exterior basement waterproofing

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

Exterior Basement Waterproofing Membrane

An exterior basement waterproofing membrane or an interior basement waterproofing system?  That is the question!  Many people I visit tell me in so many words, “I want to know what will fix my problem”.  I hear from potential customers they have had a couple basement waterproofing contractors in to look at their basement and they get different opinions from each one.  That is very frustrating to the consumer and to me quite frankly.  Almost all basement waterproofing companies have a “system” they prefer and they sell it to everyone they meet. There is no one solution that solves all basement water seepage problems.  Let’s take a look at what type of problem exterior basement waterproofing solves.

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Wet basement walls are a result of failed seal on exterior of foundation

If you have wet basement walls, wet higher that the bottom row or two of block, this means water is seeping into your foundation at ground level or at some point mid way.  How water seeps into the foundation is through cracks and through failed foundation sealing.  What causes this can be a variety of issues such as gutter and downspout issues, bad grading, sloping patios etc… However, fixing the cause usually doesn’t dry up the basement wall because the damage is done.

There are two ways to achieve a dry basement, with an interior solution or with an exterior solution.  But for those who want actually fix the problem of water seeping into the foundation wall, you have to stop the water from getting into the wall in the first place with exterior basement waterproofing.

The process of exterior basement waterproofing involves excavating down to the bottom of the foundation.  Then the walls are cleaned of debris etc… to prepare for application of a waterproof coating.  All cracks and gaps are filled in and a waterproof coating is brushed, rolled or sprayed on to the foundation sealing up the porous surface. Then a waterproof membrane is applied to completely waterproof the foundation.  At Pioneer we apply a dimpled membrane which gives added benefits of air gap technology and a bit of cushion against the soil pressure.

 

 

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Exterior basement waterproofing with dimpled membrane

New foundation drainage is installed.  This step is as critical as the sealing of the foundation.  The new foundation drainage should be 4″ PVC perforated pipe and it should have a pitch, or downhill slope, towards the evacuation point.  The evacuation point is either a sump pump system or a gravity drain that either exits the surface somewhere away from the foundation, or ties to a city drainage system. Many contractors do not ensure proper flow of the drains away from the foundation because most municipalities do not require it.  I know that sounds crazy and it is.  This problem of drains not flowing properly is very prevalent in new construction.

After drainage is installed properly a back fill of gravel is installed over the foundation drains.  Top soil is then installed over the gravel with a positive slope away from the foundation.

 

 

 

Interior Full Wall Basement Waterproofing System

Interior Full Wall Basement Waterproofing System

So how do you achieve a dry basement on the interior? Interior drainage can be installed below the floor along the footer to collect and direct ground water away from foundation.  Interior waterproof panels can be applied to the basement walls giving you a waterproof, dry and maintenance free basement wall surface.  This is a good solution for some people who may not want to dig up the exterior for what ever reason, or they simply do not want to invest in the exterior method.  Weep holes are installed in the foundation to drain water that may get into it allowing the wall to drain, dry up as well as breathe.  There may still be dampness in the foundation with this method like using waterproofing paint, but it is sealed off from the basement giving the homeowner a dry basement space and the foundation can drain and dry through the weep holes.  Using waterproofing paint can dam up water inside the foundation.  Water laying in the foundation will lead to paint failure and can also lead to decay.

If your basement walls are mostly dry but have a few areas of dampness, a combination of interior basement waterproofing and an exterior basement waterproofing membrane can be installed to give you a dry and healthy basement.

Call Pioneer Basement Solutions today for a free, no obligation review of your foundation.  We will evaluate the overall condition structurally and review the condition of the foundation waterproofing and drainage system.  Once issues are identified we will review causes and all potential solutions.  We take the approach of educating and advising our potential customers so they can make the best possible decision about their basement concerns.  No sales games, no sales pressure.  Straightforward answers and straightforward pricing.

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Waterproofing a basement

Waterproofing a basement

When looking at options for waterproofing a basement there are only three.  You can waterproof your basement from the outside, from the inside or a combination of both to some degree.

You should start by identifying what type of problem you have.  Most basements have either a problem with surface water getting to the walls or ground water building up from below.  The symptoms of each are quite different.  For the most part surface water problems will lead to wet basement walls and ground water problems lead to wet basement floors.

