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Understanding Basement Waterproofing

August 10, 2017

Your basement or crawlspace is an important asset to your home. It's important to maintain it properly by considering waterproofing. 


If you think about how a basement is first built, when the plans are drawn up, the following happens; the contractors dig a hole in the ground. Then, the foundation is laid out. Then, the walls of the basement are built by typically pouring concrete. Finally, the rest of the house is built on the foundation. The most important step is the first step on the list above – the foundation. When the walls of the basement are built, there is always a gap left outside the walls. Typically, this void will get filled with loose backfill. Here in lies the problem, water will look for the path of least resistance, and since you have only a huge pile of loose backfill, it will still be able to run down to the bottom, no matter how well it has been compacted. Since the water now has nowhere else to go, it will continue to seep into this area.


A drain tile basement waterproofing system, works by getting rid of the water pressure on the walls. Water is controlled, collected and allowed to flow through hidden drainage channels either to natural drainage or to a sump pump where the water is pumped away from the property. Drain tile basement waterproofing systems are said to be a better system because they are installed internally, have easy access ports for removing any silt and can be applied to basements where traditional tanking or other methods have failed but with minimal disturbance to the original basement.



The Benefits of Basement Waterproofing:

  • Basement waterproofing your home WILL improve the value.

  • The basement waterproofing job will usually be a permanent solution.

  • Basement waterproofing will not typically disturb decks, driveways, patios, landscaping, driveways, etc.

  • Drain tile basement waterproofing will often be substantially cheaper than other basement waterproofing methods.

  • Having a dry basement will prevent mold growth, benefiting your health. 

Contact the professionals at Construction Solutions 911.

Choose a professional and experienced basement waterproofing contractor when protecting your home. Remember, it is economically foolish not to waterproof, because the increased value from waterproofing will definitely exceed the cost of the basement waterproofing project itself. Look at basement waterproofing not as an expense but as an investment in the value of your home.

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