Basement Waterproofing | Pinckney, MI

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Water is everywhere. It flows from your faucet when you are preparing yourself a cup of tea in the morning. It falls from the sky when it rains. It even makes up a large part of who you are.

That said, water sometimes ends up in places where it does more harm than good––most notably, your basement. Water seeps through the cracks in your foundation while poor heating and cooling build up moisture. Before you know it, there will be a whole lot of mold on top of some serious condensation.

The basement is easy to overlook in favor of other areas of the home, like the bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Unfortunately, if you overlook water damage for too long, the issue will only become more severe, which will result in more expensive issues.

Fortunately, we are trained to handle these pesky issues with watertight basement waterproofing. Here is what we think you should know:

Before Basement waterproofing

Benefits of Basement Waterproofing

Basements in Pinckney see plenty of basement mold issues, but by waterproofing your basement, you can prevent such issues right away.

When you waterproof your basement, you are avoiding so much more than just structural problems invisible to the naked eye. You will also…

  • Create New Options for Your Home – If you are looking to take on a huge remodeling project in the basement, don’t jump right to buying new furniture or putting in carpeting. Get waterproofing out of the way first. Not only will you save yourself a lot of hassle, you can be sure that your final product won’t be at risk of facing the aftermath of water damage.
  • Build a Healthier Environment – Mold can reduce the quality of life of your home’s inhabitants. This infamous invader usually first takes hold in damp, cold basements–and it can have nasty effects on your health, causing issues such as stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and even wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Preserve and Improve Your Property Value – With a waterproofed basement, you can increase the value of your home. No new homeowner wants to worry about an expensive process like waterproofing. This gives you leverage to charge better prices for your home if you ever choose to sell. (And even if you don’t, keep in mind that water damage increases your insurance bills! If you don’t keep on top of potential water damage issues, you will face expensive claims and lighter pockets.)

Bluebird’s Basement Waterproofing Services

We understand better than most that leaky basements are more than just an annoyance; they can be a real health hazard. We also understand the overall benefits of a waterproof basement.

You might be ready to get rid of these issues yourself, but we caution against this. Hasty DIY projects are often very costly and may end up costing you more if you complete them incorrectly.

What Pinckney residents need is a team of careful professionals who has seen it all: leaky basement, flooded basements, and more. After all, we have been doing this for well over 60 years now. At Bluebird, we never use sub crews to take on any of our projects. It’s only us and our tight-knit team, every time.

Contact Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing

Our team knows exactly what to look for when we come to assess your basement. After we are through, you can say goodbye to mold and hello to a cleaner, more welcoming basement.

If you are ready to embark on that basement waterproofing journey, Bluebird is here to see you through it. Call us today for a free quote, and we can soon get started. Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repaircrawlspace waterproofing and seawall repair throughout Pinckney.

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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