Is your basement leaking? Dealing with a wet basement can seem like an overwhelming task to any home owner. It can be particularly stressful when you already have a finished basement and the water is causing damage to the flooring and drywall. The thought of workers doing demolition in your house and creating all kinds of dust doesn’t sound very good to you. If only you could keep the mess outside where it belongs.
Well you have an option. Exterior basement waterproofing in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is becoming the most popular method used to dry up your basement. This is because it allows a contractor to do the work without having to tear your finished basement apart.
The first thing to note when it comes to exterior basement waterproofing is that it should be done by an experienced contractor who can do the job as non evasive as possible. These days, the work can be done neatly and efficient with specialized equipment and techniques. This type of work isn’t the type of job for an inexperienced homeowner. It takes skill and know how to do the work properly. Working in trenches can also be dangerous if you’re not experienced.
The first step in waterproofing the basement from the exterior involves identifying the problemed areas. This ensures that the contractor knows exactly where the problem is and only fixes what needs to be fixed. The area is then excavated to remove all the impermeable soil. This soil will not be reused so it’s hauled off and disposed of.
The second step is to clean the exterior of the wall with high pressure water. This ensures that the contractor has a clean surface on which to work. The wall is then coated with waterproofing or dampproofing materials. Drain Tile are installed which will carry the water away to a storm sewer system or sump pump. The trench is the filled with coarse stone which allows the water to travel to the drain tile at a rapid rate completely eliminating and hydrostatic pressure on the wall.
Common exterior basement waterproofing and dampproofing material in Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023.
The goal of waterproofing the basement from the outside is to ensure that water does not reach the basement walls. This prevents water from wicking as well as mold from growing on basement wall exteriors.
- Tar based products
These have been used for years and are the standard material used for most jobs. These are generally applied over a parged cement coating of some type. This type of material is generally considered a damp proofing material.
- Polymer based products
These Polymers are generally considered superior to the tar based products as they are highly flexible and will bridge a crack if it develops. The cost of the polymer is general 3 to 4 times the cost of a tar based product. Most of the time, these material are applied by specialized spray equipment. Polymers need to be protected from the backfilling material so need to be covered by insulation or dimple board.
- Vinyl sheathing or other sheathing materials
This is a popular method of waterproofing that involves the use of vinyl sheets or sheets made of other material used to cover the outside of the wall. The material is difficult to use in a waterproofing repair jobs as the conditions must be ideal for application. It is also very time consuming to apply properly. This material is generally used mostly in commercial applications.
If you would like an estimate, second opinion or general information about basement waterproofing in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, or the surrounding areas of Northeast Ohio, please contact DiFranco Contractors Inc at 440-946-2029.