If you are experiencing basement leaks or flooding, it is important to understand the cause of the issue. When you call a professional to assess the damage or the cause of the issue, it can be difficult to decipher what they are describing. Water proofing is complicated, that’s why homeowners can benefit from knowing some of the language used in the industry.

StayDry® Waterproofing specializes in services that can repair homes with water damage and protect them from damage in the future. We understand the importance of addressing leaks and aim to provide homeowners with high-quality services and education that protects them from issues. With that said, here is a look at some of the common language used in waterproofing.

Describing The Damage and Source of Leak

When a contractor visits your home to inspect the damage, they’ll soon start to inform you on the cause of the leaks. With some definitions, you’ll be able to determine what the contractor is describing. Here is a look at some waterproofing words and their definitions:

  • Bowing Walls: When the walls of your foundation begin to bend.
  • Cold Joint: The intersection of two different poured concretes.
  • Condensation: Moisture that is exposed to something colder (air or other materials) that is then converted into small water droplets.
  • Cove: Joints between floors and walls.
  • Discharge Line: These lines direct water away from a sump pump.
  • Downspout: Pipe that diverts water from rain gutters away from the foundation of a home.
  • Drain Tile: Tubing placed near the footing level of a basement to prevent water accumulation.
  • Lateral Pressure: Pressure in the soil caused by excessive water.

Understanding the Recommended Service

After a contractor describes the damage, they start recommending solutions to repair the damage. Here is a look at some of the services they often recommend to fix an issue:

  • Sump Pumps: A submersible pump that is used to pump water away from a home.
  • Crack Injections: Typically use a polyurethane material designed to keep water from penetrating walls, floors, and any basement cracks.
  • French Drain: A drain placed in your basement to send water away from your home.
  • Mold Removal: Remove the mold that is producing harmful pathogens that spread through the air.
  • Above-Grade Waterproofing: This process is used for above-ground basements to prevent water accumulation and dampness.

Contact StayDry® For Waterproofing Services

If you have noticed any water or moisture in your basement, it is important to get these issues addressed as soon as possible. StayDry® Waterproofing can inspect your home and determine the perfect service to keep your home safe and dry. Homeowners can get a free estimate today by clicking here or giving us a call at 800.782.9379!