Wet Basement Repair
Custom water management systems and basement waterproofing solutions will protect your home from future water intrusion, but what about existing water damage to basement walls?
A wet basement, or a foundation that is structurally damaged because of previous water penetration, will continue to be problematic for your home and family.
A look at the Grand Canyon provides evidence of the destructive power water holds as it pushes through nature’s hardest materials. Though on a smaller scale, those canyons are indicative of what water seeping into your basement has done to your foundation. Walls that are cracked, bowed or leaning can no longer bear the weight of your house as intended when originally designed.
Peeling paint, efflorescence, bottom block decay and mold growth are all indications of high humidity and excessive moisture also caused by water penetration. Prolonged exposure could lead to respiratory problems and other serious health risks to your family.
Once we’ve evaluated the causes of water damage and designed the right drainage system for your basement, Keystone Basement Systems will develop the best plan to repair your damaged foundation.
Finding the signs of water damage early on presents the opportunity to regain the structural integrity of your foundation by repairing existing walls. The severity of damage and your unique situation will determine which methods below will be best for your home.
Carbon Fiber Wall System
Our carbon fiber strap technology provides unmatched support because it’s tailored to the specific dimensions of your foundation. This degree of customization ensures the maximum reinforcement is applied in the appropriate areas. Unlike mass-produced solutions which may not be right for all situations, our straps take into account your home’s specific problems and needs.
Wall anchors are a proven method of wall reinforcement. They are used when walls display moderate movement. Galvanized metal anchors are inserted into stable soil at varying distances from your home to avoid decks, patios and landscaping.
Wall plates are attached in areas where the bowing or leaning of your walls has occurred and connected to soil anchors by steel rods. All holes are backfilled and the turf is restored to its original condition.
The most severe wall damage may require the use of steel-I-beams. In some cases, it may be necessary to “dig and push” your walls to a more erect stature in order to be effective. Once we’ve determined that it’s safe to use this method to reinforce your walls, the I-beams will be measured and cut to ensure a custom fit to your basement.
Like our carbon fiber wall system, the steel I-beam buttresses are installed based on the specific damage observed. The steel I-beams are countersunk deeply into the round and attached securely at the top. This method provides the maximum amount of reinforcement to the foundation.
When the damage sustained by your foundation is severe enough, replacing the damaged sections of each wall is the only option. In this case, lifting the main structure of your house may be required. We will coordinate with all utility companies to disconnect any services, lines and pipes that may be affected.
Once your house is properly supported, we will excavate around the section of wall being replaced and remove the debris in accordance with local, state and federal guidelines. The new foundation wall will be built many times stronger than the previous one. In addition, the original defect that caused the problem will be corrected.
What You Should Know About Wet Basement Repair
Depending on where you live, local code enforcement may require building permits before any wet basement repair work can begin. Keystone Basement Systems will file for and acquire any required permits prior to beginning work.
Any repairs made because of water damage will only be effective once the cause of water leaking into your basement is addressed. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before the same warning signs of water damage begin to reappear. Installing a custom water management system and waterproofing your foundation walls before any wet basement repairs are made will prevent the damage from reoccuring in the future.
To find the right solution to repair your wet basement, 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.