Basement Waterproofing | St. Joseph, MI

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You don’t have to look far to find a Michigan home with a nice, roomy basement. Basements are perfect for storing old clothing and other items, exercising, or just relaxing.

That said, basements are not infallible, as their location makes them much more vulnerable to flooding and other nasty water issues. Water can leak into the basement from the foundation or leaky pipes. Once water gets into the basement, you’re looking at expensive, time-consuming repairs.

Even if you don’t plan to finish your basement, it’s not an area of the home you can forget about. If you leave water damage to worsen for too long, it becomes the perfect home for so many unwanted visitors. Think mold and mildew, as well as rodents and various insects.

Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing can help to stop to these issues by providing affordable basement waterproofing services near you!

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Benefits of Basement Waterproofing

Mold is a major concern with basements, and waterproofing can help. But mold prevention is not the only benefit of a masterful basement waterproofing job. It also offers several key benefits such as:

  • Renovation Preparation – If you plan to finish off or remodel your basement, waterproofing is vital. Without waterproofing, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to rip out all of your progress later on due to water damage.
  • Lower Insurance Costs – Water damage is a common insurance claim homeowners have to make. Oftentimes, you won’t notice until a slow leak causes an expensive repair. Waterproofing your basement prevents water damage, which helps you avoid expensive insurance claims. Not to mention, insurance companies will hike your premiums after you make any claims concerning water damage.
  • Improve the Air Quality – Mold and mildew are dangerous for our air. Basements are a prime location for mold, especially when they are damp. Waterproofing keeps your basement dry, which prevents mold and mildew so that you can breathe better air.
  • Boost Property Value – Water damage lowers the value of your home. Waterproofing prevents this while also giving future buyers peace of mind. It’s a powerful selling point.

Basement Waterproofing in St. Joseph, MI

Water in the basement is a major problem that you want to avoid. Moisture causes extensive damage, and waterproofing will help you prevent this from ever happening.

Professional waterproofing is essential for ensuring the quality and durability of your waterproofing. The team at Bluebird has the experience you need for your basement waterproofing. We start by assessing your basement to determine the most effective waterproofing approach. We will then come up with a reasonable quote and explain to you how we arrived at that number.

We have over 20 years of experience, so you can rest easy knowing that we understand what a healthy basement should look like. We take the quality of our work very seriously. We offer affordable basement waterproofing, alongside our impeccable service.

You can count on us to help you keep water and mold out. Learn more about our waterproofing service today by contacting us! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repaircrawlspace waterproofing and seawall repair throughout St. Joseph.

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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