Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
The staining around this wall crack suggest that it has been allowing moisture in for some time now. This is one of many areas that suggest an entry point for moisture.
Many of the steps leading down to this basement had water sitting on them. A solution to catch water along the base of the stairs would be part of our waterproofing.
A small area along the perimeter of the basement was excavated and the WaterGuard drainage system was set in place along the footing of the home.
In a basement with the amount of moisture this basement had, the perimeter system tends to span more of the walls. In basements with very specific trouble areas, the solution may be less comprehensive.
The WaterGuard system is not designed to work well at the base of the basement stairs. In open areas like this, a trench drain allows water to flow into the drainage system and doesn't pose any trip hazards. It doesn't cost any more to add when you're installing the WaterGuard system either.
Once the WaterGuard system was in place, we replaced the concrete, leaving only the small gap created by the drainage system along the base of the wall. This gap allows water to flow in the system and be moved to the sump pump.
A TripleSafe sump pump system consists of 3 pumps to make sure that your home is protected at all times. A 1/3 hp pump handles the brunt of the work while a 1/2 hp pump is installed slightly higher to help remove water in the event that the first pump fails or can't keep up. A third pump runs on a battery backup and will take over if the power goes out. Your basement not only stays dry; it stays dry all the time.
This homeowner was tired of her consistently wet basement. When she called, she had about an inch of standing water down there and that was just par for the course. She wanted it taken care of once and for all and a no maintenance solution since work kept her away from home for long periods of time. We were able to help her out with our WaterGuard perimeter drainage system and a TripleSafe sump pump that features top-rate backups to make sure that if a pump fails or the power goes you, the basement stays protected flooding.