Efflorescence Under Windows
Note the efflorescence - aka the white powder - on the wall beneath the window. Efflorescence occurs when water travels through concrete blocks, dissolving minerals present and bringing them to the surface. When the water evaporates, the mineral deposits are left behind. This sign of water issues is usually just a nuisance, but over time it can degrade the blocks.
Water Staining on Floor
There is pervasive water staining on the walls and floor. The water's main entry point was the cove - the place where the wall and floor meet.
Cracked and Water Stained Floor
The floor had a crack running across it, which can happen for a variety of reasons and can become another source of water influx.
Sump Pump Can't Keep Up
This sump pump has a few problems. First, it has no cover (unless you count those boards? We don't), which leaves it vulnerable to damage and being clogged with debris. Second, there's no reliable way for the water to get to it. Remember how we mentioned the squeegee directing water? That's basically the best bet unless you have a perimeter system.
Puddles on Basement Floor
Water was coming in rapidly at the cove and puddling on this basement floor.
Installing the SuperSump Pump
By tying our drain system right into the sump pump, we can ensure that water makes it without need of a squeegee.
Cross Tile Connects WaterGuard Across Low Points
When a basement has multiple low points, it can be difficult to take water efficiently to a sump pump. But by installing cross tile, we can circumvent needing to transport it all the way around the perimeter and just cut across the basement.
Once the WaterGuard is in place, we secure it with a special tape before pouring new concrete.
The WaterGuard drainage system is put in place.
Concrete Secures Sump Pump
New concrete is poured around the sump pump to secure it.
Concrete Restores Floor
Concrete is poured over the WaterGuard system to secure it and restore the floors. Once it dries and lightens it'll hardly be noticeable.