Does Your Ashtabula Basement or Foundation Leak?
We specialize in basement waterproofing services for Ashtabula homeowners.
Basement waterproofing is often necessary when a home or building has a basement that is below grade (meaning below the ground). The last thing you want or need is water leaking into your home and it’s a very real problem for thousands of homeowners across Ohio on an annual basis. Finding a professional basement waterproofing company with extensive experience is key to solving your problem once and for all.
DiFranco Contractors Inc. offers both interior and exterior basement waterproofing throughout Ashtabula Ohio and the surrounding area. We offer waterproofing services to residential homes, commercial buildings, and any structure that has a below grade area that needs to be waterproofed. Generally, exterior waterproofing is the preferred method that we will use because it’s the most permanent fix but in some instances the interior methods will work just as well (and they can be less expensive).
Be cautious of any company that offers a combination interior/exterior method for all problems, as it’s generally a glorified interior method at the full cost of a premium exterior waterproofing.
What Causes Your Basement To Leak?
Clogged Perimeter Drain Pipes: There is a drain that runs around the perimeter of your homes foundation called a footing drain. These drain pipes are quite thick and come with with 1/2″ holes throughout the pipe for water to enter and be channeled away from your foundation. What ends up happening is these pipes get clogged and instead of channeling the water, they block the water and it ends up pooling beside your foundation.
Hydrostatic Pressure Buildup: This is essentially “water pressure” and it’s probably the leading cause of leaking basements. During the spring and fall, when rainfall is at it’s highest point, the soil around your foundation becomes saturated with water. This causes an intense amount of force on any walls (your foundation) that the hydrostatic pressure comes in contact with. This could be several thousand pounds of pressure pushing on your basement walls and it will force water into your basement.
Hidden Foundation Damage: Foundation damage caused by machinery (ironically when constructing the foundation) is actually quite common, especially when you hire someone who isn’t experienced with this type of work. A solid strike against your foundation with an excavating bucket can cause extensive damage to a foundation. This damage usually manifests itself months or years later in the form of cracks, that let water freely flow into your basement.
How Do We Waterproof Your Basement?
Solving your problem once and for all is our ultimate goal. Exterior waterproofing is a very simple system that works great and prevents basement wall deterioration. The impermeable soil around your foundation is excavated and removed and disposed of. All the drain tiles and downspout lines are replaced with modern pvc pipe with solvent weld joints that will not leak. Drain tile cleanouts are installed so the drain tile can be cleaned, maintained, and serviced in the future, an important feature many older homes do not have.
The basement or foundation walls are then pressure washed and coated with damp proofing and/or waterproofing materials. This seals any cracks or voids in the wall where water can penetrate the wall. In certain instances, the above grade areas of the foundation is sealed with a clear water repellent membrane so water doesn’t wick through this area either.
If specified, insulation is placed on the wall for insulating value and to protect the damp proofing/water proofing coating. The excavated area is then backfilled with #57 stone, one foot from the top of existing grade. This permeable stone is the heart of the system as it lets the water fully drain to the drain tile at the bottom. Topsoil is returned to the top and any plants removed are then replanted. The area of ground disturbance is then restored to the point you’ll never even know we were there.
Why Choose DiFranco Contractors Inc. To Waterproof Your Basement?
When you choose DiFranco Contractors to waterproof your below grade basement you are partnering with experienced professionals. You will deal directly with Gianni DiFranco (owner) with more than 20 years experience.
Gianni will consult with you on your project, provide you with your estimate and will be present for the work when your job is scheduled.
If you’d like to receive an estimate to waterproof your below grade basement in Ashtabula Ohio then please give us a call 440-946-2029 or fill out our contact form and we’ll be getting right back to you.