Do you have basement water problems?
Keeping the basement of your home protected with basement waterproofing is important, whether you use the basement as a living space or just for storage. That's why here at Iowa Foundation Pros we provide only the best waterproofing services available in this area. Without a properly designed and installed basement waterproofing system, water is able to get into a basement in a variety of ways, including: over the top of your foundation (poor yard grading or drainage), leaking in through windows with clogged well drains, making its way through leaky wall or floor cracks, at the cove joint (where the wall meets the floor), or the water could even be a result of a plumbing problem within the home, such as a leaking or broken pipe. When water lays stagnant below a home, it can cause a variety of problems from minor to severe. Determining the cause of the moisture and how it's able to get into a home is step one in the waterproofing process. Once this is determined, the proper repair technique can be figured out. We offer both interior and exterior basement waterproofing services.
Basement Waterproofing Systems & Services
Interior Waterproofing Systems
Often times, when water is getting into a home through wall or floor cracks, or through the cove joint because of a rising and falling water table around the foundation, the best and most effective solution is to take care of the problem from within the home with interior waterproofing systems and solutions. We install waterproofing products designed to meet the specific conditions, in our service areas, and these systems have proven time and time again to be very effective when it comes to taking care of water issues. Our systems are installed timely, and they will be able to put a stop to water getting into any home. Once your basement is dry, you will be able to finish the space to add on extra bedrooms, a playroom for the kids, a home office, a home gym, family room, or anything else you would like. If you would like more information about these particular systems, please read more about them below, or feel free to give us a call at any time. Our experts are waiting to hear from you.
Edge Drain Basement Waterproofing
The Edge DrainBasement Waterproofing System components are only used in conjunction with a drain tile application. It is engineered to take the incoming moisture at the cove joint, the area where the wall and floor meet, and divert it down under the slab into a drain tile system which is installed alongside the foundations footing, the base of the foundation. Its patented design with a rubber seal on the back presses against the wall to aid in preventing moisture and soil gases, such as radon, from entering your home, helping to create a healthy environment in your home. Edge Drain is available in 2 height configurations to accommodate a finished basement or an unfinished basement.
Wall Drain Waterproofing System
The wall drain system has a low profile wider design. This design allows for adequate floor thickness to be poured back over the wall drain once the installation is complete. The wall drain system’s wider design allows for adequate water flow while reducing hydrostatic pressure caused by poor soil conditions from when your home was originally constructed. Our Waterproofing systems are designed to work in conjunction with radon mitigation systems to make your basement a dry and healthy environment.
Waterproofing outside of the basement will involve taking care of exterior foundation cracks. Often times, water is able to get into a home through cracks on a foundation deep below the ground. To take care of this problem, we can dig around the damaged wall and apply an exterior waterproofing membrane which will stop water from penetrating through the crack and getting into your home. Exterior waterproofing also involves taking care of poor yard grading or drainage issues which may involve water pooling up in certain spots on your lawn.
One of the home saving waterproofing systems we offer to residents is a basement sump basin and sump pump systems. Sump pumps are used to send water out and away from a home. They are built with a pit or basin in the basement floor. Water from the interior and/or exterior waterproofing systems is drained into the pit, and once water inside reaches a certain level, it will be pumped out and away from the home to a safe distance away from where it won't be able to seep back into the soil and into the home again. Our sump pumps are specially-designed with the basement environment in mind. They are durable, tough, and will be able to handle the amount of moisture that this area below your home sees on a regular basis. These systems also come with a clear lid that is installed over the pit for easy inspection or maintenance. This also protects the pit from anything that may accidentally fall on top of it. We offer our sump pump services in the greater Des Moines area.
You may also consider getting a battery back-up sump pump installed for additional protection against moisture damage. This can be necessary in case the main pump ever malfunctions for any reason, or if your home happens to lose power. The back-up will automatically activate on its own, meaning you don't need to worry about pressing any buttons or switching anything on your own. This provides a guarantee that your basement will be protected at all times, no matter what, against the dangers of moisture.
There are some additional sump accessories that are automatically installed with our sump pump system, including a high water alarm which will notify you in case the pump has stopped working and there is a risk of water getting out and damaging your basement. These systems also come with a check valve which prevents water from the sump line from draining back into the sump basin after water has already been discharged from the home.
Better Sump Baskets
Energy Efficient, High Flow Sump Pumps
Iowa Foundation Pros uses tough, reliable sump pumps in all of our basement and crawl space systems. Our pumps use cast iron or stainless steel construction (depending on pump series used), and are continuous duty rated for worry free operation. Our pumps are also highly energy efficient, using up to 172% less energy than conventional pumps, and come with a no hassle 3 year warranty on all systems. Please view our sump pump PDF by clicking here to learn more about this advanced waterproofing system.
The Complications of Basement Waterproofing
If a homeowner refuses to take care of this water problem in their home, it can result in a lot of problems. Moisture here can cause wooden materials to rot, such as support beams and floor joists. This can jeopardize the structural integrity of your entire home. What's more is that the moisture can lead to the development of mold, which is typically dark green or black in color. When mold grows, it releases spores into the air. This can cause a variety of health problems for you and your family.
Three Types of Leaks
Locating where water is entering your home is key to choosing the appropriate solution, so an inspection of your basement will be needed before we propose a repair solution. Iowa Foundation Pros provides qualified design professionals to inspect your property to prepare a proposal for the proper repair.
- Through the walls: A common basement leak is due to seepage through wall cracks. A cracked foundation will continue to deteriorate and will eventually leak, and this seepage will get worse over time. Other possible areas in the wall where water can get in are through tie rod ends, honeycombed concrete, and pipe penetrations.
- Through the floor or floor/wall joint: Most modern homes are built with an exterior drain tile system around the footing to keep water from creating pressure against the floor or cove area (floor/wall joint). Some drain tiles run into the sump pump, others to the city storm sewer system. If seepage occurs in this area, check your pump's operation first, if that is working normally, then your drain tile is not properly functioning.
- Over the top of the wall: Water entering at the top of the wall, between the concrete and wooden sill-plate is a serious issue. The soil grade has been built up outside the home, higher than the concrete. Homeowners, in their efforts to keep water away from the foundation, build the dirt level higher than the concrete wall, creating a seepage problem through the below-grade brick or siding.
Leaky/Wet Basement Repair Services
Regardless of how water is able to enter your home, we have the perfect solution for you. We make use of waterproofing products and systems, including sump pumps, drains, and more. Don't let these issues stand in your way, contact our professionals for wet basement repair immediately and see how we can transform your basement into a beautiful living space. We service many surrounding areas of central Iowa.