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Basement Waterproofing

After heavy rainfalls, does your basement flood? Do you have standing water in your yard? If you answered yes, then you may be dreaming of a waterproof basement.

Basement waterproofing is a method that involves preventing water from entering the basement of a house. It is commonly used for structures built at or below the ground level. Basement waterproofing is used for groundwater that builds up in the soil and raises the water table. Saturated soil creates stress against the basement walls and floors, forming cracks throughout the structure.

Some major signs of structural damage may include:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Sticking windows and doors
  • Crumbling foundations
  • Bowing basement walls

For professional basement waterproofing contractors in the Birmingham or Huntsville, AL area, contact Affordable Foundation and Home Repair.

Common Causes of Basement Water

Cracks are pathways for water entry. Water seeps through the cracks and gaps, creating water puddles and standing water. Untreated cracks can widen over time and cause further foundation issues due to water damage. Signs that water is leaking into your basement can slowly develop over time. If you suspect water damage, look for the following signs:Basement waterproofing Huntsville, AL and TN

  • Horizontal, vertical or stair-stepped cracks
  • Buckling walls
  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Mold and mildew
  • Condensation
  • Soft, wet spots on walls
  • Insect infestations
  • Respiratory issues
  • Musty odor

Solutions and Products for Basement Waterproofing

All homeowners should be aware of the warning signs to know when to contact a professional. At Affordable Foundation we can waterproof a basement and provide you with preventative tips to help protect your foundation against water damage. Our basement waterproofing methods include: interior waterproofing, exterior waterproofing and sump pumps. All of these systems are designed to prevent wet basements by controlling the flow of water away from your basement.

Interior waterproofing contains a perforated drain pipe that is placed inside of the footing. Waterproofing a basement from inside is a relatively minor procedure. The drain pipe is installed under the slab to allow water to drain to a lower level. We use only high-quality interior basement waterproofing materials for this service. Sump pumps are also used to help remove collected water. The exterior waterproofing system collects water around the foundation. This system contains a waterproofing membrane, drainage board, and 4" perforated drain pipe that moves water away from the home.

To minimize water damage to your basement, take these preventative measures.

  • Clean gutters on a daily basis and install the proper downspout extensions. This would prevent hydrostatic pressure and soil saturation. Gutters and downspouts are used to collect rainwater and expel it away from foundations.
  • Repair concrete cracks to prevent water leaks and seepage.

For all of your basement waterproofing needs in Tennessee and Alabama, contact Affordable Foundation. We provide free estimates and our experts are available to answer any questions regarding your waterproofing needs. Our service area includes Birmingham, Huntsville, Decatur and the surrounding area.

Basement Waterproofing Materials:

  • Pro Drain basement waterproofing channel for poured slab basements
  • Pro Trac drain for monolithic basement floor system
  • Zoeller sump pumps
  • Jackel sump basins
  • 1 ½" pvc pipe to discharge water outside of home
  • NDS Pop-Up emitter
  • Santa Fe basement Dehumidifiers
  • DryShield waterproof wall panels
  • WhiteCap crawl space vapor barriers

Let us know how we can help you with our various basement waterproofing services for homes in the Huntsville, AL area.


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