Basement Waterproofing | Midland, MI

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Water gives everything life, from the flowers blooming in your front yard to the tall tree at the corner of your street. It quenches your thirst and refreshes your body. It can also harm your home’s walls and floors if you are not careful. Seepage, rain, humidity, leaky pipes are all common culprits of water damage.

Unfortunately, your basement usually bears the brunt of this damage. When water regularly drips through the cracks in your foundation while poor heating and cooling build up moisture, you’ll find yourself with a lot of condensation and mold.

To some Midland residents, the basement may be a mere afterthought. Some might not even venture into their basements very often unless they are packing something away or completing maintenance. There are, however, plenty of health hazards indirectly or directly associated with basement leaks. Failing to take them into account can cause a whole host of issues down the line.

That said, you can combat many of the issues caused by water damage by having your basement waterproofed by professionals. Here, we will highlight some of the key benefits of waterproofing the basement.

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Why Waterproofing Your Midland Basement Matters

As it turns out, basements can house more than old Christmas lights, spiders, and dust. Once moisture sets in from even a light rain or minor drainage issue, mold and fungi will happily take up residence. Many people experience terrible allergic reactions to mold. Not to mention, it neither looks nor smells pleasant. As for fungi, when it takes hold in your basement and starts chipping away at your home’s structure, the damage done can get expensive fast.

The benefits of basement waterproofing go beyond just preventing mold and structural damage. Also consider:

  • Effortless Remodeling Efforts – When it comes time to convert that unfinished basement into your special oasis, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to tear everything apart before you do it. Waterproofing the basement before investing in any renovations guarantees that you and your family will have a safe, dry, mold-free place to relax anytime.
  • Skyrocketing Property Value – If you ever choose to sell your Midland home, it won’t be such a hassle when you can tell your prospects that your basement has been waterproofed by experienced professionals. Not to mention, when your basement is waterproofed and free from costly water damage, you are more likely to sell your home at a competitive price.
  • Unbeatable Insurance Rates – No homeowner wants to deal with steep insurance rates. Investing in a thorough waterproofing job now can prevent costly damage down the line––damage that sends your insurance rates through the roof.

Bluebird’s Basement Waterproofing Services

Waterproofing your basement may seem like a daunting task, but you don’t have to go at it alone. In fact, you should not attempt to remedy leaks on your own. At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we have the tools and skills needed to do a thorough, safe, and high-quality waterproofing job.

At Bluebird, we invest lots of time and effort into training our employees to address your waterproofing concerns with ease. They can attend to concrete lifting projects and identify and tackle leaks smoothly and carefully. Our combined 60 years of experience shows just how much we are ready to put into your project!

Above all else, we aim to treat your home as its own case. We know that no two homes are the same and so will examine your basement thoroughly for leaks, damage, and other concerning issues. Then, we’ll come up with a plan that makes sense for you.

Contact Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Today

Waterproofing your basement does not have to be a chore. Give Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing a call today! We’ll come out and give you a quote so that we can get to work! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and crawlspace waterproofing throughout Midland.

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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