A professionally installed basement waterproofing system is effective in keeping water from entering your basement
There are a variety of components to a complete basement waterproofing system…
- Interior Basement Drainage
- Exterior Waterproofing
- Battery Backups
- Sump Pumps
Where Your Basement Leaks
Floor & Wall Joints
The floor/wall joint area is where the foundation wall meets the basement floor. This area is also known as the cold joint, it is the most common entry source of water entering a basement. The water comes in from the outside over the footing and under the foundation wall and up through the intersection where the basement floor and foundation wall meet. This type of wall seepage is seen most of the time when it rains. If you have 3 to 4” or more of water in your basement, the source of the water is most likely from the floor/wall joint.
Water enters the basement through visible cracks, breaks or seams. Concrete does not “leak” unless there is a visible floor crack in the poured floor. The water can enter from underneath the slab floor, through the visible cracks.
Bulkheads & Basement Windows
Basement windows can be below the grade of the lawn. Rain runoff can penetrate windows and leak down the wall onto the floor.
It is not uncommon for some homes to have an entrance into the basement from the outside yard. It is typical in this case to build three walls protruding from the primary foundation wall and installing stairs to and from the basement as well as a cover for access. This area can be a large source of water entrance. There are many different types of bulkheads and bulkhead styles and the best solution for water entering is to stop the water from getting onto the floor of the basement.
Wall Cracks & Sill Plates
As foundations settle the walls can crack and leak in water from what is called the “bowl effect” most homes have.
This is the section of where the wood framing sits on top of the foundation wall. This area can let water enter depending on the grade of the lawn. If a house is located at the base of a hill, water will flow down and pool at the foundation. If this happens, water can come in over the foundation wall and underneath the sill plate.
In leaking basements we use a patented system called Water Trek Aqua Route®. This is a unique system that can be tailored to each basement water problem and footing configuration under the floor. It addresses water from both sides of the footing and is able to be installed in any soil or sub-floor situation. We also use the Water Grabber which is the heart and lungs of our Water Trek Aqua Route® perimeter system. The Water Grabber consists of a drilled polyethylene basin with a split or solid lid.Historically, a sump pump is located on a straight wall or in a corner. Doesn’t it make sense to install a sump pump that fits snugly and attractively in your basement… and emulates a “flat floor” building product look? – not a sump pump! We use 3/4″ gravel to surround the basin and help filter the water. The pumping device is a 1/3, 1/2 or 3/4 H.P. cast iron pump rated at approximately 3,000 – 4,200 gallons per hour and will pump up to 1 /2″ solids. Our Water Grabbers also feature a special rubber fitting called the Silencer™ to muffle the already quiet pump. Trust your home to a leading name in basement waterproofing…Story Basement Technologies.
Story Basement Technologies routinely installs waterproofing systems in finished and unfinished basements, and we are part of the fastest growing basement waterproofing network in the world.
The Water Trek Aqua Route® basement waterproofing systems is simply one of the most effective systems on the market today. The Water Trek Aqua Route® is patented and we feel is the best product available. Independent and company research testing prove that basement water threatens the entry to the living space from in front of the footing, as well as from the footing/foundation wall seam. The Water Trek Aqua Route® conduit has slots on both sides to accommodate both problems areas.
Identifying the footing configuration in relation to the floor (slab) and the foundation wall is the key to installing a waterproofing system that will last for the life of your home. Our fully trained Technicians at Story basement Technologies play a critical role in ensuring that your basement stays dry forever. Your home is your most valuable asset. Our team at Story Basement Technologies is ready to address and solve any sub floor problem with an effective basement waterproofing system for your home.
Floor drains are uniquely adaptable and can accommodate most footing configurations. A properly installed floor drain system delivers peace of mind and a permanent solution to your water problem. They are a cost-effective solution for commercial and industrial buildings and can be retro-fitted into your floor.
To find out more, call Story Basement Technologies at 1-844-4-WETBASE (1-844-493-8227) or (231)269-3233.