Waukesha is the seventh-largest community in the state of Wisconsin with a population of nearly 69,000 and it has been recognized numerous times as a great place to live. For example:
Money magazine ranked Waukesha on its 2012 100 Best Places to Live list;
Gibson Guitar Corporation named Waukesha as the site of its “Guitar Town” project for two years running, fitting for the hometown of electric guitar innovator and namesake of one of the most popular electric guitars of all time, Les Paul;
American Promise Alliance, a group founded by Gen. Colin Powell, named Waukesha to its list of 100 Best Communities for Young People.
Accolades are great for any community and Waukesha has had many but life goes on for families there as it does anywhere else. Single family homes predominate among the 27,000 residences in Waukesha and homeowners deal with the problems of home ownership like their counterparts everywhere. Considering that one-third of the homes in Waukesha were built before 1960, homeowners may have more than their share of the maintenance and repair problems that arise as homes age and many have found themselves in need of wet basement waterproofing.
Homes in Waukesha that need wet basement waterproofing are individually evaluated but there are 3 commonly used methods of wet basement waterproofing that solve most problems.
1. Exterior Waterproofing – Masonry walls, especially the concrete block walls common to the Milwaukee area, can seep water through deteriorated mortar joints and porous blocks or brick, while poured concrete walls seep through patches of porous concrete or over the top of the wall. Either foundation can be kept dry by installing an exterior waterproofing membrane, a thick coat of asphalt-modified polyurethane that is applied to the foundation walls with a trowel to form a permanent water barrier.
When ground water is especially high, the membrane can be augmented with exterior drain tile and heavy-duty drainage board that will channel water down to it.
2. Interior Drain Tile – It is common for any basement to experience seepage through cracks in the floor or through the cove joint between wall and floor. This seepage is caused by hydrostatic pressure created by ground water under the foundation. This pressure can be relieved and the seepage stopped by installing interior drain tile, a system of perforated pipe embedded in washed stone below the basement floor. The pipe carries ground water to a sump pump for discharge from the home. When properly installed, interior drain tile never requires maintenance.
3. Crack Repair – The most common source of seepage in a poured concrete foundation is a non-structural crack in the basement wall. The best way to repair such a crack permanently is to inject it with expanding polyurethane to fill and seal the crack all the way to the outside soil. The polyurethane material stays flexible after it cures so that minor foundation movement will not cause the crack to re-open.
When the crack is inaccessible from the inside, the crack can be repaired on the exterior using sodium bentonite clay. A small hole is excavated at the site of the crack and filled with the granular clay. The sodium bentonite absorbs water from the soil and forms a pliable, permanent barrier against water on the “positive side” of the foundation wall.
No matter what the source of water or the recommended repair, a Waukesha homeowner in need of wet basement waterproofing requires the advice and services of an experienced basement waterproofing contractor. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been keeping basements dry around Chicago and southeastern Wisconsin for decades; we have more than 300,000 satisfied customers to testify to our service. Why not ask for our free advice?
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