Basement Waterproofing | Traverse City, MI

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Basements are wonderful practical spaces. Whether you use yours for extra storage or for a trendy weekend hangout, you surely want to keep it in top condition.

That said, because of their placement within the home, basements are often more vulnerable to water damage than other areas of the house. It only takes a small crack for water to sneak through.

Waterproofing your basement can protect your home from flooding and water damage. If you fear that your basement may be at risk, our dedicated experts at Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing can help you make your basement impermeable to the dangers of flooding. Therefore, call us for the best basement waterproofing in Traverse City, MI!

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Causes of Residential Water Damage

Flooding in the basement can cost thousands in damage and make the space unusable. Water damage can also lead to serious health complications. For example, wet foundation walls create perfect conditions for the growth of mold, allowing spores to fill the air you and your family breathe. Such conditions can cause extreme sickness, especially if you are prone to asthma.

Water can wreak havoc on even finished basements. It can destroy carpet and furniture, which in turn flushes all the time, money, and effort put into perfecting your basement down the drain.

Water damage can even spread beyond your basement, seeping into the drywall of the house. This can result in damage to your home’s foundation. When this happens, you may be faced with foundation rot. If left untreated for too long, your foundation will continue to weaken. It will not get better on its own. In fact, foundation damage can become so severe that your home begins to cave in on itself. This is not only incredibly costly to repair but also hazardous to your family.

Next Steps: Residential Basement Waterproofing

Bottom line: devastating property damage and serious health risks caused by the inhalation of harmful mold are two valid reasons to regularly check your basement for water damage.

The Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing team will be able to quickly diagnose the issue leading to water damage in the basement. We will then work with you to come with a plan to remedy the problem. We can get the job done quickly, at a cost that is reasonable to you.

Whether it is just a small leak or severe, long-term water damage, we can get your basement looking and feeling like an underground oasis in no time.

Contact Us for Basement Waterproofing in Traverse City

For over 20 years, Bluebird Foundation Repair & Waterproofing has helped homeowners repair shaky foundations, waterproof their basements, and ensure their crawlspaces are free from pests, moisture, and mold.

Best of all, we can come directly to your house to evaluate your water problems and find the most effective solution.

If you are concerned about water damage in your basement, reach out to us today with your concerns. You can connect by phone at (888) 411-2264 or by email at [email protected]. Outside of basement waterproofing in Traverse City, we also offer foundation repair, basement waterproofingcrawlspace waterproofing and seawall repair.

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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