Exterior Basement Waterproofing
Drainage problems are hard to diagnose. You might notice puddles of water in your basement during rainstorms or water problems may develop slowly over time. Issues can go undetected for years; only becoming obvious when a foundation crack appears. Identifying a drainage issue and fixing it is important and must be done immediately.
While it is possible to take care of some exterior basement waterproofing jobs on your own, diagnosing the problem can be very difficult and deciding what approach to use for your exterior waterproofing basement repair requires professional experience. Installing interior or exterior basement waterproofing is a difficult task to undertake if you are not a professional. Weeping tile is very labor-intensive, requires a building permit, special equipment and expertise. Benji Dittrich Construction has the knowledge and experience in foundation repair and basement waterproofing. We are a professional basement waterproofing company that will help you solve your drainage problem.
Weeping tiles are porous 4-inch pipes used to discharge underground water.
HOW DOES WEEPING TILE WORK
How weeping tiles work is really quite simple. The plastic perforated pipes are placed into a trench around the outside perimeter of the home or inside, under the basement floor. As ground water rises, it flows through the perforated pipe and is discharged away from the house or to a sump pump pit where it is pumped away.
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF WEEPING TILE SYSTEMS – EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
EXTERIOR Weeping Tile manages sub-surface water before it can get into your basement. Surface water soaks into the ground, filters through the approved back-fill and clear weeping tile stone and then through the sock covered perforated pipe and channeled away from the house or to a sump pump pit.
Weeping Tile is actually not ’tile’ as we know it. Weeping tile generally refers to a type of piping that is used in drainage systems. Weeping tile is used mostly for underground drainage. It is a porous pipe system laid on in an aggregate formation to allow collection of extra water from the ground. This prevents groundwater from over saturating the surrounding soil.
Weeping tile pipe is a very simple design, generally made of hard plastic. The sides of the pipe are cut lengthwise in a series of minute slits. This is what collects water from the ground, allowing it to flow down the pipes. Weeping tile is used in conjunction with sump pumps, or is laid out to end in a sewer line.
The rocks or stones that you find around the weeping tiles promote drainage and prevent the pipes from getting clogged with dirt. This means the dirt stays out and water flows in. Weeping tiles will increase the efficiency of many regular drainage systems. In exterior basement waterproofing, weeping tile is installed beside the footing or just below the concrete inside a basement (around the perimeter of the basement walls) and are used in conjunction with a sump pump. Excess moisture is allowed to seep through the gravel and is collected by the pipes and drained away.
Installation of weeping tile is best left to professionals. Benji Dittrich Construction will save you time, money and any further deterioration of your home. Avoid costly mistakes and hire a professional, we have knowledge and experience and you only want to do this once.
Blueskin Basement Waterproofing
Blueskin basement waterproofing is a composite membrane consisting of an SBS rubberized asphalt compound, integrally laminated to a blue, high-density polyethylene film. The membrane is specifically designed for self-adhering to a prepared substrate, and provides a high-performance waterproofing barrier.
It creates seamless application and provides a monolithic basement waterproofing membrane. This combination provides a durable, basement waterproof barrier that is tough and flexible and can stretch to continue providing protection even if new foundation cracks develop after the membrane has been applied.
After the parging layers have dried, a primer is rolled on and then the Blueskin basement waterproofing is applied over the primer. The priming layer provides the perfect surface for the Blueskin waterproofing to adhere to and provides a small amount of damp-proofing on its own. Remember, the Blueskin is providing waterproofing not just damp-proofing.
Blueskin has CCMC approval
The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC), which operates within the National Research Council of Canada, offers a national evaluation service for all types of innovative building construction materials, products, systems and services. CCMC evaluations are supported by the latest technical research and expertise and are based on the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada or Provincial/Territorial Building Codes.
A sump pump is a pump that is used to remove any water or moisture that accumulates around the walls of your house. Water enters via perimeter drains or a basement waterproofing system like a weeping tile around the walls.
A sump pump is a key component to keeping your house dry even during the heaviest rain and snow falls.
In order for the sump pits and sump pumps to work properly they have to be properly maintained. Typically you should inspect your equipment once a year, however in houses below ground level with a lot of potential water leak inside; pumps need to be examined more frequently.
It is usually easier to repair the sump pump itself which will eventually fail due to mechanical wear, rather than to repair flooded basement if you let the problem with sump pump to go too far.
When examining your sump pump, you should also try and clean it from gravel, sand and other debris. This will increase efficiency and extend the life of the pump.