Basement Waterproofing FAQs

The first question nearly every customer asks is Why is my basement leaking now when it never has before? The major problem with regards to builders, architects and engineers in terms of design is most abide by township and state codes that are not written to assure you a dry basement later on down the line. In most cases you can look and see that your interior and exterior basement walls do not have a rubber membrane that acts as a protector against water. And, more likely than not, your basement floor is not protected below the concrete slab to manage hydrostatic pressure. Without this protection, ground water will enter your basement at the footer joint due to pressure from the earth on your walls. This could explain the following: according to the Home Inspection Census > 98% of all basements will eventually leak due to builder neglect.

Stage #1 How to fix a leaky basement

Most professionals will agree that the best way to relieve hydrostatic pressure is from the interior as opposed to the exterior. The perforated piping system below the floor is the conduit to collect the false table water as it rises during heavy ...

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Stage #2 Choosing the Appropriate Sump Pump With Battery Back-up

It is very important to install one sump pump for every 50 linear feet of drainage system.  More importantly every sump system should include a Battery Back-up system to assure power during power outages – unless you have a home ...

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Stage #3 Fixing Structural Wall Cracks

While cracks and bulges in interior basement foundation walls occur more frequently in older structures, newly constructed buildings are not immune to them. Lateral soil pressure pushes against your structure at different rates and expands and ...

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Stage #4 Applying Antimicrobials Coatings to Foundation Walls

Most homeowners do not fully understand the hazards of basement molds and fungal exposure from a wet, damp basement. While molds are often deemed toxic or non-toxic, some non-toxic molds can produce secondary metabolites that can produce toxins. Our ...

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Stage #5 Installation Close Cell 16.1 R/f Thermal Armor Vapor Barrier

A close cell thermal armor vapor barrier will not only isolate wall condensation and save you energy but it is 100% Mold Free. This close cell insulation barrier is becoming the new standard as it is designed to act as a ...

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Stage #6 Rubber Wall Membranes

If you are finishing your basement walls and are looking for 100% protection from wall cracks, tears, pipe penetrations and voids our rubber wall membranes are your best bet. This state-of-the-art membrane will never chip, crack or peel ...

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Stage #7 Will I always need a dehumidifier in the basement

 A dehumidifying system installed by Aqua Dry Basement Waterproofing will allow you to control the moisture, stop mold odors from producing, eliminate dust mite growth and control possible rot. Keep in mind that rain is not the only ...

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