Waterproofing Systems for Dry Basements
If you have a wet leaky basement...
You have a water drainage problem.
Proper water drainage is essential for a dry basement. AAA Reick's Waterproofing uses proven exterior waterproofing systems for a dry basement. We work from the outside of your home at the source of your water problem so you can have a safe dry basement.
Regrading offers one of the best ways to shed water away from your foundation walls and divert it to an area where it can safely permeate naturally into the earth, and not into your basement.
Areas directly around the immediate perimeter of your home, usually 3' to 6' out from foundation walls, are the most critical areas to regrade.
We remove any landscape material in the area and can reinstall or replace these materials professionally at your request.
We install compactable soils the can resist settling through the years.
Other larger areas away from the home may be regraded with a Bobcat to create a swale to carry water away to a designated area or lower a high spot to allow water to flow out.
French drains are a good way to drain unwanted water from a low area in your yard. We start by digging a "trough" down the middle of the lowest spot in the problem area and leading downwards towards our designated area.
Perforated drain tile with a sleeve and an outlet is installed and covered with river rock. Then a permeable fabric is laid on top of the rock to keep the system clean. Followed by soil and sod or seed on top of the fabric so it will blend in with the yard. Please keep outlets clear of snow, ice, and debris year-round to flow out.
The exterior drain tile is installed along the inside of the edging that borders your decorative rock or mulch beds around the foundation of your home. The perforated drain tile intercepts the water before it can soak in and reroutes it to a predetermined location where it safely can soak in, away from your home's foundation walls. We use a perforated drain tile that has a fabric sleeve over it to keep it from plugging up with small particles that wash through the system over the years. Please keep outlets clear of snow, ice, and debris year-round.
Membranes are used to seal cracks in the exterior foundation walls. Cracks can be caused by a poorly built foundation footing that allows a wall to drop or settle causing separation or crack in the blocks used to form your basement wall.
After locating the problem area, we excavate to the crack and clean the surface area well and apply a special primer to assure a true bond with the waterproofing membrane that seals the crack. The area is then backfilled and finished with a proper grade away from home and any landscape materials are professionally reinstalled.
Channel drains are commonly installed along concrete or asphalt areas to intercept water similar to a French drain but made specifically for paved surfaces. They are extremely durable and meant to be driven over by motor vehicles.
The channel drain is installed level with the top of the paved surface and is connected to solid drain tile that is draining downhill and away to a designated area. This method works exceptionally well to keep water from entering the garage floor and can also be used in other applications. Please keep outlets clear of snow, ice, and debris year-round
Gutter extensions often do not extend out far enough out from a home's foundation walls or may be missing altogether allowing water to pool up by your foundation walls and entering your basement.
Using the right parts, we can install a solid, flexible drain tile that runs underground and extends it out to most anywhere that goes down a hill to safely exit via a Pop-up outlet. This can be very important because of the amount of water that comes off your roof each time there is heavy rain. The gutter extensions allow the water to drain away from your home to keep it safe and dry. Please keep outlets clear of snow, ice, and debris year-round
Before we can build up properly around the foundation it is necessary to install window wells or raise the height of existing wells to keep soil and moisture away from the window frame keeping it free from rot. Existing wells should be inspected for rodent holes and tunnels. It's not uncommon to find a mouse or a chipmunk digging in, or around window wells and concrete steps. These holes can drain water straight down to your footing and should be dug out, filled in, compacted and have the rodents removed.
Often we add a small decorative wall block 4" by 12" around well top, without removing it, to give the height needed to build up properly around the foundation of the home.
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