Interior Basement Waterproofing

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Wet Basement?

Interior basement waterproofing is used when an exterior weeping system has failed and/or outside is inaccessible or undesirable.
This system is installed under the basement floor and water is directed to a sump pump pit, then discharged away from the house. A 12-inch wide by 12-inch deep trench is cut around the entire perimeter of the basement.

Interior Weeping Tile System

Interior Weeping Tile System


A perforated pipe is placed inside, filled with clear gravel and covered with concrete. Compared to exterior waterproofing, an interior weeping tile system is less expensive (since no excavation is involved) and is a proven, effective basement waterproofing method. Interior and exterior waterproofing are both good methods, but the best waterproofing method for your home may be different than of your neighbor.

Ask us which method is best for your leaky basement situation, each method is used in different circumstances and our professionals will assist you in deciding which method is right for your home.

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Interior Basement Waterproofing
Interior Basement Waterproofing

Interior Basement Waterproofing is an effective way to redirect water that is entering the basement.

Interior weeping tile is used when exterior weeping tile is not accessible or in certain applications. If your basement is finished and used as a rec-room it may not make sense to demolish the interior of your rec-room to install an interior weeping tile system.

And the same can be said for exterior weeping tile systems; if the outside walls are not accessible. Interior basement waterproofing can be effective and is a cheaper alternative to exterior weeping tile. But interior weeping tile systems are not always the right type of repair. Many variables need to be considered.

Cracked Basement Wall

Cracked Basement Wall

For example if one of your basement walls is cracking and water is entering that crack; installing an interior drainage system may alleviate some of the problems but will not fix the crack in the wall.

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Pressure Cracked Basement Wall

Incorrect exterior fill (impermeable fill) not allowing for drainage is one of the leading causes of bowing basement walls.

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If the interior system reduces the water it will alleviate some of the pressure but it will not change the fact that the fill outside your home is not allowing water to drain. When the water doesn’t drain it will sit in the soil causing pooling and build up.

Soil Pressure on Foundation Walls

Soil Pressure on Foundation Walls

This causes pressure to build against the basement wall. Basement walls are only designed to handle so much pressure. The freeze thaw cycle will put added pressure on the foundation and cause damage over time.

It can be tempting to want to save money now by ignoring the problem, but waiting to address your basement waterproofing can lead to a big expense in the future. Do your research and understand which method is best to solve your wet basement problem.

Your home is an investment, take care of it. The best way to keep you basement dry and free from mold is be preventative. Don’t wait for the big flood to do something because then repairs just got more expensive.

Hiring a professional who has experience with all of these types of basement waterproofing solution will help you determine if you are using the correct method to fix the real drainage problem for good.

Sump Pumps

A Sump pump is a pump that is used to remove any water or moisture that accumulated around the walls of your house. The water can enter via perimeter drains or waterproofing system like a weeping tile around the walls. A sump pump is a key component to keep your house dry even during the heaviest rain and snow falls.

In order for the sump pit and sump pumps to work properly they have to be properly maintained. Typically you should inspect your equipment once a year and more often in the wet season. It is usually easier to repair the sump pump itself rather than to repair flooded basement. When examining sump pump, you should also try and clean it from gravel, sand and other debris. That will increase efficiency and extend the life of the pump.

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