Basement Waterproofing | Howell, MI

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Your basement is one of the most common ways water gets into and damages your home, usually through small cracks in the foundation that go unseen for years on end. On top of that, the cool basement air promotes moisture. Before you know it, you may have a basement filled with mold, mildew, and water damage, which can affect your entire home.

Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to the basement unless it’s finished or undergoing renovation soon. But renovations aren’t the only time to pay attention to your basement. It’s important to address the potential for basement leaks and moisture before it happens.

Howell basement waterproofing is the best way to protect your basement from water. Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing knows exactly what to look for and can help you mend a troublesome basement.

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How Basement Waterproofing Helps

Mold most often starts in the basement when water and moisture team-up. Waterproofing your basement is the best way to keep water from ever entering the basement.

Here is how basement waterproofing will help your home:

  • Reduce Insurance Costs – Water damage may hike insurance costs. Making claims for the damage affects your insurance rates, and you will still have to pay a deductible to have repairs done. When you waterproof your basement, you avoid water damage and insurance claims altogether.
  • Maintain Your Home’s Value – Waterproofing your basement is a great way to maintain the value of your home and attract future buyers. By waterproofing, you can avoid structural damage and mold issues that lower the value of your home. A waterproofed basement is a great selling point because homebuyers won’t have to worry about moisture in the basement either.
  • Better Air Quality – Water does not just damage your structure, but it also attracts bacteria, pests, mold, and mildew. All of the harmful things water brings with it will hurt your air quality and can ultimately impact your family’s health. Howell basement waterproofing prevents water from entering, which means it also keeps mold and mildew away.
  • Precedes a Successful Remodel – If you are considering a remodeling project for your basement, then waterproofing should be the first step. Waterproofing will keep water out, which ensures a more successful remodel. It is much harder to waterproof a basement once all the furniture has been moved in.

Bluebird Howell Basement Waterproofing

Water damage is a common problem with basements, and waterproofing is the most effective way to keep moisture and water out of your basement. For effective, reliable waterproofing, you need a professional.

That’s where we come in! Bluebird is here to handle all of your waterproofing projects, no matter how big or small.

Our dedicated team has over 20 years of experience, so you can count on us for quality, efficient waterproofing services. We start by assessing your basement to determine the most effective waterproofing solution before we get to work on your basement.

For reliable Howell basement waterproofing services, look no further than Bluebird. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repaircrawlspace waterproofing and egress windows throughout Howell.

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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