Basement Waterproofing | West Bloomfield, MI

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Your home puts up with a lot of wear and tear. Not just from you and your family living in it, but also just from existing in a place like West Bloomfield that experiences all four seasons, usually with very drastic weather. With time, those harsh winters and rainy springs can eat away at your home’s structure, and you might not even know it until it’s too late.

Fortunately at Bluebird, we are specially trained to detect these foundational issues and fix them with great care. Here is what you should know about our approach to foundation repair:

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Damaged Foundation Signs

Your home’s foundation is every you look. From the walls to the floors, that foundation is holding your home together and keeping it from collapsing in on itself.

While some foundational issues can be hard to spot, here are some that you may notice early:

  • Cracks in Floor – Cracks in your floor are not just unsightly; they may also hint at something going on in your home’s foundation. Cracks usually result when the foundation settles.
  • Cracks in Drywall – Drywall cracks are perhaps the most likely to go unnoticed, but they are no less serious than any others. These usually result when the walls move with the shifting foundation.
  • Cracks in Brickwork – Bricks may seem strong, but they are just as susceptible to foundational cracks as any other materials. If you notice cracks in your bricks, you will want to investigate for any structural issues.
  • Cracks in Corners – Have you been noticing large gaps in your siding or small cracks in corners? If so, shifting foundation may be to blame.
  • Leaning Chimney – Your chimney should be standing proud and tall. If it is not, then you will want to look into that to ensure that the foundation is solid.

Reasons for Foundation Repair

Foundation repair isn’t just a matter of keeping your house looking new and pretty. It is a safety concern. If you leave these issues unaddressed for too long, your entire house will suffer. In fact, it is best to confront these problems head-on while they are still small and manageable. At this stage, the solutions are also cheaper.

Bottom line: the goal of foundation repair is to ensure that your home’s structure remains durable for many years to come. This is very important whether you plan on living there for a while or selling the house once you are ready to move on.

Bluebird Warren Foundation Repair

Foundational issues can be worrisome; fortunately, at Bluebird, we can help you address these problems quickly and affordably.

We approach all West Bloomfield homes with the same level of attention and care. We value masterful workmanship and customer service and will go above and beyond to deliver just that.

No two foundation issues are the same, which is why we use several different methods to address foundation problems. If your home is more delicate, we have helical piles and piers. If your home is the heavier type, we can always trust deep-driven steel piering systems.

Damaged beams and walls call for carbon fiber, while slab brackets can support any wayward slabs.

Give Bluebird a Call

It is never too early to invest in sound foundation repair options. Give us a call today! Outside of basement waterproofing, we also offer foundation repair and crawlspace waterproofing throughout West Bloomfield.

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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