Basement Waterproofing | Grand Rapids, MI

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Your basement is an extension of your home. It’s where you store precious heirlooms, exercise, and even hang out with family. Although it may seem safe from the harsh conditions outside, many elements can compromise this all-too-valuable space. Fortunately, Bluebird Foundation Repair and Waterproofing is here to serve homeowners just like you in the Grand Rapids area.

Here is what you should know about basement waterproofing and what we do:

What Causes Moisture to Enter Basements?

Ideally, a finished basement will be thoroughly waterproofed; unfortunately, outdated waterproofing and unforeseeable circumstances can lead to expensive water damage. Here are a few reasons why water could be getting into your basement:

  • Improper Drainage and Soil Systems – If water seeps into the soil that makes up your home’s foundation, it may accumulate and with time trickle down to the foundation.
  • Poorly Installed and Unmaintained Gutters – Gutters are designed to keep water away from your home. However, if your gutters fail in any way, you may find water where it does not belong.
  • Hydrostatic Pressure – This phenomenon occurs when gravity acts on the water surrounding your foundation. The force is strong enough to cause or worsen existing cracks, resulting in water damage.
  • Condensation – Basements are commonly damp spaces. When condensation settles, mold and mildew may grow.

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Why Excessive Moisture is a Problem

Left untreated, excessive moisture can cause long-term damage to the entire structure of your home or building. However, structural damage is not the only thing you have to worry about. Increased moisture can also lead to mold growth.

If you do encounter mold growth, it is important to address it right away. Mold can cause serious health issues and worsen existing allergies. Once the mold has been removed, you will want to sanitize the entire affected area thoroughly. You will also need to remove any soaked carpet or drywall.

Waterproofing Your Basement

How we go about waterproofing your basement will depend upon a couple of factors. Here are some of the most common methods that we employ:

Interior

When waterproofing your basement’s interior, we will search for any cracks or leaks and then seal them up. The strong sealant will prevent any further water damage from occurring, simply by preventing any water from getting into your home in the first place.

Exterior

To waterproof your exterior, we will ensure that the proper drainage system is in place. Such a system will direct water away from your home. We may also apply a waterproof coating to the exterior walls.

What We Can Do to Help

Let Bluebird Foundation Repair and Waterproofing help you fix any area of concern in your basement. Once we identify where the moisture is getting in, we can advise you on the steps we need to take to seal off the area from any water and clean up the mess.

We also understand that every home and situation is unique; therefore, we will treat you as an individual rather than as a number.

Reach out today to learn more about our top-notch services! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair,  crawlspace waterproofing, egress windows and seawall repair throughout Grand Rapids.

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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