Basement Waterproofing | Cheboygan, MI

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One of the main things we do here at Bluebird CFW waterproofing repairs in basements is one of the main ones. It isn’t surprising considering the weather we experience in our service areas, like Cheboygan, MI. After all, with our weather comes the potential for flooding, soil erosion, and shifting landscapes. Add any of them together, and they can combine into water problems for any basement, old or new.

When such issues occur, it’s good to know who to turn to that can not only help with the leaks but also do the proper repairs that’ll keep your basement nice and dry for years. Waterproofing a basement, though, isn’t a permanent solution. It’ll require periodic upkeep, inspections, and some repair work occasionally.

So, if you’ve got a basement needing waterproofing repairs, we have expert professionals who can do the work quickly and efficiently with first-time quality. More importantly, they can get the work done cost-effectively before you have to deal with potential flooding or mold inundation.

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External Drainage Issues

Believe it or not, one of the biggest contributors to a leaking basement is some of the easiest to correct. Both of them involve exterior drainage around your home or business.

The first one we’ll inspect is the grading of your property. If you have land that slopes toward your property without providing an adequate channel for water to follow, you’ll collect water right next to your structure rather than flowing away from it. It can be detrimental to a building over time as the water can slowly penetrate your basement walls from the outside.

In addition, water will eventually erode and shift the soil around your property. It can lead to structural problems, including a sinking foundation, cracking walls, and warped flooring, to name a few.

The easiest way to fix this issue is to ensure your land gets graded and water is encouraged to drain away naturally from your building’s structure. In times of heavy rainfall, you should also provide the exterior walls of your basement are sealed or coated with a waterproof coating.

Another major issue we often discover externally to a property that can lead to necessary repairs to your basement’s waterproofing is a poor gutter and downspout system. If your gutters and downspouts aren’t functioning as they’re supposed to, water can overflow the gutter or overwhelm the downspout to the point where its basic function is rendered useless. Instead of directing water from the roof and away from the property, they collect water and essentially dump it around the foundation. Over time, this will lead to leaks in your basement.

In cases like this, either cleaning the gutters, repairing old and damaged ones, or installing a new gutter system is usually enough to handle any problems they may have been causing in the past.

Damaged Basement Walls

Inside the basement, our pros will inspect the structural condition of the basement’s walls. Things we’ll look for include:

  • Any cracks and evidence of leaks
  • Bowing walls
  • The state of the wall sealant

If cracks or evidence of leaks are present, we can easily repair those. Of course, we’ll also dig deeper into what may be causing the cracks or leaks.

Your Free Inspection For Waterproofing Repairs

Before we can affect any repairs, our team needs to look at the one you’re dealing with and get a good idea of the type of repairs your basement waterproofing may need. The good news is our inspections are free, and in some cases, we can get you an estimate on the same day. This way, you won’t have to wait to decide, nor are you spending any money to discover the problem.

Experience You Can Trust

Bluebird CFW and our experts have been helping repair and waterproof basements for over 20 years. Get in touch if you’re worried about your basement’s waterproofing. You can count on it getting right the first time we fix it. You can also contact us for foundation repair, crawl space waterproofing and seawall repair in Cheboygan, MI.

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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