Basement Waterproofing | Ann Arbor, MI

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Water is an incredible resource, one that all life depends upon. But just because water is amazing does not mean that you want it in your Ann Arbor basement. When water gets through cracks in your basement, it is not just a small annoyance that might leave behind a musty smell. If this water is left alone, it can cause expensive damage and even promote the growth of mold and mildew.

Even if you do not venture down into your basement very often, you can likely acknowledge that it has many uses. You probably store seasonal goods in it and hunker down in its shadows when there are warnings of storms.

You can preserve your basement long-term by having it waterproofed by the experts at Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing. Before you do that, we would like to educate you on why waterproofing your basement matters so much:

waterproofing process

Benefits of Basement Waterproofing

Waterproofing definitely keeps mold and mildew out of your basement, but what else does it do? Here are just a few of the key benefits of basement waterproofing:

  • Affordable Insurance – By the time you notice the damage, you may have to make an insurance claim to fix it. Preventing water damage prevents the need for insurance claims, which helps keep your rates affordable. Instead, you can spend that money on making your basement a special place.
  • Prep for Remodeling – Speaking of sprucing up your basement, waterproofing is a great step toward preparing for that. Waterproofing seals your basement, providing a dry base for your renovation. Once you complete your remodel, you won’t have to worry about water getting in and undoing your progress.
  • Air Quality – When mold and mildew are given the chance to take up residence in your basement, your air quality will suffer, which can in turn hurt your family’s health. This is especially true if they are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma. Waterproofing safeguards your basement from water, which in turn ensures that mold has nowhere to grow.
  • Preserve Property Value – When you waterproof your basement, you are not just putting your own mind to ease. You are also ensuring that any future residents of your home won’t have to worry about pesky water damage or pests––or paying to have them removed.

Bluebird Ann Arbor Basement Waterproofing

Now that you understand why waterproofing your basement is so important, you might be tempted to take care of the job on your own. You may wonder: how hard can it be?

But not so fast. At Bluebird, we have the experience to handle these water issues safely, as we have been encountering them for over 20 years now. We also have the tools and equipment to do a thorough job. If you do the job improperly, you might simply be costing yourself more should you ever have to correct your errors.

When you call us, we will come out and take a look all throughout your basement. Once we’re done, we’ll give you a quote that takes into account all the work we will have to do, and we’ll make sure you understand exactly what every dollar is going toward. Once you give us the thumbs up, we’ll embark on our waterproofing adventure, and we won’t stop until we are done.

Want to give us a try? We can’t wait to help! Call us today to get your quote. Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and crawlspace waterproofing throughout Ann Arbor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interior basement waterproofing is the process of adding or replacing an interior drain tile along the footer of the home/building which will direct any water to the sump pump to be removed from the home.

The cost starts from $5000 and goes up from there. The price is based on the total square feet we need to waterproof across the area.

We will jackhammer the floor approximately 1 foot away from the wall depending on the width of the footer, trench out the debris, and pitch the trench towards the sump basin. Then we install a weed barrier followed by the waterproofing system. 6a round stone is then placed around the waterproofing system. The vapor barrier is placed over the stone and the waterproofing system and covered with concrete. Any water in the waterproofing system is directed to the sump pump and evacuated from the home/building

We use a Hepa-Vac during any jackhammering to decrease any dust. We place plastic over all items in the work area for protection. In addition, we also remove plastic from the work area if we need to isolate any dust to a certain area. We also place a floor/carpet protector over any flooring we will walk over while performing our work.

Signs you need basement waterproofing include a white line along the basement wall or on the floor (efflorescence), moisture noted in the basement, wet wall, and puddles of water on the floor that are not coming from any plumbing/etc above. A plumber will need to evaluate water from above a pipe. Water coming over the top of the wall is most likely due to poor grading outside of the home or grading that comes above the foundation wall (this can be evaluated and fixed by a landscaping company).

If you are a handy person you can certainly try to waterproof your basement, but we do not recommend it. We use an engineered product that is specifically designed for basement waterproofing. Small mistakes can make the product ineffective such as poor positioning, and not accounting for a proper pitch to the sump pump (the water will stay stagnant in the pipe/channel). Undermining the footer can cause foundation damage. Also, improper cutting of the concrete may allow water to come up through the seam of the concrete.

Causes of basement leaks include cracks in the wall, gutter discharge not directed away from the home, improper grading, no gutters on the home, living in a high water table (around lakes/rivers), and neighbor’s drainage directed towards the home (ie, you live at the base of a hill and all the drainage from above is directed toward your home/building).

A flood/natural disaster is not covered under our warranty. The only steps you can take to help remove any water quickly is to have a functioning interior/exterior drain tile and sump pump. This may not be enough in all cases such as an actual flood/natural disaster.

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