- Waterproofing is when a foundation sealer is applied to the exterior of your foundation. With new construction it is often applied before the foundation is backfilled, but on older homes it was not always completed. This sealer (usually a tar based sealer) is painted on to the concrete to close and seal up any cracks and holes that may be in the concrete. The process of waterproofing an older foundation involves considerable disruption of the yard surrounding the home, including: Excavation of the soil against the foundation down to the footing. The concrete is then cleaned off. Any larger holes found are filled with hydraulic cement. Once the concrete is clean and dry, the sealer is then applied from the soil grade to the footing. Once the sealer is dry, the soil is placed back against the foundation and graded properly. When having the foundation waterproofed it is also important to have a footing drain to take the water flowing down the foundation away from the house.
- Exterior footing drain(perimeter drain)
- An exterior footing drain is a traditional pipe and stone drain that is run alongside the outside of the footing. This is usually done when a home is being built or when older foundations are sealed. This is to catch any water flowing down the foundation or ground water sitting next to the footing and direct it to an area that can properly absorb the water.
- Interior footing drain (perimeter drain)
- An interior footing drain is similar to an exterior footing drain, but is run along the inside of the footing. Some homes have stone underneath the entire basement floor with pipes along the sides. This pipe is then connected to the exterior drain and directed to an area down gradient that can properly disperse the water.
- Sump pumps
- Sump pump systems are usually installed when there is nowhere to gravity drain the water that collects underneath the basement floor. They are also installed as backups to footing drains in case of a failure to the footing drain outlet pipe. A sump pump system consists of a small basin (12"-30") surrounded in stone that has a pump that lifts the water up and out of the basement. These pumps are controlled by mechanical floats. These systems are a mechanical system and require electricity. Battery backup systems area available in the event of a power outage.
Every yard and home is different and requires site-specific solutions. What solves drainage issues in one yard or home may not be effective in the neighboring yard. Our approach is a simple approach. Water is skinny, slippery, and lazy. We find ways to collect and direct water to create dry, usable yards and prevent basements from leaking and flooding. Let's work together to find a solution for your situation and fit your budget.