Many foundation repair companies waterproof basements…who can you trust?

Many foundation repair companies waterproof basements and it may be difficult to determine who you can trust.  If you have interviewed basement waterproofing companies you likely have a difference of opinions and solutions which confuse your decision making process.

People often ask what the best way to waterproof basements is and the answer is really more complicated that it seems like it should be.  If someone is looking to solve their leak in basement or wet basement mold for example it will depend on what the real problem is.  If the original exterior basement waterproofing system is bad and there are wet basement walls then the best way to waterproofing basements like that would be exterior basement waterproofing to restore the seal and stop penetration.

If the basement water leaks are through the floor or up through seams where the basement walls meet the floor the best way may be an interior basement waterproofing system to prevent the build up of ground water around the foundation from underneath.

It is important to have a thorough inspection by a reputable basement waterproofing contractor who offers all basement systems and can recommend the best solution as well as some alternatives that may better fit your budget and goals for the home.

Visit your local BBB website and look at the complaint history before hiring a  basement waterproofing contractor and if you are a member review reports on Angie’s list.

For a no obligation from a full service basement waterproofing company in the Akron, Canton, Medina, Kent and surrounding areas call Pioneer Basement Solutions at 1-877-321-4889

Waterproofing basement walls in Ohio

If you have wet basement walls you have likely looked at a can of waterproofing paint for waterproofing basement walls.  There are a few ways to waterproof basement walls and defining the term “waterproof” is good place to start.

Building codes require “damp proofing” not “waterproofing” for basement foundations.  Damp proofing involves a coating on the foundation below the soil line with footer drains to carry water away from the foundation.  Any new home warranty will clearly state that dampness is normal and not covered under the warranty, only actual water seepage is covered.

So, if you want  waterproofing basement walls you will need to install actual waterproof materials to the outside of the basement wall via exterior basement waterproofing methods.  This involves fully excavating your foundation to the bottom and installing a waterproof membrane, like a swimming pool liner in reverse, to your basement foundation. 

If that is not in the budget or not feasible, such as you have a patio or something outside the foundation you do not want to remove, you may need to consider interior basement waterproofing which is more like water control.  Installing interior basement waterproofing will give you a dry basement because it stops water from building up in your basement walls and around your foundation.  Waterproofing paint acts like a dam that allows water to build up in your foundation.  This will cause damage over time due to the soaking and rotting from the inside out that can occur.  

Many basement waterproofing companies offer a panelled system for waterproofing basement walls that will tie to the interior basement waterproofing underneath you basement floor.  This gives you a maintenance free dry basement wall surface and it protects your foundation from water build up that is caused by waterproofing paint.

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The right way to waterproof basements


People often ask me what is the right way to waterproof basements and it is out of a response to the different basement systems available; which all claim they will solve your basement water leaks once and for all.

The answer to the question is not so easy because it is situational.  Although most companies that waterproof basements take a one size fits all basement systems approach and they will stop the presence of water in your basement, the one size fits all solution will only be the best solution if the cause of  basement water leaks and results are a match to the specific basement solutions.

To make it simple, there are two types of water that cause a leak in basement and they are surface water and ground water.  Surface water problems will result in wet basement walls up high or mid wall and very little if any dampness at the bottoms of the basement walls.  This type of issue will come on very quickly after a rain and stop very quickly after the rain has stopped.  The best way to fix surface water problems that result in wet basement walls is exterior basement waterproofing.  Having new exterior basement waterproofing installed will ensure a dry foundation wall.

If you have water seepage coming out at the bottom of your basement walls and or heaved basement floor cracks you have a ground water problem.  In this case you will not likely see a leak in basement after a normal rain that passes by in a couple hours.  You would need a heavy rain and maybe one that lasts awhile.  The leak will not start right away either.  This is because it takes some time for the ground water to build up around the foundation.  Installing interior basement waterproofing will stop this problem dead in its tracks by draining the water away from underneath your basement before it is allowed to build up.  Digging and sealing the walls on the outside will not guarantee a dry basement wall just as installing  interior basement waterproofing will not guarantee dry basement walls if nothing is done to address the walls.

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