Interior Drainage & Waterproofing – Flooded Basement
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Moisture problems in existing basements are very common, but often are not understood or properly treated. Most basements are connected to the house which means they share the same air. In addition, basements are increasingly used as finished living and bedroom spaces. In these cases, moisture problems are not only annoying and uncomfortable but can lead to significant health problems. Molds and mildew can grow in damp carpets and beneath wall coverings.We are your flooded basement and damp crawlspace provider in Alabama.
Finishing a basement without first dealing with the moisture problems can result in making health conditions worse and lead to significant damage as well. A sealed interior basement waterproofing and drainage system, installed by a professional waterproofing contractor, can keep the moisture and soil gasses from circulating throughout your home.
Why a Sealed Interior Drainage & Waterproofing System?
Sealed interior drain tile systems are one of the most important aspects of residential waterproofing and moisture control. Drain tile systems are also one of the most misunderstood aspects. Because these systems are buried and cannot be easily modified or corrected, it is very important that they are installed correctly.
In many cases, the process of installing a sealed interior drainage and waterproofing system is less expensive and less evasive then exterior waterproofing. A perimeter drainage system will still prevent unsightly water on a basement floor and flooding and if it is sealed, they can turn the basement into valuable living space. Cracked basement walls will need to be injected with epoxy or polyurethane to seal our water. If cracking is significant, an exterior waterproofing system should be installed.
An interior drainage and waterproofing system is not waterproofing. Interior drain systems are water management agents that relieve excess water from around and under your foundation and direct it to your sump pump system.
Interior Drainage & Waterproofing Systems – Below the Slab
The most effective of the interior drainage and waterproofing systems is a perforated drain pipe installed inside the perimeter of the footing. Not only are these the most popular systems, they are also building code approved when installed and sealed correctly. This requires removing and replacing concrete around the slab edge. By placing the drain pipe beneath the slab, it drains the area to a lower level. Similar to an exterior system, this drainage pipe connects to a sump pump system.
The sump basin should have a sealed, airtight, childproof cover. A critical component of this approach is the dimpled plastic sheeting placed at the base of the wall and beneath the slab edge. Dimpled sheeting is similar to a small egg crate and permits free drainage at the base of the wall into the drain pipe. It is less expensive than many specialized drainage channel systems. This sealed system will remove rising groundwater if there is an aggregate layer under the slab.
We are your flooded basement service provider in Alabama. Call today with any questions you may have or to make an appointment.