If you have wet basement walls that are wet more than just at the bottom row or two you likely have a surface water intrusion into the basement wall from the outside.  This causes bubbling paint, white powder on the walls, mortar rot and can lead to weakness and cracking of the foundation. Waterproofing a basement from the outside will restore the exterior seal of the basement / foundation wall preventing water and dampness from getting to it.  Our multi step process starts with excavation of the basement walls to the bottom of the footer exposing the entire foundation.  Next we clean the surfaces for a thorough inspection looking for weak points and cracks. We them repair the basement foundation cracks and weak points before applying a full seal coating to your basement walls.   The “icing on the cake” is the unique dimpled air gap basement waterproofing membrane that is bonded to your foundation walls resulting in a guaranteed dry foundation wall.  New PVC footer drains are installed with gravel and the soil is put back with a nice positive grade away from the foundation walls.

Waterproofing a basement from the outside

Exterior basement waterproofing membrane for permanently dry foundation

 

Note: It is very important that your roof water is directed away from the foundation.  Overflowing gutters and improperly draining downspouts are major contributors to wet basements and wet basement walls.

You may not need exterior basement waterproofing if you have paint on your basement walls that is more than a year old and it still looks like it did when you painted it.  Basements that leak water on to the floor through the seam where the wall meets the floor typically are a result of ground water build up.  These issues may result in wet basement walls at the bottom row or two but the remainder of the wall is all or mostly dry.  Waterproofing a basement from the inside may be a great option if this is your basement.  In fact, if you have water under the basement floor the only way to dry that up is from the inside.  Exterior drains will not get water under the floor since the foundation separates the two areas.

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Level water trough installed on top of footer has no slope to drainage point and holds water

Waterproofing a basement from the inside, commonly called interior basement systems, involve drainage installed under the basement floor relieve the “hydro-static pressure” or water pressure in the ground that builds up around your foundation. There are many companies that offer this type of solution for wet basements but they can vary greatly in design and performance.  Look out for systems that are level.  Level water trough systems that are installed on top of the footer or next to the footer hold water.  Only when water fills the trough can it build up movement as it seeks a level and make its way to the drain point.

Look for a system that is a true interior footer drain.  A true interior footer drain is installed in a trench down next to the footer and it slopes down hill towards the drainage point, usually a sump pump system.  There should be about 1/2″ fall for every 10 feet of drain pipe to promote a good flowing drain and many municipalities actually require this method.

 

 

 

If your basement has mostly ground water issue and some areas of the basement walls are wet, a combination of interior and exterior basement waterproofing may be a good solution.  In some cases there is a wet spot on a basement wall that is not reasonably accessible from the outside.  An interior waterproofing system for the wall may be a good alternative in this case.  Interior basement waterproofing panels are non permeable, meaning non porous.  So they will not grow mold or mildew in them and they are a vapor barrier as well.  This stops any wicking or transmission of exterior dampness into your basement space and it is a permanent, maintenance free solution.

Waterproofing a basement from the inside with waterproof wall panels

Interior Full Wall Basement Waterproofing System brightens up your space and is maintenance free!

 

No two basements are identical and there is no one size fits all solutions for wet basements.  Be on the look out for basement waterproofing companies that have a “system” that they are promoting.  Typically they are patented or the sales person says they are the only ones who install a particular product or technique.  This is a marketing ploy to attempt to stand out in the crowd. The best companies will have capability to customize any solution to fit your needs and solve your wet basement problems whether waterproofing a basement from the inside or the outside.

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Basement foundation repair

Basement foundation repair

We have seen an increase in customers searching for basement foundation repair recently due to foundation settling, basement walls bowing and shifting and other foundation problems.

There are different problems that would dictate different solutions so first we’ll review the three solutions and then take a look at what each solutions is designed to fix. First you have foundation stabilization, second foundation piering and lastly foundation replacement.

