Houses that are built below the ground level requires the application of basement waterproofing to prevent the water gathering in the soul or anywhere where there is a high water table to enter the basement or the building.This technique requires the application of materials that can be used to seal the surface from allowing water to penetrate, sump dumps, drainage installation etc. Water penetrates a building when there’s a hydrostatic pressure exerted beneath the basement, this pressure then causes water to flow through cracks which forms problems like structural damage, mold or decay. This hydrostatic pressure is caused by the presence of water in the soil. To prevent water from entering a foundation or basement or redirect water that has already entered, we use the following methods: exterior drainage, interior water drainage, foundation crack injections, interior wall and floor sealers, box type waterproofing and exterior water proofing coating. Another factor that causes water to flow into the basement is the type of soil your house id built on. Clay soil absorbs water and it’s the ability of soil to absorb and expand that causes penetration of water into the basement.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing
This is a method that is applied in advance or as a proactive measure against the penetration of water into the basement. It helps to keep the basement dry and safe from damage. It is usually done during the process of building a house, but can also be done after. If you’re experiencing the following problems, then you need our services: cracks, paint peeling, watermarks, efflorescence and fungi mold.
Interior Water Drainage
Interior drainage system is popular known as the basement waterproofing solution to penetration water. It is a common method of draining water that has entered a basement which involves making a channel around the border of the basement and the shallow foundation where a PVC pipe, French drain or a drainage system is fixed. Instead of having your basement filled with water when it rains or when it penetrates, it goes directly to the drainage system which in turn drains it to a sump pump system that takes the water out of the basement. Basement waterproofing will function better if there is a water alarm or standby pump to save you from extreme effects of water overflow.
Foundation Crack Injections
If the concrete foundation of your building is cracked, it is a result of either settlement or contraction and expansion of the concrete due to heat or other environmental factors.in this case, foundation crack injection is applied. There are two categories of foundation crack injections which include: epoxy crack injections or hydrophilic polyurethane injections. Epoxy crack injections are applied to structural problems while hydrophilic polyurethane is a sealant applied on cracks to prevent the inflow of water.
Water Damage Indication
When water penetrates into your basement or building for a very long while, it could result in structural damage. There are signs that form which may not be visible for a while or years in fact, but as the years go by, the signs begin to become evident and obvious. These signs are: peeling paint, efflorescence (white residue on the wall close to the floor), mold, buckling wall, and cracks. if these signs are neglected without any action taken, it could result in serious damage of the building’s structure.