Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Cracks in the wall along the basement stairs led to water seeping inside. This problem has been going on for years and needs to be repaired.
Its clear from this picture that water has consistently entered the home and puddled around the base of the basement stairs.
The homeowners, knowing that water along the side of the home would only make their problem worse, had constructed a means of extending their downspouts to carry run-off away from the home but above ground discharges can be unsightly. This is something that we can help with.
Along the side of the home, an air conditioner, electrical lines, and a gas line present challenges in digging and waterproofing. We will have to cautiously hand-dig this area as we work to keep the basement dry.
Along the leaking wall, landscaping will need to be removed to allow us to excavate and waterproof from the outside.
We very carefully hand dug around the electrical and gas lines along the home to expose the access point for electrical power into the home.
A sealant was carefully applied where the electrical conduit entered the basement to eliminate the ability of water to enter as it had been.
Once we were able to excavate along the affected wall, sentry seal was applied to the wall and foam insulation was placed over top. Footing drains were installed and a discharge for the downspouts was created.
The drains that were created along the basement wall were designed so that they would terminate a long distance from the home to ensure that the deposited moisture wouldn't cause any further issues for the home. A trench was dug in the yard so that we could lay the pvc and then the soil and grass will be replaced over top.
Landscape outlets on the end of the discharge lines allow water to escape and leach back into the soil. These outlets in most applications will blend in the the lawn and can easily be mowed over top.
The landscape stones are all put back in place along the side of the home once the excavated area is carefully back filled.
The trench was back filled and the landscaping replaced leaving what's visible of the finished product looking as close as possible to what it originally was. Underground, the wall should continue to block out water for years to come.
This basement was experiencing a couple of issues as far as rainwater getting in. A crack along the basement stairs was allowing water to seep in. Water was also making its way in around the electrical panel. We were able to help waterproof this basement in a couple of different ways. We hand-dug carefully on the outside of the home along the electrical line to expose where the electrical conduit entered the building and we applied a sealant around that conduit to prevent water from getting in there. The more difficult task was applying sentry seal along the other wall in question. The wall had a great deal of landscaping around it. We deconstructed that landscaping and excavated along the wall. This allowed us to clean and prepare the side of the structure, apply the sentry seal, place foam insulation over top, and prepare the footer drain along the base of the basement wall. The downspout runoff was also buried. All water runoff was directed to an area of the yard a large distance from the home. We then backfilled the trench along the home and replaced the landscaping as it was. These homeowners should now see a much dryer basement and less moisture sitting close to the home where it can potentially lead to further issues.