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Wet Basement Repairs

Dealing with water in a basement is a four step approach.  

  1. You have to control surface water.  This is done by controlling the water that comes from your roof through proper eaves-troughs and downspouts diverting water far enough away from the foundation wall.  In addition, you want to make sure you have positive slope away from your house so that the water that does go near the house will run away from the foundation wall.  
  2. It is important to have functional exterior weeping tiles.  This weeping tile pipe is used to divert all the water that saturates the ground outside of the house so that the water doesn't pool close to the foundation wall where it will eventually go through some weak point in the foundation.  
  3. A cracked foundation wall needs to be covered with a waterproofing system.  Over the years your foundation wall will often develop cracks which will allow water to penetrate through.  The water that seeps through could then freeze and contract in the colder months causing the crack to worsen.  When replacing the outside weeping tile, it is a good idea to waterproof the foundation wall while the wall is completely exposed.  
  4. Even after addressing #1-3 you may still find water in your basement, a phenomenon known as "hydro-static pressure".  Sometimes water stays under your basement floor and with the weight of the cement floor the pressure forces the water to come through either a crack in the floor, around a floor drain or through the cove joint (where the basement floor sits on the footing).  If you encounter hydro-static pressure, you need to install an interior weeping tile system which surrounds the perimeter of the basement floor and is then connected to a sump pump which pumps the water out and away from your house.