Exterior waterproofing systems are the first line of defense for a dry basement. A dry basement or foundation can decrease the risk of mold, ruined interior furnishings, and finishes.
Your foundation should be protected from water intrusion through a footing drain that leads water away from the building. The slope, or grading of your home should direct water away, but where it does not, these drainage systems will help divert standing water away from your home.
If your home requires exterior waterproofing, AAA Reick’s will excavate the perimeter of the home and place drains around the perimeter that leads away from your home. This exterior drain will become your first line of defense against hydrostatic pressure. A waterproofing membrane and water barrier may also be added to your basement walls for added protection.
Sump Pump Systems
A sump pump is a pump used to remove water that has accumulated in a water collecting sump basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. The water may enter via the perimeter drains of a basement waterproofing system, funnelling into the basin or because of rain or natural ground water, if the basement is below the water table level.
Sump pumps are used when exterior systems are not feasible where the water table is above the foundation of a home. Sump pumps send water outonto your lawn where it often finds it’s way back into your basement.
Drain Tile Systems
A drain tile system from AAA Reick’s attacks your water issues at the “root of your problem.” Using perforated drain tile with a sleeve will allow water to enter in from all sides and should be large enough to accommodate all the water that will need to pass through the system. The water should drain at a downward slope steep enough to keep the water moving out and away from the problem area.
Grading Around Foundation
Unless the ground slopes properly from your house’s foundation, you may have drainage trouble. AAA Reick’s Waterproofing corrects improprer slope due to soil compaction to ensure a proper grade, slope any landscape additions away from the base of the structure, so water flows farther out into the yard. Proper grading around the foundation of your home keeps many potential issues at bay. Without the right grade, water collects at the base, causing erosion, foundation cracks, mold and unhealthy vegetation.
If your home is in the Minneapolis Metro area and you are experiencing a wet basement, garage or yard, call AAA Reick’s for a free consultation to solve your drainage problems.
North Metro: 612-369-6626