Chronic Wet Basement? Flood Proof with Nichols/GroutTech

Chronic Wet Basement Waterproofing from Grout Tech

Alabama is no stranger to harsh storms and heavy rains. For this reason, many homes in the area may suffer from chronic dampness and puddles in the basement or crawlspace. However, the wetness in your basement is not always the result of weather alone. Even in times when precipitation is at normal levels, many homeowners suffer from wet basements.

What causes damp and wet basements in Alabama homes?

In many cases, it is actually poor drainage systems or foundation problems that cause basement water problems. Your wet basement could be caused by foundation cracks, poor exterior drainage, faulty interior drainage, saturated soil, or blocked gutters.

It is vital to the health of your family and your home that you have your wet basement fixed right away. If you neglect the dampness in your basement, it could lead to:

  • Mold and Mildew Growth: Chronic Wet Basements ALMold and mildew spores often causes respiratory and other health issues.
  • High Humidity: This can bring on allergies and asthma attacks and warp wooden furniture.
  • Water Puddles: Pooling water can deteriorate concrete and weaken the foundation of your home.
  • Water Damage: Water in the basement can damage possessions stored there and can also damage the structure of your home.
  • Wet Insulation: Water seepage and wet basements can also cause the insulation in your basement walls to become soaked.

These are only a few of the problems that can be caused by wet basements. Fortunately, they can all be repaired with waterproofing and prevention techniques from Grout Tech.

How to Fix a Chronic Wet Basement with Grout Tech

Solutions for Wet Basements in AlabamaThe first method is to utilize surface drainage systems. Make sure that your gutters are cleaned out and that your downspout extensions drain away from the house. Check the grading (the slope of the yard) around your home as well. If the land around the home does not slope away from the foundation, water will pool near the concrete and collect in the basement, causing a wet basement.

Proper drainage systems are the next step in protecting your home from basement water. Exterior drainage including buried drainpipes can help keep groundwater away from your foundation. Interior drainage systems such as a sump pit ad sump pit can also reduce basement water. The sump pit collects basement water and the sump pit removes it from the home.

Another important component in basement water prevention is your plumbing. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks in your home. Backwater valves are a good addition to your sewage and even sump pump systems. These valves keep water that is being pumped out from flowing back into the home.

Also important if you experience regular basement water is flood insurance. If your home is prone to flooding, it is important to make sure your home is properly insured. Most homeowners insurance does not include flood insurance, so if this is something that you want, you must check into this yourself.

Nichols/Grout Tech specializes in basement waterproofing techniques of all kinds. If you have a wet basement in Alabama, call us today. We even offer free quotes!

Alabama Waterproofing Solutions

Waterproofing Solutions for Your Alabama Home

Don’t let a wet basement cause you to lose living space or personal possessions. A wet Waterproofing solutions in Alabama by Nichols/Grout Techbasement can promote the growth of mold and mildew which can cause health issues to you and your family.

Alabama has a shallow rock bed, high water table and clay soil. All of these factors contribute to water entering the basement through any opening it can find. This includes cracks in floors, walls and joints. The obvious sign that you are in need of basement or crawlspace waterproofing is standing water. However, there are other, not so obvious signs that you may be in need of waterproofing. Some of these are:

  • Condensation – damp walls, dripping pipes, rusty hardware
  • Humidity – excess humidity in the air
  • Seepage – dampness on walls or floors
  • Leaks – water trickling from a wall or floor
  • Subterranean water – a thin, barely noticeable layer of water on the basement floor

Don’t let a small water problem turn into an even larger problem. Let the professionals at Grout Tech inspect your home and offer you the best solution for your waterproofing needs.

Grout Tech offers surface drainage, interior drainage, exterior drainage and sump pump systems.

Surface drainage consists of a channel drains, conventional drains, catch basins, drain pipe and water discharge emitters. All of these surface drainage products will keep the water flowing away from the foundation.

Interior drainage consists of installing a perforated drainage pipe along the interior footing of the basement and then is connected to a sump pump system. By installing the drain pipe below the slab, it will drain the water to a lower level.

Exterior drainageExterior drainage system in Alabama by Nichols/Grout Tech systems consists of installing a drainage pipe along the exterior of the foundation. This pipe is connected to a sump pump system to keep the water from pooling around the foundation. Stopping the water from collecting around the exterior of the foundation will prevent the water from ever entering the basement.

Grout Tech installs sump pump systems that includes the sump pit and the pump itself along with battery back up sump pumps. The pumps Grout Tech installs has a high quality switch mechanism that won’t fail. We install dual switches to provide redundancy in the case of switch failure.

All of the waterproofing products we install are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of waterproofing products in the industry. ECP waterproofing products will stand the test of time and last longer than builder’s grade waterproofing products.

