To begin with you will want a specialist. Basements are built below ground unlike the rest of the house. Traditional building practices do not always translate into a below-ground space. A specialist with experience will understand how your home is built and why it is leaking.
This knowledge and experience will enable them to properly specify the right waterproofing system for your home. That way the basement leak repair is permanent.
Wet floors in your basement can be fixed and fixed forever. First we determine where the water is coming from then apply the appropriate basement leak repair solution for your problem. This allows you to get the right waterproofing at a price that’s right for you.
Properly designed and installed, this system will eliminate water problems in your basement literally forever.
The heart of any interior drainage system, the Sump Pump safely and automatically removes collected water to the outside.
The permanent solution for cracks in your poured concrete foundation.
When you have wet basement walls you want to dry them up and do so permanently. Some common basement leak repairs we use for walls include:
Permanent encapsulation of your foundation walls can not only control water but serve to drastically reduce the moisture that’s entering your basement.
The permanent solution for cracks in your poured concrete foundation. We also structurally “Stitch” the crack back together making your wall solid once again.
When your basement has an opening like a water pipe or sewer pipe the correct sealant must be used to create a permanent repair.
Basement windows are often below or partially below grade. Gravity ensures that water can migrate to this lower area. This can be a problem. A permanent repair often requires several steps working together. Our basement window leak repair solutions include:
Here we collect the water before it runs into the basement. When properly designed and installed, these drains eliminate this problem.
Sometimes your window has a ‘well’ that keeps the soil and mulch away from the critical area of the window opening in the foundation. Window well depth extensions serve to raise that layer of protection so that when thatch and other organic material builds up you have a physical barrier preventing water from filling up the well.
Some basements only leak when it rains and rains a lot. (think: ‘Named Storms”). This is often caused by soil conditions that cause the water to collect under the floor and, eventually, leech into the basement space.
Water seeks its own level through the path of least resistance. Using the same principles that cause your basement to leak interior systems, when properly designed, specified and installed, collect, direct and remove sub-soil water BEFORE it becomes a problem. The key with these systems is specification and installation. Sub-standard systems often look the same as professionally installed systems…until it rains. Gimmicks and patents don’t keep your basement dry. Science and proper execution of scientific principles does.
A sump pump is but a part of any waterproofing system. Sump pumps serve to remove the collected water before it becomes a problem. The ‘Heart’ of your waterproofing system, the sump pump must be of the highest quality in order for it to be reliable.
Do you often have power outages? A Battery Back-up Sump Pump system protects your basement even when the power lines go down. This component is, hopefully, rarely needed but when it is you are going to want solid performance. Power outages often occur during the very storms that can flood your basement so if you’re going to have a battery back up choose one that can handle the volume of water. Ask your inspector for details.
Sump pump system are critical to keeping most basements dry. If you’re having trouble with yours we can help.
If your pump is not running first check the outlet. Plug in a small lamp or radio to check that the outlet is live. If not; check the outlet to see if it is a GFCI outlet (like your kitchen countertop outlets), and reset if tripped. If it is not a GFCI outlet check the breaker box to see if the breaker has tripped. If you have power and your pump still doesn’t run you likely need a new pump. Call us for more help.
Battery back-up pumps can be complicated depending on the manufacturer. Some poor quality pumps stop working within a few hours of operation. If you have a problem with your battery back-up system check the power supply, load test the battery, and see if you can manually operate the switch. If you haven’t any success, call and schedule an inspection.
The ‘Sump liner’ is simply the bucket that the sump pump sits in. This liner, however, also serves a critical role of regulating how often the sump pump runs. If a sump pump runs (or cycles) too often it can cause premature failure of the most critical part of your system. A properly designed and installed liner can greatly improve the efficiency of any waterproofing system.
Stairs that lead into your basement can collect water. Unless you take action this collection of water can lead to a wet basement.
Stairway drains collect surface water and remove it before it can cause flooding. Proper design and installation assures that while you collect water, you do not risk fouling the all important waterproofing system as an unintended consequence. A professional waterproofer should design and install your stairway drain.
Interior channel grate drains serve as a solution in the event of driving rain or other failure of the basement door. These drains are invaluable as a last line of defense.
Oftentimes stairways allow silt and sediment to wash out under the stairs. This silt and sediment can foul or block drains and even interior waterproofing systems leading to greater water penetration. Soil stabilization involves injection of grouts to stop this movement of soil and protect your valuable drains and waterproofing systems from failure. This technique requires the skill and experience of a professional waterproofer in order to correct one problem without causing another.
Gutters collect water from your roof and direct them into downspouts. Often downspouts ‘dump’ water at the worst possible place, right against your foundation!. Other times downspouts are extended with unsightly pipes above grade that get in the way and look bad. BWN has a solution.
A landscape basin serves to disburse collected water gently without causing additional erosion. These attractive, durable basins serve to remove water away from the critical area around the foundation yet are permanently “out of the way” when it comes to mowing or otherwise using your yard.
Typically it is best to direct the water collected by downspouts a certain distance away from the foundation. Buried lines are often appropriate. Use of the proper materials and installation techniques make this a permanent solution.