Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Many people experience basement leakage and flooding in their home and very few hesitate to fix the problem.
It’s usually as simple as a phone call to your nearest basement waterproofing company and the job is done. Here at Basement Solutions, we aim to educate our customers. Every homeowner should know what is being done to fix their problems so they can be assured that the job is done right.
In a recent exterior basement waterproofing job in Phoenixville, Pa, the homeowner was experiencing leakage into her basement after heavy rains. The owner had a finished basement with a small bedroom, a completed bathroom, and a variety of non-movable items. This set-up presented the perfect opportunity for the exterior drainage system approach.
-To begin the process, we first dug out the dirt around the foundation of the home down to the footer. This reaches approximately seven feet into the ground.
-Once all of the dirt was removed and the wall was cleaned, we applied a tar coating and a rubber membrane . These prevent all moisture from migrating into the wall.
-After this, a drainage board was placed over the membrane. This protects the rubber from back-fill damage when the dirt is put back into the trench.
-Then we installed an exterior drainage system, fastened to the wall with a four-inch perforated pipe by the house footer.
-Before back-filling, we installed felt at the bottom of the trench and up the sides. The pipe is installed and stone is spread around it. Then, felt can be folded over to insure that dirt will not clog the pipe.
-Lastly, we placed a crock well that reached the bottom of the footer to house the pump. That pump drives the water away from the house, keeping the wall and interior space dry.