While small water in an unfinished basement or a moist feeling as you want on the carpet of your finished basement may not seem much of a concern, but they shouldn’t be ignored either. Small leaks get bigger with time and if left untreated, can cause serious health issues or noteworthy structural damage to supports.
While walking your basement stairs, if you smell a musty fragrance, then it could be because of mold or mildew growth. Fungi flourish on damp surfaces and can post a big health risk to you and your family. If the air in the basement feels moist or clammy, majorly after heavy rainfall, then it is time you look out for cracks. As a home settles, hairline cracks may be noticed in the basement floor or walls. Mostly, it impacts the aesthetics of the place and is not much of a concern. But as they widen or deepen, wet surface or water stains may be seen, which definitely should be immediately addressed.
Here are Step By Step Procedure To Solve Your Basement Waterproofing Issues Once And For All
The most laborious part of the procedure is excavation. Heavy equipment should be used to get rid of soil and debris to the full height of the wall to reach the footings and uncover the weeping tile. Usually, the depth can be 8-feet. The excavation area is cleaned several feet to allow the technicians to work and maybe the length of the wall or full perimeter of the house.
2. Cleaning of the wall and inspection
After the foundation is uncovered, the area is washed to wipe out soil and broken concrete. Technicians check the cause of water infiltration and examine the foundation for cracks.
3. Repair the foundation cracks
The cracks are filled with sturdy hydraulic cement and the foundation walls become structurally sound once again. The material gradually hardens within a few hours and can be troweled to a perfect finish.
4. Installation of liquid membrane
An additional membrane is applied to the foundation walls to waterproof it. The asphalt finish helps to repair the cracks and holes and serves as additional protection against water infiltration.
5. Installation of drain tile
To wipe out excess pressure on the foundation wall, it is important to install a weeping tile system for water drainage. The system is installed in many layers consisting of washed gravel, holed PVC pipe which drains the water away from your home, and filtration fabric to avoid dirt from clogging the tile system.
6. The last steps
The final layers include coverage of the weeping tile with 16-inches of gravel and re-filling the entire excavation area with soil.
If you are in need of professional assistance for your basement leakage issues, then Waterproofing PD is available to help you with expert basement waterproofing methods. All you need to do is give them a call today and they will come to you at the given time to inspect the leakage and suggest the required remedies.