There is no school or formal training to teach basement waterproofing
If there were though, it would be something like this: an apprenticeship training in masonry restoration, exterior building maintenance, foundation waterproofing and drainage, and roof repair. All with an old school contracting company.
That's where we got started and learned the basics. We bring those specialty construction trade skills we learned, together, to form a company with a comprehensive understanding of the needs of our customers.
We didn’t invent the fundamental concepts of basement waterproofing
That’s been around for longer than we have, but we definitely perfected some of the techniques we use today. Through the aid of the latest modern power tools and some great new materials, we have developed highly efficient and reliable methods to control water in basements. Control is the keyword; the term waterproofing, though widely accepted, is actually somewhat misleading.
A more accurate term is water control or basement drainage, since almost everything we do involves diverting and controlling the water in and around your basement and foundation.
What causes basements to leak?
Hydrostatic pressure. A big word with a lot of math and physics behind it, but can be explained very simply. When the ground around your foundation becomes saturated with water, that water excerts a constant force around it, trying to equalize itself.
We’ve all heard the saying “water seeks its own level.” Well, that water wants to seek its own level right across the hole in the ground that is your basement. The foundation walls hold the water back, except where there are cracks, holes, joints, and other imperfections. The sub-floor footing drain system controls the water that would otherwise try to come up from under the floor at the cove joint where the floor meets the foundation wall, and flow onto the floor.
What to look for
Water problems in basements almost always originate at the perimeter, either down the walls or up from under the floor at the cove joint between the floor and the foundation wall. Water coming down the wall is from cracks and holes as mentioned.
Water that comes from under the floor is not as simple, it can be caused by several different factors, but the solution is always the same, to cut open the floor at the perimeter in the problem area and install or restore gravity drainage system components.
A wise old woman once told me “water puts out fire, but nothing puts out water”
Hmmm, that one burned into my hard drive, especially being in this business. Gravity does control water though, and that’s what’s behind all basement waterproofing/ drainage systems. A very simple concept, just not that simple to implement when work needs to be done to those systems. It requires the cutting, drilling, breaking and removal of parts of the concrete floor and foundation in the problem areas. This is some of the most labor intensive work you can imagine, but is what’s required to get the job done.
What we can do for you
All phases of basement waterproofing: From sub-floor footing drain system restoration, to simple wall cracks. Especially Hatchway stairwell leaks, window well overflow leaks, chimney clean out leaks, foundation wall cracks, leaks at the floor-wall joint, leaks around the water, gas, and sewer service pipes. We also install sump pumps and sump pits to the highest standard.
Being a small company we specialize in the common, singular problems, like the leaking hatchway stairwells, window wells and wall cracks. Those are our signature jobs, which we have perfected the most reliable and effective solutions for.
Also, what really sets us apart from the competition, is our exceptional ability to evaluate, flush, clean, and restore the existing pipes that make up the sub-floor footing drain system. When the larger companies just want sell you a complete replacement system without even inspecting what you have, we can get your pipes flowing again for much less cost and residual impact.