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For many Lansing homeowners, the basement is a place for storing old photo albums and special items. It may also house the furnace and laundry area. For some people, the basement might be something more than that – a family room, a lounge, or even a bedroom.

The point here is that basements are one of the most versatile areas of the house. For that reason alone, you certainly want to protect yours.

Unfortunately, the basement is also the most susceptible to water damage, thanks largely to its location at ground level. Water can creep into your basement almost imperceptibly. When it does, it can cause significant damage. Fixing water damage can cost thousands of dollars. That is not even taking into account the furniture, carpet, and other things that must be replaced.

Fortunately, there are options to protect your basement and its treasures from damage. That’s where Bluebird comes in. This is what you should know:

Basement after waterproofing

Benefits of Waterproofing Your Basement

Bluebird specializes in protecting your home by employing state-of-the-art waterproofing techniques. For over twenty years, our licensed professionals have been working hard to keep basements all across Michigan dry, safe, and mold-free.

It is important to note all the benefits of having your basement waterproofed. For one, a waterproofed basement can lower insurance costs. When water severely damages your basement, you will likely have to file an insurance claim. Depending on how much damage there is, you may have to pay out of your own pocket as well. Waterproofing your basement will keep insurance costs down and give you more monetary peace of mind.

In addition to lowering insurance costs, waterproofing your basement will increase the property value on your home if you choose to sell it in the future. Homeowners are seeking out homes that require as little work as possible; a waterproofed basement means less hassle for them!

Why You Need a Professional to Tackle the Job

It may seem tempting to make waterproofing into a DIY project, after all, it’s just slapping some paint-stuff on a wall, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Trying to waterproof a basement without the right experience, tools, or products can actually be just as harmful as water damage itself, and can cost just as much to repair. Bluebird’s professionals have the experience, tools, and products necessary to do the job and do it right.

Waterproofing your basement is much more cost-effective than repairing water and foundation damage that may happen. Waterproofing prevents having to pay a hefty bill for repairs should water damage happen in your home. And water damage will happen especially when living in a town that has large bodies of water such as the Grand River running through it.

The capital of Michigan should have a capital waterproofing expert that lives up to the name. At Bluebird, we aim to be just that expert. Give us a call, and we will get started transforming your basement into a space you can be proud of! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair, crawlspace waterproofing, and egress window installation and repair throughout Lansing.

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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