Wet Basement Why?
July 16th, 2015
To answer that question, let’s first look at conventional wet basement waterproofing and how it is supposed to work.
If you imagine how a basement is first built, when the plans are drawn up, the following happens; the contractors dig a hole in the ground. Next, the foundation is laid out. Next, the walls of the basement are built by typically pouring concrete. Finally, the rest of the house is built on the foundation.
The most important point is the first one in the list above – the foundation, that great big hole in the ground. When the walls of the basement are built, there is always a gap left outside the walls, which needs to be filled. Typically, this void will get filled with loose backfill. Here in lies the problem, water will look for the path of least resistance, and since you have only a huge pile of loose backfill, it will still be able to run down to the bottom, no matter how well it has been compacted. Since the water now has nowhere else to go, it will continue to seep into this area.
The basic basement waterproofing provides some form of drainage pipe for the water to drain away, but the problem with this method is that often these pipes can often get clogged with silt. When these pipes get filled with silt the system can overload and cause a lot of water pressure against the outside walls of the basement. So while the walls of the basement may be waterproofed in some way, water, as you probably already know, can find a way to get through the tiniest of gaps.
This type of problem does not usually go away because the pipes that are supposed to take away the excess water gradually worsen over time. The lack of access to these pipes is a huge oversight.
A Pressure Relief System basement waterproofing system, works by getting rid of the water pressure on the walls and the hydrostatic pressure from the floor. Water is controlled, collected and allowed to flow through the pressure relief system to a sump pump where the water is pumped away from the property.
When a good basement waterproofing system is installed it will:
• Basement waterproofing your home will improve the value and salability.
• The basement waterproofing job will be a permanent solution.
• Basement waterproofing will not typically disturb decks, driveways, patios, landscaping, driveways, etc.
• Drain tile basement waterproofing will often be substantially cheaper than other basement waterproofing methods.
Choose a professional and experienced basement waterproofing contractor when protecting your home. Remember, it is economically foolish not to waterproof, because the increased value from waterproofing will definitely exceed the cost of the basement waterproofing project itself. Look at basement waterproofing not as an expense but as an investment in the value of your home.