Foundation Waterproofing

Foundation Waterproofing

For years, Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions, LLC has provided homeowners with the peace of mind and protection of foundation waterproofing. After all, the foundation is the most important part of your new home or existing home’s structure. If your foundation has problems, you can expect to pay a fortune for repair. In most cases, homeowners only notice such costly problems after floors slant, walls crack and the roof develops leaks. Or maybe you are noticing mold and mildew build-up because of ongoing moisture. For these reasons, foundation waterproofing is more than just ensuring water does not come in your basement.

If you are already experiencing water leakage or seepage, you are in the right place. Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions of Raleigh, North Carolina can help you through foundation waterproofing to keep your basement dry. After all, moisture problems related to the foundation can cause more than just structural damage. These issues also cause health problems that affect your whole family, particularly your loved ones with respiratory and allergy problems. Dampness can ruin your personal possessions, too.

What is Foundation Waterproofing?

Foundation waterproofing is a process of using proven methods, approaches and products to permanently prevent water intrusion in your home. These projects typically require several methods applied to work together toward the same purpose.

Determining the right approaches for your property requires inspection of your house and its foundation. There is no one sure way to waterproof every new or existing home. Accurate estimation requires close inspection by one of Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions’ professionals. If you receive an estimate from a contractor who has not seen your home and inspected it for this purpose, you should be wary of the quality of that service.

Why Foundation Waterproofing Matters

One of the most damaging elements for your home is water. Water on its own can breech even the tiniest of crevices in or near a foundation and damage your entire home’s structure before you even suspect a problem. Fixing a foundation problem is also one of the most costly investments in your home, one requiring expensive excavation and other services.

Water damages your foundation in several ways. First, wet soil around the foundation can lose its strength. This causes the foundation to shift and crack. Telltale signs of a shifting foundation often include doors and windows that no longer shut properly. Or, your floor develops creaks and squeaks or a noticeable downward slope. Your walls can crack as they settle with the foundation’s movement.

Foundation Mold Problem

Mold problems can also develop because of your foundation problems. These wreak havoc on your health by causing breathing problems, headaches, depression, aches, pains, memory loss and other issues.

Foundations are constructed using reinforced concrete. Although concrete appears solid, it is actually not waterproof on its own. Concrete also develops cracks. Even when water itself cannot get through the foundation, vapor and moisture still gets past this barrier.

Foundation waterproofing is the most effective method of keeping water, vapor and moisture out of your home. Using a written plan, your Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions experts apply their expert knowledge and best practices to waterproof your foundation, basement and crawl spaces.

Methods Often Used as Part of Foundation Waterproofing

To waterproof your home, our experts use multiple methods and approaches tailored to your specific needs, such as:

Dampproofing

Dampproofing is not technically a foundation waterproofing method. But this service involves the application of an asphalt-based coating to the outside of your foundation. The coating is sprayed or brushed onto the foundation walls to keep soil moisture from entering the basement. Your home’s builder should apply this coating during any North Carolina house construction.

Sealing and Repair of Water Entry Points

An important step to waterproof your foundation, and thus your basement, is the sealing and repair of areas where water enters through your foundation. For example, we seal and repair cracks in your basement walls. We often pair this approach with other methods like interior or exterior drainage systems.

Exterior Drainage Systems

Is it critical to not allow water to pool around or under your foundation. Through prevention of this pooling, you can minimize the opportunities for water or moisture to enter the foundation walls into your basement. Exterior drainage systems often require excavation to the foundation footer. There, we install or replace drainage pipes that make up a french drain. We also sometimes apply a waterproof membrane to your foundation walls as another water and moisture barrier.

Interior Drainage Systems

If you experience standing water in your basement, an interior drainage system can effectively solve this problem. Also, a perimeter drain and sump pump system is one of the most common ways to keep your basement dry. It is also one of the least problematic methods to extract water, in terms of disruption to your existing foundation.

For construction of your interior drainage system, our pros use a jackhammer to create a pathway for drainage piping installation. This pipeline routes water that comes into your basement to a sump pump system. The pump permanently removes the water. To keep the pump working during electrical power outages, we recommend installation of a sump pump with backup battery power.

Contact Us for Your Free Foundation Waterproofing Cost Estimate and Plan

Drainage and Waterproofing Solutions looks forward to helping Raleigh area homeowners enjoy a waterproof foundation and moisture-free home. We welcome people from throughout the Raleigh area who wish to request an estimate for our services. For potential customers within a 60-mile radius of Raleigh, we provide this estimate and a written foundation waterproofing plan for free. Call us today at (919) 508-7503.