All masonry foundations—whether they’re block, brick or stone—are constructed using mortar to hold the individual masonry units in place. Over time, mortar can deteriorate, allowing water to seep through the open joints and into your building. Sometimes, the masonry itself is also porous which can lead to basement seepage problems.
The problem can be addressed from the exterior or from the interior with an Interior Drain Tile System. Our Basement Advisor will be happy to discuss with you the advantages of both systems.
Concrete block walls can also bow inward due to pressure from the surrounding earth. Left alone, bowed walls can lead to potentially serious structural problems.
Sometimes it is impractical or undesirable to waterproof a basement from the interior. Common examples include seepage over the top of the foundation, porous concrete walls or instances where the basement is highly finished. Exterior waterproofing membranes address the problem from the “positive side” by excavating and applying a coating to the foundation wall. Depending on the situation, it also may involve adding a perforated drain pipe surrounded with washed stone at the base of the trench to get rid of the excess water.
Potential obstructions such as additions, garages and decks need to be taken into consideration. We can remove items such as concrete, asphalt and pavers. In most instances, digging is done by hand to minimize disruption to landscape.
Interior Drain Tile is most commonly recommended to address seepage through the cove joint (where the floor and wall meet) or through floor cracks. It is also commonly used as a complete solution to control and prevent just about any type of seepage. The procedure involves opening the floor along the perimeter foundation wall(s) and installing a perforated drain pipe surrounded with washed gravel at the base of the wall. The system collects water from multiple sources and empties it into a sump pump.
Our Forever Flow Drain Tile System is unique in that it doesn’t require maintenance and comes with a transferable lifetime warranty to the homeowner.
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