Foundation stabilization is basement foundation repair that stops bowing basement walls from bowing further and can even involve straightening bowing basement walls.  If you see horizontal cracks in your basement wall or walls and these cracks are open then you have bowing basement walls, foundation movement that is causing the wall to push into the basement along the crack. bowed basement wallThe cause of this problem could be one of many different possibilities.  The builder may have back filled the soil too quickly causing a minor crack that worsened over many years.  A sloping patio or driveway could allow water to get to the wall causing the soil to expand and thus causing the crack, roof water overflowing at the foundation can cause soil to expand creating pressure enough to crack the basement wall.  A heavy freeze can cause soil to expand and develop a crack in the foundation that worsens over time…and so on.

To straighten the bowing basement wall it needs to be excavated, removing the soil from along the foundation.  This in itself may cause the wall to relax back into place, or a system of jacks can push the  wall back into place.  The variable is if the crack was filled in.  If so, it can only close as much as the crack is open so a filled in crack will not allow the basement wall to be straightened.

You do not have to straighten a bowing basement wall if it is less than two inches out of plumb in order to permanently stabilize the foundation.  Fortress Stabilization products which are a mesh of carbon fiber and Kevlar can be applied to the basement wall to lock it into place.  This product causes tension on the face of the wall which diffuses soil pressure and the wall will not move further.  This is a permanent solution to bowing basement walls. Learn more here.

 

Foundation piering is basement foundation repair that stops a foundation that is settling or sinking in the soil underneath.  If you see vertical cracks that are open at the top and get tighter at the bottom of the foundation wall, or cracks that are in a stair step pattern you may have a settling foundation that needs piering to corr ct the problem.

Foundation settling

A sinking home is actually a very common structural problem which is seen on homes in nearly all areas of the country. The problem can be attributed to poor soil conditions around the home, or from improper building techniques being used during the time when the structure was being built. Regardless of the cause of the issue, it is something that must be taken care of immediately before additional damage is done to the structural integrity of the home.

To correct the problem of a settling foundation we install foundation piering which is pushed deep within the earth into bedrock or stable, load-bearing strata. The pier will be able to stabilize the foundation and in many cases, level, and lift the home back up to where it needs to be. The Stabil-Loc piering system is installed directly underneath of the footings for direct load transfer unlike other piering systems which are helical or offset next to the footings. Learn more here.

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Bottom of wall has broken off and is sliding out of place due to decay

Foundation replacement is required when basement walls are deteriorated to the point that they are no longer structural, or when the basement wall has bowed in more than two inches and not a candidate for straightening, or when the foundation has broken off along a mortar joint and is sliding out of place, also known as sheering.

Foundation replacement involves a full excavation of the area, removing the foundation wall, ensuring the original footings are solid or replacing them if needed and rebuilding the basement wall with new cement block.  New waterproofing and drainage are installed to ensure the new structure will last.  To learn more about foundation replacement click here.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a basic overview of the three types of basement foundation repair available.  If you are experiencing basement foundation problems consult with a reputable professional basement foundation contractor who is full service offering all types of solutions.  Many contractors offer one solution and train sales people to sell their “system”. Not all problems can be solved with a one size fits all approach.

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How to make a basement waterproof

How to make a basement waterproof

We just came out of what seemed like a never ending rainy season that kicked off after a never ending winter, which led to a lot of leaky basements and homeowners asking how to make a basement waterproof.  Firstly any basement waterproofing contractor promising to make your basement completely waterproof should be questioned and some homework should be done to investigate any BBB complaints.  Bottom line is that your basement is in a hole in the ground and no one can control mother nature completely.  However; short of natural floods that push water into basements through windows etc… you can actually waterproof your basement and stay dry when your neighbors are getting out the shop vacs.

So we should define what waterproof means as it relates to your basement.  Waterproofing stops water from getting into your foundation. Your foundation four the sake of this conversation is the basement walls.  So to truly have a waterproof basement you would need to apply a waterproof membrane to the exterior of your basement walls to stop water from getting into your foundation. If you have wet basement walls higher than the bottom row or two of block then that means water is entering your foundation above the floor level and the original waterproofing seal is compromised.  In this case you have a surface water issue and exterior basement waterproofing will actually waterproof basement walls and dry up your basement.

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Wet basement wall / water entering high in foundation

Exterior basement waterproofing membrane

Exterior basement waterproofing membrane

 

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Dry foundation walls but leaking through wall floor seams are fixed with interior footer drainage systems.

