Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Several wet areas throughout the basement made it clear that with heavy rains, this basement had significant moisture coming in.
The water that entered the basement was slowly finding its way to the floor drain as evidenced by the coloring on the floor but the best way to prevent any further water issues is to stop water right as it enters and remove it safely from the home.
Large horizontal and vertical cracks, created by large roots outside, signify a bowing wall. Left untreated, this could lead to complete wall failure. The problem needed to be addressed.
To begin the installation of the WaterGuard system, we removed concrete around the base of the perimeter walls and create a shallow trench for the drain system.
For most homes, the footing is below the floor. Here, the footing is actually visible above the floor. To ensure that moisture coming in above the footer, flows safely into our new drain system, we will have to fasten some of our durable and mold-resistance CleanSpace material about one bock up the wall to help direct that moisture into the drain.
Before new concrete is poured, drainage stone is filled in around the WaterGuard system and a FlowGuard is placed on top. This FlowGuard creates a small gap along the base of the wall, allowing moisure to enter the system even after the concrete is replaced.
At the base of the stairs we installed a TrenchDrain. The FlowGuard sticks up above the concrete creating a small lip along the base of walls. In doorways and around stairs, this creates a tripping hazard so a TrenchDrain creates a safe way for water to enter the system in these areas.
The PowerBraces are installed from floor to ceiling along the bowing wall. These galvanized steel beams will prevent any further inward movement along the wall.
At the top of the beam, a unique tightening system allows us or the homeowners to periodically adjust the system during dry periods and potentially improve the condition of the wall over time.
The base of the PowerBraces will be cemented into the ground when new concrete is spread over the WaterGuard system. To prepare for this, the FlowGuard is modified slightly to ensure that water that enters around the beam, flows safely into the drain.
The concrete is neatly spread, flush with the existing floor and the durable CleanSpace material is bright and clean along the base of the walls.
The new sump system is level with the concrete and safely removes water from the basement. This sump system features an air tight lid, a floor drain, and a WaterWatch alarm that alerts the homeowner if the pump fails and water is backing up in the system.
The sump system safely removes water from the basement and deposits it in the yard away from the home. This discharge line is buried and properly leveled. As we dig to bury the line, we place dirt and grass in buckets to prevent any unnecessary damage to the lawn before it is replaced.
This homeowner had some water weeping in to the basement every spring through the cracks in the wall. This year the water began to pick up all over the basement. Something needed to be done to make sure this didn't become an even bigger problem. Additionally, roots from a tree had caused one wall to bow. The signs were very evident as there was horizontal and vertical cracking in the block walls. The good news is that we had solutions for both problems. First, we installed our WaterGuard perimeter drainage sytem around the perimeter walls. This french drain system sits below the concrete and captures water as it enters the home, directing it safely and discretely to the new SuperSump system. PowerBraces were installed along the bowing wall to prevent any futher movement and potentially improve the condition of the wall over time. These are galvanized steel I beams with a unique tightening system. The bowing wall is now supported and the water is being safely captured and removed from the home. All worries about this basement have now been lifted.