What is basement waterproofing?

Simply stated, basement waterproofing is the process of eliminating water and moisture from a basement and putting a system in place to prevent it from entering again.

In Knoxville, unwanted water can enter a basement in a number of ways. It doesn’t need a large opening, in fact, it can come through the pores in a brick.

Water seeks out the path of least resistance, and sometimes that means it will flow where you don’t want it to go. We must determine where the water is coming from, how it is getting there, and prevent it from coming into your basement. Basement waterproofing can make a huge difference in the health of your home.

Common Problems

Let’s take a look at the most common ways unwanted water can enter a basement and cause all sorts of problems.

  • Water may enter a basement through leaking walls. This happens when the wall has even a small crack. Depending on the amount of water,  it may sweat through the surface. Substantial cracks may require foundation repair.
  • Water may be forced under the basement wall if it has no place else to go due to improper draining.
  • Another common basement water problem is when the water seeps into the house from below the floor through a crack. If the water level rises it will make its way into the basement.
  • Water enters the basement from below the footers of the house when the water is not drained away.
  • When water enters a basement and is not removed quickly, mold can begin to grow. Within a very short period of time (48-72 hours) mold begins to colonize and spread. At that point mold remediation will need to be performed.

If you see water on your basement floors, or you can feel moisture on the walls, a problem exists.

Sometimes water intrusion is not as obvious as pooling water or moisture running down the wall. If the basement is humid and smells musty, you may need a professional basement waterproofing company to determine if it is an issue that needs to be repaired.

Bowed walls or walls that have shifted even slightly due to the settling of your home can be an even bigger problem. H2OUT Waterproofing can put in a system to prevent problems like this from happening. Please refer to the Foundation Repair section of our website for more information.

The H2OUT Waterproofing Process

Cleaning the Area

H2OUT Waterproofing begins by removing all the contents from the work area. Stored items such as boxes, bicycles, and other loose items need to be relocated. If the room has any fixed appliances like water heaters, furnaces, or duct work, it will be removed also.

Removing the Water

Water in a basement needs to be removed and kept out. H2OUT Waterproofing installs a drain system in the floor that will pump water out and prevent water from rising through the floor.

Basement Waterproofing: H2OUT Waterproofing Drain System | Trench | Pump

Basement Drain System

We begin by digging a trench in the basement floor next to the wall where water is a problem. Since water flows downhill due to gravity, we dig the trench with a grade so it flows in the direction we want it to go.

A hollow, slotted, drainage pipe, wrapped in mesh fabric to prevent debris from blocking water flow, is installed in the trench to catch and assist the water flow.

When water is coming through a wall, we drill “weep holes” above the home’s footer at the base of the wall allowing the water in the wall cavity to drain out of the wall and into the trench.

Depending on the basement’s structure, the water is removed from the basement through a discharge pipe using gravity flow, or if necessary, the use of a pump. A pop up valve is installed at the end of the discharge pipe to prevent clogging.

Preventing Water Intrusions

Sealed wall and floor drain in basement

Vapor Barrier on Walls and Sealed Floor Drain

A polyurethane resin is applied to any small cracks in the wall and in the case of larger and longer cracks, we apply a carbon fiber strip that bonds to the wall. This process seals the crack and reinforces the wall as well.

To prevent moisture and allergens from reentering the basement, a 10 millimeter thick vapor barrier is installed on and sealed to the wall.

Gravel is placed over and around the drainage system and then covered by concrete. This completes the waterproofing process.

After a brief time to allow the concrete to dry and settle, the items removed from the troubled area may be returned to their original places.

Your new H2OUT Waterproofing treated basement is now complete and free of water.

The H2OUT Waterproofing Difference

Immediately you will notice a drastic change. Moisture levels will be consistent with the rest of your home. Symptoms of odors, mold, and other allergens have been eliminated.

Threats of insects, rodents, and other pests have greatly declined as the wet, rotted and decayed space that they once thrived in has been removed.

You may now enjoy your basement and rest assured that the war against your building’s foundation has been won. H2OUT Waterproofing of Knoxville is your source for basement waterproofing.

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