Water can easily seep into your basement through foundation walls, cracks, and floors. Basements are made up of porous concrete, blocks, or stone, all of which allow moisture to leak into your basement. Water in the soil around the foundation penetrates through the foundation walls and into your basement. Over the years, contractors and engineers have developed a wide variety of methods to keep basements dry. Some of these methods are more effective than others. With our years of experience, Kutz Service Plus has found the right solution to fix your wet basement and keep it dry all the time. Installing the Basement drainage system is the most effective approach to keeping your basement dry all the time.
Other ways to fix a wet basement:
- Exterior Excavation
- Interior Subfloor
- Interior Baseboard System
- Negative-side Sealant
Exterior excavation requires that the ground around your foundation be dug upand then a drainage system is installed. This is an expensive solution that causes disruption to your landscaping and driveway. Negative-side Sealants only provide short-term fixes. This method involves applying a waterproof coating on your basement walls. This method does not address the water building up outside of your foundation.
A good solution is to install an interior subfloor drainage system or a baseboard drainage system along the perimeter of the floor. A french drain is an example of this method. There are a few challenges to this method however. One is to keep the drain from being clogged by mud over the years. Many homeowners go years without a water problem and then develop one due to the existing sub-floor and sub-surface drains clogging with mud. Another challenge for subfloor systems is to set up the system to accept water from the walls without leaving a large unsightly gap at the edge of the floor which can collect dirt and debris from the floor - another potential for clogging the drain.
The best solution is an interior subfloor drainage system similar to the method noted above, but without all the problems. This system does not clog and it collects water from both the basement walls and floors.
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Tile Drainage System
Water naturally flows toward your foundation since there is more air volume in your house. Drainage Tile System installation often involves digging down through the basement floor next to the wall. Basically, it requires constructing drain tiles on the inside of the basement where the walls and the floor meet. This way water can be directed to a sump basin with a pump to remove the water.