Moldy, Crumbling Floor in Milan Basement
There isn't much floor to speak of in this basement, and what's in tact is riddled with mold.
Water Damage Around Milan Basement Fixtures
Besides obvious water stains, the peeling paint and rusty radiator are major red flags of water damage.
Major Water Damage on Basement Walls
Large swaths of discoloration point to water leaking through the walls in the area under the stairs. That dirt floor likely isn't helping the water problems.
Troublemaking Hot Water Heater Adds to Leak Issues
The hot water heater was known to overflow, adding to the ambient moisture problems in the basement. We installed a Flood Ring to keep the water contained and direct it to the WaterGuard.
Inefficient Sump Pump Can't Handle Milan Basement Leak
The sump pump in the basement was old and simply not keeping up with the amount of water in the basement. The existing discharge lines were fine, though, so we were able to keep those and just replace the pump.
Mold and Water Damage in Milan Basement
One of the major side effects of water problems is mold. Here, you can see the mold growing on the walls and surrounding wooden beams. It won't be long before those beams lose their structural integrity and can no longer support the floor above.
Major Water Damage in Milan Basement
Between the peeling paint on the walls and the heavily stained floor, signs of water damage are prevalent throughout the basement.
Mold and Water Invade Milan Basement
The area at the foot of the stairs was particularly nasty. We actually replaced the bottom few stairs because of the water damage.
Heavy Mold and Water Damage on Basement Floor
Personally, I wouldn't want to walk on this basement floor without work boots. And maybe a flamethrower.
Water Damage Surrounding Inefficient Sump Pump
It's unsurprising that the floor around the sump has such heavy water damage - that's where all of the water flows and inevitably backs up as the sump struggles to keep up.
Removing the Floor for WaterGuard Installation
We had to drill out a perimeter of the floor, as well as a cross section for cross tile, in order to install the WaterGuard system. This allows us to tie the drain right into the sump pump and proactively remove the water from the basement.
Installing WaterGuard Around Existing Fixtures
We can install the WaterGuard drain system around existing features, like the hot water heater.
WaterGuard Installation in Progress
Once the floor is removed, we can install the WaterGuard track, as shown here.
New Concrete Completes WaterGuard Installation
After installing the WaterGuard system, we pour new concrete to restore the floor.
WaterGuard Inspection Ports Ensure Easy Access to System
In the event that we need to access the WaterGuard system, inspection ports are installed in a few points on the track. Here, you can see one in the middle at the top of the photo.