Affordable Basement Solutions for Your Home Basement Waterproofing
If your home has seepage, mold, or water problems during heavy rain Basement Foundation Repair & Waterproofing can find a permanent solution to your water problems. Through our extensive experience with hundreds of projects, we know what solutions will work to alleviate your problems.
Interior Drainage - Interior drainage systems are a way to capture water at the point of entry and direct it away from your foundation. We can install a drainage system along the inside of your basement walls which will eliminate leaks, standing water and high humidity levels that can lead to mold.
Cracks - How do you know if those cracks in your foundation are just aesthetic or if they are a sign of a major foundation problem? We are experts at assessing cracks and their origins. Cracks don't always mean a major construction project. Frequently we can epoxy the crack and then track it for any changes or movement. By becoming familiar with your property and charting movement progression, we can create a solution that best fits the overall source of the problem.
Sump Pumps - If water leakage and drainage are a concern on your property, we can assess your sump pump requirements, install a system including a back-up and alarm and provide yearly sump pump maintenance and repair. Included in our installation plan are a full warranty, freeze stop installation, burying discharge lines and full safety inspections.
Finished basement? No problem! We can install our exterior waterproofing system along the outside of the wall. We excavate soil down to the foundation footing, wash wall of debris, patch all cracks with our signature sealer, install thick walled membrane sheeting and a Styrofoam protection board, along with an extensive amount of gravel for drainage. This approach, coupled with maintaining proper grading around the structure, will give you peace of mind that will last a lifetime.
Basement Wall Reinforcement
Basement Walls Bowing? Horizontal/Diagonal Cracks?
What Causes Basement Wall Failure?
Answer: Improper Drainage
Poor slope or drainage around a building causes surface water to drain away slowly, thereby increasing water infiltration next to the foundation. Increased soil moisture conditions increase hydrostatic (water) pressures on basement walls. If the combined hydrostatic pressure and pressure exerted by the surrounding soil on the wall exceed the wall's design capacity, the wall will crack, bow, lean, or shear.
Clay soils are considered expansive when they have the capacity for extreme volume changes with fluctuations in water content. Expansive clays swell when wet and shrink when dry. Expansive, swelling clays against basement walls can exert lateral pressures on the walls of the magnitude of several tons per square foot.
Foundation Wall Cracks
Foundation wall cracks can worsen if they're left untreated, especially in the case of cinder block wall foundations. Any crack or opening in the foundation can become a passageway for water to enter the home. Additionally, because the foundation wall is literally cracked through, the gap will continue to worsen as the walls move and become influenced by pressure from outside the walls. One crack in the foundation walls will lead to another and no crack will ever improve on its own. All cracks should be repaired if they're allowing water through, and even a hairline crack can be evidence of a larger problem and should be inspected by a professional immediately.
Horizontal Foundation Wall Cracks
Horizontal foundation wall cracks are potentially very serious problems that can sometimes lead to the complete failure of the foundation walls. These cracks occur when pressure builds against the side walls and forces them inward. Given time, this pressure can snap the walls, creating an enormous and devastating problem. If you detect any crack, call Affordable Basement Solutions for a free foundation repair estimate. Many options are available for foundation problems such as wall anchors and crawl space support beams that will competently repair your wall, contribute strength, and help prevent the inward movement of the walls, redistributing the weight to where the load can be better handled.
Basement Foundation Settlement
Foundation and Structural Repair - Foundational movement can be caused by many different circumstances (i.e. building on expansive clay, improperly compacted fill soils, improper maintenance, grading around the structure, or even the weather). Whatever the cause, settlement can destroy the value of structures and even render them unsafe.
Settlement/Piering - Foundation settlement occurs for a variety of reasons including foundation erosion, soil compaction and other soil issues, and water table problems. Foundation underpinning, steel piers, helical piers, and support brackets or are all used to solve these foundation problems.
Basement Foundation Drainage
If your foundation stands in the way of the natural path of water, it's going to build up against the foundation. As the soil around the house settles, the backfill soil begins to dip lower than the virgin soil. Water will then find the lowest point and that will be your basement.
Exterior footing drains are designed to handle this water. However, drains can easily become clogged which causes the backfill to become saturated. This added weight creates an enormous amount of force on the walls. Properly designed and constructed footing and foundation walls are often strong enough to hold up for many years. However, the combined pressures of gravity, soil swelling with water, freezing and thawing, hydrostatic pressure, and tree roots, among other forces, are all working together to break through. Sooner or later, a crack will form, a seal will break, or something else will give way.
How do I get rid of all this water?
When you have a footing drain installed, it generally drains to either a storm sewer, sump pump, or to the surface.
Downspout & Drain Tile
On Poured Wall Foundations
One of the potentially effective repair procedures is to inject epoxy under pressure into the cracks. The injection procedure will vary, subject to the application and location of the crack(s), with horizontal, vertical, and overhead cracks requiring somewhat different approaches. The approach used must also consider accessibility to the cracked surface and the size of the crack.
Cracks can be injected from one or both sides of a concrete member. If access is limited to only one side, installation procedures may include variations in epoxy viscosity's, injection equipment, injection pressure, and port spacing to ensure full penetration of epoxy into the crack.
Depending on the specific requirements of the job, crack repair by epoxy injection can restore structural integrity and reduce moisture penetration through concrete cracks 0.002 in. (0.05 mm) in width and greater. However, before any concrete repair is carried out, the cause of the damage must be assessed and corrected and the objective of the repair understood. If the crack is subject to subsequent movement, an epoxy repair may not be applicable.