Preventing Basement Leaks
The best offense, as they say, is a strong defense. Before water can cause structural damage to your foundation, you can prevent basement leaks and avoid costly foundation repairs.
When water starts invading your basement, it’s a result of excessive pressure against the walls or floor of your foundation. Hydrostatic pressure is a result of water being absorbed by the soil surrounding your foundation because it has nowhere else to go.
Even when there are not visible signs of water damage, the porous materials used to build your foundation still allow water from rain or irrigation to seep inside your basement. Over time, your foundation walls could start to deteriorate due to such factors. To prevent structural damage to your home, a custom water management system and the right waterproofing methods will need to be used together.
Before any attempts can be made to stop water from penetrating your basement, an inspection of the foundation is necessary to find out the cause and severity of existing damage.
Water leaking into your basement can quickly deteriorate your foundation. Because of its destructive nature, managing the hydrostatic pressure around and underneath your house is vital. The cause of water intrusion will determine the right water management system for you.
Keystone Basement Systems will design a custom drainage system that can effectively capture and redirect water that has forced its way inside your basement.
We will install a network of pipes below your basement floor that will channel water that penetrates your foundation into a catch basin. Digging the trenches and catch basin will be done with our dustless equipment so that we can control dust, mold and other airborne debris that would otherwise be caused by this type of work.
The catch basin is placed near an exterior wall so as not to be in your way. Our custom sump pump system placed inside the catch basin will redirect the water out of your home.
Some problems will be corrected from the outside of the foundation. We will excavate the outside of your foundation to lay heavy duty drainage pipes that can withstand the 8-10 feet of backfill used to replace the soil we remove.
We will place several layers of filtration fabric on top of the drainage pipes to help limit the amount of debris that will fall into your system. The drainage system will discharge water safely away from the foundation. Before backfilling the excavation site, we will use a combination of waterproofers as added protection for your foundation.
While your foundation walls are exposed, an independent waterproof membrane will be applied. We use a non-corrosive termination bar at the top of the membrane to prevent delamination.
Once the waterproof membrane and termination bar are properly installed, we will lay an insulation board at least 1” thick over the membrane. This will protect the application from being damaged during the backfill.
When the waterproofing is complete, the excavation site will be backfilled with gravel. We use gravel instead of dirt so the water accumulating around your foundation can filter down to the new drainage pipes faster. We will leave a clean out port that will allow for easier access to inspect and maintain the drainage system.
What You Should Know About Preventing Basement Leaks
Any water management system or basement waterproofing may require building permits from local code enforcement prior to beginning work. Keystone Basement Systems will ensure all local ordinances are followed.
Any of the methods discussed above to prevent basement leaks can only prove to be effective once the cause of water penetration is found and addressed during the design of your solution. Failure to address the cause of the problem will result in repeat damage in the future.
To find out the best way to prevent basement leaks in your home, take advantage of our FREE 68 Point Inspection.
Any repairs made by Keystone Basement Systems’ certified waterproofing specialists include regular maintenance and are backed by our Lifetime Warranty.