Basement Waterproofing Case Studies: Finished Basement Protected in Kalamazoo County
Mike H. noticed large puddles of water gathering around the base of his basement walls. With the basement finished and used as a main living area, Mike feared potential mold growth beneath the carpet. The work needed to be done quickly, and we were able to resolve his basement concerns in less than two weeks after the inspection.
The first step was to protect all items that wouldn’t be involved in the waterproofing process. A thick tarp was laid down, moving the items to the center of the room and careful consideration from the crew ensured the job would be clean.
The DryTrak Drainage Pipe System was ideal for this finished basement because it eliminated the need for jackhammering by sitting above the floor. This system collects water from the walls and floor joists and directs the captured water straight to the sump pump.
However, Mike’s old sump pump wouldn’t handle the increased workload, so he upgraded to the Super Sump pump system. It pumps 2200 gallons per hour at a 8-foot discharge head and resists clogging up to ½-inch solids.
Once the water has been captured and is ready to be pumped out, the final step is to get the water outside and make sure it stays away from the home. Extra drainage pipes were installed to make sure the outflowing water wouldn’t find its way back into the home. A LawnScape outlet and IceGuard were put on to prevent water backup during the winter.
Products: DryTrak, SuperSump, LawnScape Outlet, Extra Drainage Line
Project Manager: Steven Schoenleber
Foreman: Nino Lira
All items are moved and covered to be away from the installation.
DryTrak collects invading water from the walls and floor joists. It also eliminates the need for jackhammering.
An upgrade to the SuperSump sump pump is needed because of the increased water collection from the DryTrak installation.
Extra drainage line is needed to make sure the pumped out water does not find its way back into the home.
A cheap and effective way to keep water away from your home is to equip downspout extensions. The further water is away from your home, the better.