 Alabama Waterproofing

If you live in Alabama, your basement may be in need of waterproofing. Nichols/Grout Tech has the solution for you. We have been in business since 1981. We serve the entire state of Alabama along with Southwest Georgia, Florida Panhandle, Mississippi and Tennessee. Among the cities that we service in Alabama include:

If you are in need of basement waterproofing in Alabama, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Nichols/Grout Tech. We have the experience and use only the best products available for waterproofing. You can be assured that after the waterproofing solution is installed, you won’t have to worry about water entering your basement again. Don’t hesitate, contact us today!



Landscape Drainage in Alabama

Grout Tech Offers Solutions for Landscape Drainage in Alabama Landscape Drainage Alabama

Many people take a lot of pride in their Alabama yards. Whether it be in Birmingham, at a historic old home surrounded by a beautiful yard, or a Montgomery home that is new construction, that has just had beautiful landscaping put in, keeping that yard looking beautiful can be a huge task. There is something that Grout Tech can do to help. We offer landscaping drainage, or exterior drainage as part of our basement waterproofing solutions for our service area, including all of Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Southwest Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Keep Your Yard Looking Great with Alabama Landscaping Drainage

Landscape Drainage Alabama

One thing you will find if you have new construction is that contractors will use “damp proofing” methods, which aren’t nearly as good as waterproofing. There is a big difference. One big thing Grout Tech can help you do is install a drainage system that can work in conjunction with sump pumps and interior drainage. We can install a drain pipe system that will ensure the flow of water will find the path of least resistance, out to the street, and away from your yard and your foundation. A wet foundation likely means a wet basement, and that is something you definitely do not want.

We can install proper drains, gutters, downspouts to keep rain runoff away from your yard and foundation as well. This is huge step in making sure your yard is protected from excess rain and water. We can also help you with rain collection. This is a huge deal. If you like to water your yard, but hate to pay extra for it, you can utilize collected rain water to keep your yard looking great. We can assist with a collection basin to collect rain water. This is just an extra landscaping drainage step that can really be a benefit to your Alabama home.

Landscape Drainage in Alabama

Rainwater needs to be carried through a solid drainpipe to a dry well. These used to be metal barrels, but they would rust out. Today we have recycled plastic dry wells that are easy to handle and work efficiently to resolve many drainage problems. We can also handle the sump pump drainage to make sure that it works into your landscaping drainage system so that there is no back up into the sump pump in your home. Most importantly, we will make sure your surface drainage is all setup properly. Without proper surface drainage the rest of your system isn’t going to do what it needs to do.

Every yard is completely different. It is as different as the landscaping is from one yard to the next. What we can do at Grout Tech is take stock of what challenges your yard and foundation might present, and come up with a landscaping drainage plan that fits your needs. If you want, we can also setup a complete basement waterproofing solution for your home. You won’t experience water in your basement or crawlspace, and with our exterior drainage and landscaping drainage, your yard will be beautiful too. So call the team at Grout Tech and let us help you protect your home and keep it looking beautiful!



Wet Basement Solutions for Homeowners

Wet Basement Alabama

A wet basement is a huge problem for many homeowners. If you have excess water in your basement, it could pose a serious threat to you and your family: it could cause mold to enter the air, creating a health hazard for you and your family; it could damage your personal possessions; and it could lower the value of your home. Fortunately, Grout Tech offers many great solutions for all of your wet basement Alabama issues.

Wet Basement Alabama, Wet Basement Birmingham There are many things that can cause a wet basement or crawlspace: foundation issues (such as a sinking or settling foundation), an improperly functioning component in the exterior, interior, or surface drainage system, a sump pump that needs replaced or upgraded, etc. Fortunately, all of services and products are provided by the professional team at Grout Tech. By looking at the different drainage systems in your home and fixing any problems that are found there, we can help you get on your way to a dry, safe basement.

 Wet Basement Alabama Solutions from Grout Tech

The first step in waterproofing your home is to make sure you have a good surface drainage system. This means installing properly working gutters and downspouts, and a drainpipe system that will direct collected water away from the foundation. The ground around the home should also be graded or angled downward enough that rainwater will runoff correctly, instead of collecting near the base of your home.

A sealed interior drainage system will also help keep your home dry and mold-free. Grout Tech offers sealed interior drainage systems as well as quality sump pump and sump pit systems from ECP, a reliable provider of waterproofing and foundation repair products.

For the exterior drainage system to be properly waterproofed, the foundation walls should be cleaned and coated with waterproofing material. Then a properly sloped drain pipe system should be installed to carry the water away from the home. Finally, the drain pipe should be covered with clean rock and clay soil that will force water away and discourage erosion.

Grout Tech is able to install and repair all of the systems necessary to keep your home safe and dry. For all of your wet basement Birmingham needs, contact us today.