Basement Waterproofing | Livonia, MI

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Unsurprisingly, you are most likely to find unwanted water in your basement because of the low elevation compared to the rest of your home. This can damage walls, flooring, and property while also creating the perfect humid environment for mold to grow. Not to mention, if water ends up in the wrong places in your home, it can affect just about any part of your home’s foundation.

Livonia homeowners can rest easy knowing that Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing can help address any water concerns.

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Why Waterproof Your Basement?

Waterproofing your basement can save you money, improve your health, and even improve the value of your home. Here’s a breakdown of a few of the key benefits you will enjoy when you waterproof your home with Bluebird.

  • Cheaper Insurance – Water damage is costly to fix, and insurance companies almost always raise rates on homeowners who have made previous claims due to water damage. Keep your rates low by ensuring that water damage never occurs in the first place.
  • Better Health – As you know already, water makes it easier for mold and mildew to thrive. Many people are allergic to mold, which can cause regular coughing, sneezing, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Avoid these altogether by waterproofing: as they say, prevention is always better than a cure!
  • A New and Improved Home – Waterproofing is one of the first steps you need to complete if you plan on finishing or remodeling your basement. So before you get too excited about moving that pool table downstairs, focus on creating a safe and hygienic environment first. A finished basement can give you and your family more space while boosting the value of your home. (And even unfinished basements should be kept dry to prevent major problems for your property and for the inhabited parts of your home.)

Bluebird’s Basement Waterproofing Services

Damp basements can be a real nuisance, especially when dealing with the aftermath of flooding or a severe weather event. You may be desperate to fix the issue yourself. However, we do not recommend this.

Professionals like those at Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing have the necessary tools and equipment to ensure a thorough job. We have been doing this work for over 20 years, and we know that prioritizing quality and care always helps us come out on top.

We are one full-time team, and we do not hire subcontractors to do the dirty work for us. So when you hire Bluebird, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting experienced, professional service.

Contact Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Today

Every basement waterproofing situation is different, so we will survey your basement carefully and give you a quote you can trust. Once you have a concrete number, you can prepare for the waterproofing job and for a life where you do not have to worry about flooding or dampness every time it so much as drizzles.

Let us show you what we can do. Call us today to get your quote. We can’t wait to hear from you! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and crawlspace waterproofing throughout Livonia.

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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