If you are having water intrusion in your basement, you could be running the risk of having moisture problems affect the rest of your house. These moisture problems can cause damage to the foundation of your home or lead to further mold and mildew issues, even allowing termites to work their way in to do their damage. In order to prevent these issues from popping up, hire the professionals at Crawl Space Kings, LLC to waterproof your basement.
Common ways to spot Crawl Space moisture problems in your home include:
- Mold or moisture damage in the basement or living area
- Musty odors in the living area
- Condensation (“sweating”) on air conditioning duct work or equipment
- Condensation on insulation, water pipes or truss plates in the basement
- Buckled hardwood floors
- High humidity in the living area
- Insect infestations
- Rot in wooden framing members
How Does Water Get Into My Basement?
- During periods of heavy rain, water soaks into the soil and begins to move to the lowest level of grade
- Rainwater can also soak through the walls and form condensation on the inner block walls of the basement
- In a high humidity climate like we have in Alabama and Tennessee, foundation vents on a house can also be a serious source of water intrusion. Hot, humid air is allowed to pass through these vents and condensation occurs on HVAC ducts, floor joists and insulation
How Do I Prevent Water From Getting Back In?
When a basement is wet or damp, you must address the sources of the water if you want to permanently resolve the moisture issues. When a house is built on either a flat lot or a negatively graded lot, there is nothing that can be done to stop the water from collecting in the basement. The source of this water comes from ground saturation. When the ground becomes overly saturated, the water migrates under the French Drain and the footing and enters the interior of the basement. French Drains will not work to keep water out.
So, what then is the solution? Install a customized Interior Drainage System from Crawl Space Kings, LLC that will collect the water and remove it as fast as it comes in to the basement.
Basement Waterproofing (Drainage Solutions)
- A drainage trench is dug on the interior of the basement, usually around the perimeter
- Weep holes are drilled through the interior side of the base block
- Specialized drainage pipe is installed in the trench
- The pipe and trench is covered and filled with ¾ inch gravel
- We always prefer to use a gravity discharge to drain the water out of the basement, but sometimes a sump pump system is required