Basement Waterproofing | Saginaw, MI

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Water can cause unspeakable damage to your Saginaw home. It doesn’t take much water to contribute to said damage. If a pipe is left leaking long enough or if even a little rain seeps through, the problem will eventually become visible to you.

Your basement is by far the most susceptible to this damage. It doesn’t help that it’s easy to overlook the basement, especially in favor of more well-used spaces in your home like the kitchen or the living room. Unfortunately, ignoring even small basement issues––a musty smell, an undetected crack in the ceiling, dark spots on the ceiling––can spell trouble later on.

The good news is that there is a solution to the problem: basement waterproofing. It’s a worthwhile investment that will pay for itself for many years to come. At Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing, we are eager to help!

basement work progress

Why You Should Invest in Basement Waterproofing

A careful waterproofing job can keep you, your family, and your home healthy, safe, and happy. The reason for this is simple. When water gets through undetected cracks in the basement, it may accumulate. This not only takes a toll on your home’s structure. The moisture gives mold the perfect environment to thrive, which can cause health problems over time.

Fortunately, waterproofing can help prevent all of these problems. It can also:

  • Simplify the Remodeling Process – The basement can be used for so much more than just storage or laundry. Maybe you are considering transforming it into a movie theater, a gym, or just a casual Friday night hangout. In any case, waterproofing your basement before you start moving around furniture and perfecting your layout will ensure that your cozy space remains dry. Kickstarting the remodeling process with waterproofing will allow you to address any serious water issues before you get settled.
  • Lead to Cheaper Insurance Rates – Insurance costs are an inevitable part of being a homeowner. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your rate low. One involves preventing water damage before it ever has the chance to cause you grief, and you do that by ensuring that your basement is properly waterproofed.
  • Promote Higher Property Values – Plan on selling your home in future? You’ll want to put your house in the best position to secure a reasonable profit. Waterproofing your home is an excellent way to bolster your home’s value. Not only does waterproofing prevent very costly damage that can hurt a home’s value, it also leaves less work for the new owner to deal with.

Basement Waterproofing: What Bluebird Has to Offer

Many people may get discouraged when they see the cost of waterproofing a basement. Instead of seeking out the best deal, they may try to save money by completing the job themselves. We want to caution against this. Poor or improper waterproofing jobs may cause even more expensive issues down the line.

Professionals both know what they are doing and what to look for. That is where Bluebird comes in. We know what materials are needed to guarantee long-term stability, and we do not settle for less. What’s more, we are a robust crew, and every member has a distinct role. We take time to build a team made up of people who have been trained thoroughly and who understand everything that goes into a solid waterproofing job.

Above all else, we will inspect your basement thoroughly so that we can give your home the individualized attention it deserves. We will make sure that no small crack goes undetected so that your basement endures for quite a while––whether you use it just for storage or as a family room.

Contact Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Today

If you are seeking an experienced waterproofing service in the Saginaw area, we want to hear from you. We will even offer you a free quote! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repaircrawlspace waterproofing, and seawall repair services throughout Saginaw.

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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