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Water is an essential part of life; you simply cannot live without it. It keeps you and your family hydrated. The plants in your garden require it to thrive. It may even keep some of the appliances in your home running.

At the same time, water can also be incredibly destructive if given the chance. Anyone who has had the misfortune of dealing with leaky pipes or a flooded basement understands this. In fact, your basement is most likely to bear the brunt of any water damage. It will make its way into the foundation of your home and weaken it.

But that’s not all water is capable of. As it turns out, people aren’t the only living things that require water. Mold is quite the same in that regard. The longer water has the chance to gather in your basement, the more likely mold is to take hold.

We bring up these issues not to alarm Fowlerville residents but instead to educate them on why basement waterproofing matters. At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we have been waterproofing basements for over 20 years now and know exactly what to look for. Here is what you should know:

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Benefits of Basement Waterproofing

Waterproofing your basement does so much more than banish mold from your home. It can also help you with:

  • Improving Remodeling Projects – So, you and your family decided to turn the basement into something special, say a game room or a second, more laid-back living room. That’s awesome! That said, you will want to get waterproofing out of the way before you start drawing up your plans. Waterproofing might not be as fun, but it will certainly save you time and money that is better spent on making your home your own!
  • Securing Cheaper Insurance Rates – Paying for homeowner’s insurance isn’t cheap. When you actually have to file a claim to take care of water damage, you will see your rates soar to eye-popping levels. Waterproofing your basement leaves you and your insurance company with one less thing to worry about going wrong.
  • Improving Your Family’s Health – Mold is not only unpleasant to look at. It can also cause health problems, especially in those with allergies and asthma. Waterproofing your basement keeps water out, which leaves mold with no place to start growing.
  • Increasing Property Value – Homebuyers are looking for homes that are as close to move-in ready as possible. When a basement is carefully waterproofed, homebuyers know that they do not have to worry about expensive water damage, which will make the investment appear that much more appealing.

Bluebird’s Basement Waterproofing Services

No Fowlerville homeowner should have to live in fear of waking up to a flooded basement. We want to help you achieve peace of mind by tackling all those leaky spots and ensuring that water has no place in your basement.

We are a dedicated team with many decades of experience between us. We do not throw our work to subcontractors but instead tackle everything together. We train every worker to inspect with care and lift concrete with unmatched strength. We will even examine your basement and give you a straightforward quote.

Contact Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Today

Ready to transform your basement into a dry haven for storage rather than a damp one for mold? Call Bluebird today to get started! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and crawlspace waterproofing throughout Fowlerville.

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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