Basements are more likely to become flooded than any other part of the home because they rest underneath the ground. The closer your home is to the water table level, the more at risk your home is to flooding. Water can get into the home in a number of different ways. Cracks are inevitable in concrete structures, like the foundation of a home, and can allow water to seep into the house. If your home is at risk for flooding because of cracks or the proximity to the water table level, StayDry can help you waterproof your home from the outside to prevent any further damage.
Exterior basement waterproofing is one of the most efficient ways to prevent excessive water damage to your basement by providing an impenetrable water barrier along the outside of your home’s foundation. Interior French drain pipe systems, along with a sump pump, can be installed in addition to our exterior basement waterproofing system to ensure water is properly drained away from the home.
The first step to installing this waterproofing system is to expose the exterior of the foundation by digging a trench along the outside of the home. Once the outside of the foundation has been cleaned of dirt and loose mortar or cement, an exterior drain pipe system is laid along the bottom to ensure proper drainage away from the home. We then apply a mastic tar adhesive and sealant to provide an impermeable waterproofing layer to the foundation. Finally, we apply a layer of our fiber reinforced Flexi-Seal vapor barrier to the foundation and install the insulated foam board backing as well. The only thing left to do is to fill the trench and cover the exterior basement waterproofing system with dirt.
If your home is at risk for moderate to severe flooding, our exterior basement waterproofing system can be beneficial to you and your home. In addition to damage to your possessions, like furniture and clothing, flooding can also cause a great deal of damage to your home. Since concrete is porous, water is able to seep into it and cause it to crack and crumble. This can cause your foundation to lose some of its strength and put your home at risk for collapse.
Wood and drywall can become soft and even rot when exposed to excessive amounts of water. If these support structures are damaged, walls and ceilings are at risk of collapsing. Mold damage is also common after a flood and cause many potential health effects including respiratory problems and fungal infections. These health effects are increased in children, seniors, and persons with compromised immune systems.
If your basement has flooded or is in risk of flooding and is need of our exterior basement waterproofing services or any of the other services we offer, you can contact us here or call us at 800.782.9379.