Hamilton and Burlington basements are unique and sometimes imperfect concrete structures built in all kinds of different types of soil. Because of this, water has been leaking into basements and causing a variety of problems for homeowners for decades.
Water will find a way into the basement through the walls, floors, and joints between them, and everywhere in between. To solve the wet basement problem, contractors and engineers have developed a wide variety of methods in an attempt to keep basements dry. Truth be told, some of these methods are more effective than others.
One of the best solutions is to install a sub-floor drainage system around the perimeter of the floor. There are a few challenges to this solution, however.
One is to prevent the drain from getting clogged by mud as time goes on. Many homeowners go years without a water problem and then develop one because of existing sub-floor and sub-surface drains clogging with mud. Another great solution is to set up the system to accept water from the walls without leaving a large unsightly gap at the edge of the floor that can collect dirt and debris from the floor, also clogging the drain.
In the video above, this older home in Burlington was a great example of choosing an interior waterproofing vs an exterior waterproofing one. Original thoughts were to install an external waterproofing system but the extra rebuild costs involved put the amount well over budget. After punching thru the concrete in the basement floor it was discovered that a high amount of groundwater made the interior drainage system choice a smarter way to go. A hybrid internal membrane system was installed to allow these old foundation walls to breathe so moisture can escape thus preventing it from deteriorating further.
Did you know that sealed interior drain tile systems are one of the most important aspects of residential waterproofing and moisture control? Drain tile systems are also one of the most complicated and misunderstood aspects when it comes to drainage systems. Since these systems are buried and cannot be easily changed or corrected, installing them correctly becomes very important. Which is why you want to choose a waterproofing contractor you can trust.
In many cases the process of installing a sealed interior drainage system is less expensive and less evasive then exterior waterproofing. A perimeter drainage system will still prevent unsightly water on a basement floor and flooding and if it is sealed, they can turn a basement into valuable living space. Cracked basement walls will need to be injected with epoxy or polyurethane to seal our water. If cracking is significant, an exterior waterproofing system should be installed.
The truth is that an interior waterproofing drainage system is not actually waterproofing. Interior drain systems are water management agents that relieve excess water from around and under your foundation and direct it to your sump pump system, and now you know.
An internal waterproofing drainage system is being installed in a home in East Hamilton to stop the water from running onto the floor. Water is settling in the bottom row of blocks as a result of no drainage system on the outside and slowly making its way into the home.
We use code compliant and effective methods to keep your basement dry, safe and comfortable for all.
Using innovative “state of the art” products is what guarantee’s our success. Given the opportunity, we will properly repair your basement so it stays dry for many years to come. To learn more about our guaranteed internal waterproofing process click here and you will be guided to our foundation repair page. If you want us to inspect your foundation and provide you with a formal proposal click here or call 289-880-7988 to schedule an appointment.