Foundation Waterproofing

We Provide The Following Services

  • Waterproofing
  • Foundation Repair
  • Foundation Crack Repair
  • Drainage Repair
  • Drainage Camera Inspection
  • Carbon Fiber Repair
  • French Drains
  • Drain Tile Replacement
  • Much More

The Difference Between Waterproofing & Damp Proofing

Waterproofing and damp proofing are methods used to protect against moisture, waterproofing is a more comprehensive approach designed to prevent water penetration, especially in areas prone to direct water exposure. Dampproofing is a less intensive method that controls moisture but may not be as effective in situations where water pressure is a significant concern. The choice between the two depends on factors such as the specific location, the severity of potential water exposure, and the construction requirements. The picture shows a waterproofing spray being applied.

Waterproofing and damp proofing are both methods used to protect buildings from moisture, but they serve different purposes and involve different techniques. Here’s a breakdown of the key differences between waterproofing and damp proofing.

Waterproofing: Provides a higher level of protection against water intrusion, making it suitable for areas where the risk of flooding or standing water is significant.

Damp Proofing: Offers a lower level of protection and is more focused on controlling moisture through materials that resist capillary action.

Foundation waterproofing offers the best initial line of defense against foundation water leaking. If you’re building a new house or undergoing significant renovations, it’s ideal to waterproof the foundation during the construction phase. At this time there is easy access to the foundation and a spray foundation is easier to apply.  This allows you to integrate residential waterproofing measures seamlessly into the building process.

Why is Foundation Waterproofing A Good Idea?

Waterproofing the foundation of your house  helps protect your home from various potential issues that can be caused by both moisture and water intrusion. Here are some some of the reasons you should think about waterproofing your the foundation of your home.

Waterproofing Can Prevent Water Damage: When you waterproof a foundation wall it creates a barrier that prevents water from leaking into your basement or your crawl space. This preventative measure will help avoid water damage to the foundation of your home. Water damage will lead to deterioration of the building structure, and promote mold growth.

  • Helps To Prevent Mold and Mildew: Moisture in basements will create an ideal situation for the growth of mold and mildew, which can have adverse effects on indoor air quality and contribute to health risks.
  • Protect Property Value: A dry and well-maintained foundation is essential for preserving the overall value of your property. Water damage and foundation issues can significantly decrease the resale value of a home. Waterproofing is an investment in the longevity and value of your property.
  • Protecting Possessions:  Waterproofing safeguards your possessions from potential water damage.
  • Improved Living Areas: If you use your basement as a living space, waterproofing is even more critical. A dry, basement provides additional usable living space and improves the overall living quality of your home.
  • Reducing Energy Costs: Waterproofing will help improve the energy efficiency of your home and will aid in preventing of damp air. You will find a dry basement is easier to heat and cool. This will help with the overall energy savings of your home.
  • Compliance with Building Codes: In most areas, building codes require proper waterproofing.  Compliance with these codes helps your safety and the structural integrity of your home and also keeps you compliant.
  • Prevent Flooding: All Waterproofing measures, such can significantly reduce the risk of basement flooding during heavy rains or storm events.

Waterproofing the foundation of your building is a proactive way to help protect your home from potential water-related events, preserve its value, and also to create a healthier and more comfortable living environment. It’s an investment and it pays as it protects the long-term structural integrity. These will result in reduced maintenance costs as well as improved overall home value.

How much do your services cost?

Each job is different that is why we give FREE quotes. We pride ourselves in being honest, knowledible and fair. We keep our prices affordable without cutting corners. We are in good standing with the BBB and most of our work carries a transferable lifetime warranty.

What industries do you serve?

We Service Residential, Commercial and Industirial. If you have  a concrete foundation problem we have a solution.

What Causes A Basement To Leak?

A leaking basement can have a variety of causes. Waterproofing is a common solution for preventing water intrusion, but there are other potential reasons for a basement to leak. Other possible causes could be:

Poor drainage: Something as simple as improving the grading around your home can prevent water from pooling around the foundation. Just make sure that the ground slopes away from the house and this will prevent water from collecting near the basement walls.

Plugged Drain Tiles: It is possible the drain tiles around your house is plugged and not allowing water to drain properly. Having the drian tiles scoped with a camera will discover the reason without escavation.

Cracks in the foundation: The foundation of a house can develop cracks, which may cause water ingress.   These cracks may not be serious but if they are leaking they should be checked out.  Sealing foundation cracks with epoxy and possibly carbon fiber can be an effective solution. This is a job that should be done by an experienced person.

Window wells: If your basement has windows, window wells can sometimes allow water to enter if not properly drained or sealed. .

Sump pump failure:  Regular maintenance and testing of the sump pump are important. Not all homes have sump pumps nor do they necessarily need one.

Hydrostatic pressure: High water tables or excessive rain can lead to hydrostatic pressure, causing water to force its way through the basement walls. A drainage system that is working will help with this problem.

Plumbing leaks: Leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures in the basement can contribute to water leaks.

Condensation: In some cases, moisture may come into the basement as a result of condensation. Good ventilation and some form of dehumidification can help control humidity levels.

It’s advisable to consult with a professional to assess the specific conditions of your basement and determine the best course of action. CrackMaster Concrete can help identify the cause of the issue and recommend appropriate solutions. Recommendations for water ingress could be waterproofing, drainage improvements, foundation repairs, or other possible reasons.

If you do have a basement with a water problem the first step is to find out the nature of the problem. In many cases the solution is not as expensive as you may think and usually a lot cheaper than having items in storage, or a finished basement being ruined.

Some of the items above are easy things for a homeowner to do and it is a good idea to make them a checklist to do periodically.  The items a homeowner can check off on their own are listed below.

  • Clogged Gutters & Downspouts-Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs. .
  • Install Window Well Covers: If the basement has windows with window wells, consider installing covers
  • Test and Maintain Sump Pump: If the home has a sump pump, ensure it is in good working condition by testing it regularly. .
  • Check Plumbing Regularly: Inspect plumbing fixtures and pipes in the basement for leaks.

A Drainage Camera Inspection Will Help Detect The Water Problem

If your basement floods, it could happen repeatedly if the problem is not corrected.  There is a lot you can do to prevent a flooded basement. CrackMaster Concrete has been keeping basements dry since 1994, that is what we do.  As experts in basement waterproofing, our services include basement flood prevention and waterproofing solutions of all kinds to give you the assurance your basement keeps dry after we leave.

A full-scale basement flood is a very damaging event especially if your basement is fully finished.  Water leaking into your basement can be caused by a few different things and sometimes it is not just one thing. That is why it is a good thing to be vigilant when dealing with a water problem so it does not repeat itself.

The easiest and most efficient way to ensure you will address the cause of basement flooding is to contact and have your basement inspected by a reliable and knowledgeable waterproofing company like CrackMaster Concrete. If you are experiencing a problem with a wet basement, foundation crack, waterproofing, or any foundation water-related problem feel free to call us today. We are knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Schedule a free basement waterproofing estimate today!

A Drainage Inspection Could Save Time & Money!

If a drainage problem is suspected then we are equipped to do a drainage camera inspection. It is a valuable tool for maintaining the health and functionality of drainage systems. It provides detailed insights, facilitates proactive maintenance, and can lead to cost savings by preventing and addressing issues in a timely manner.