soil farther away from the home.
Different soil types are affected by water and moisture in different ways. Ohio’s primarily clay soil holds onto the water and expands when it is wet, and shrinks when it is dry. During the soil expansion, a lot of pressure is exerted on your basement walls. When the pressure becomes more than the walls can handle, they begin to push inward. This is known as hydrostatic pressure, which affects the walls’ structural integrity. This then causes wall cracks and gaps that water can easily seep through.
If your downspout conductor lines are above-ground and terminate near a wall, the draining water also can easily seep inside.
Your inspector will consider all of these issues during his evaluation and when discussing his findings with you. He will then recommend the best, proven solutions to address these problems. Your inspector will not try to push unnecessary products on you just to make a sale. He is genuinely concerned for your well-being, and he wants to help you create a safer and healthier home. He can work within your budget and help draw up a plan that works for you.
Once you have agreed on a contract, our office will work with you to get your repair project scheduled. One of our expert crews then will treat your home with the utmost care as they install these solutions.
A typical basement waterproofing project includes the installation of the sub-floor WaterGuard drainage system, which is a system that collects seeping water from the walls and floor; a reliable sump pump system to pump the water out of the home; and exterior drainage. There is a variety of other options available, including foundation repair solutions, but these are the heart of a good waterproofing system.
We pride ourselves on completing repair projects right the first time. But if you notice any issues or something not quite up to snuff, we won’t leave you in the lurch. If there’s a problem, we want to make it right. Your 100% satisfaction and having a remarkable experience with us is crucial. It’s how we do business.
If seeing rain heading your way makes you afraid for your basement, you can “stand under our umbrella.” We look forward to working with you and helping give you peace of mind and a dry basement!