Now I may confuse the matter a little.  If your foundation is dry, that is if your basement walls are dry, but you have water that leaks through the edges of the floor at the wall – floor seam or up through cracks / weak points of the floor… then exterior basement waterproofing may not solve your problem.  You may have a ground water problem in this case which may require a different approach to dry up your basement.  Ground water problems usually show only after sustained periods of rain or fast heavy downpours.  The leaking appears at the wall – floor seams after these sustained conditions occur and may even continue to seep even after the rains stop.  This is because the ground water is building up around your foundation from below and has nowhere to go other than in to your basement until the water subsides to below your floor level.  In this scenario an interior basement waterproofing system will catch the water from below the floor level and prevent the build up, relieving the hydrostatic pressure that pushes the water in.  Ok, so to call it “waterproofing” is not the best definition since it is actually a ground water control system also called a hydrostatic pressure relief system.  The term interior basement waterproofing has become the generic label for these systems although technically it does not consist of a waterproof membrane.  Nonetheless, you will have a guaranteed dry basement with an interior drainage system if you have a ground water problem.

 

 

This type of system is installed level and is not sloped to drain

This type of system is installed level and is not sloped to drain

 

 

Not all interior basement waterproofing systems are equal.  Some systems are simply an evolution of the old baseboard gutter that the DIYers would glue to the floor to keep water from running through the basement.  these systems are channels that are installed level under the floor on top of the footer.  Level is the operative word here, level means water lays in there and creepy bugs love water.  Look for systems that consist of a true footer drain installed below the floor and is pitched to run downhill to the evacuation point. Furthermore any water that is building up under the floor has to push up into the drain on top of the footer to get to the drain maintaining the water level at a very high point.

 

 

There are always exceptions, meaning some basements need a little bit of a combination of methods to solve the problems and ensure a dry solid foundation.  Look for basement waterproofing contractors who do not sell a patented system.  These businesses train sales people to sell their unique system to everyone they visit which is the one size fits all mentality.  It is the only thing they can sell so they are very good at convincing unwitting homeowners that theirs is the latest and best solution.  They will even go so far as to say the are full service and can sell you any solution.  They will review different methods and point out why it won’t work narrowing you down to the one they sell…it’s like the old slight of hand card trick.  Look for contractors who are truly custom and demonstrate problem solving skills that lead to a solution or combination of solutions that fix your unique basement water leaking problems.

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How to straighten bowing basement walls

How to straighten bowing basement walls

Many people lately have been asking me how to straighten bowing basement walls. Let’s start by looking at what causes bowing basement walls.  There are a few likely causes for the horizontal cracks that lead to a basement wall bowing in.

One is right after construction of the foundation the contractor could have put the dirt back around the basement walls too soon, too fast or without properly bracing the walls first causing a hairline fracture.  As this dirt piles up against the foundation it creates pressure against it.  When rains come or snow melts the settling soil gets heavier and expands creating even more pressure and can cause minor movement to major issues with these cracks.  It can take several years or even decades for these cracks to become structural concerns.  Or one simple event.

Another possibility is heavy machinery along the foundation.  Trucks and equipment driving next to the foundation push the soil downward and can cause pressure against the foundation resulting in cracks.

Negative grade of the soil, driveways and patios against the foundation can allow water to run towards the foundation causing major swelling of the soil and decay of the foundation resulting in weak points cracking and bowing in.

Large trees too close to the foundation can cause all kinds of problems including large root structures pushing against the foundation casing horizontal cracks that bow in over time.

So back to how to straighten bowing basement walls.  First you should eliminate any obvious contributing factors such as the ones mentioned above to prevent future issues. To properly straighten a wall you must excavate the soil away from it on the outside relieving the pressure and giving the wall the room it needs to go back into proper position.  I hear people asking me about wall anchors and they have been told the wall anchor will straighten the wall without excavation.  They usually have a perplexed look as they even say it and I tell them their suspicions are right on.  You cant push a wall back into place against the soil and straighten it up which is why wall anchor installers never guarantee the wall will be straightened at all. Wall anchors are giant clamps that clamp the wall to the dirt outside.  As the dirt moves through normal expansion and contraction the homeowners are to adjust the giant bolts coming through the wall to be sure they have correct tension.  I have seen these anchors cause wavy walls / indentations due to the focus points of the clamps…not good.

So back to the proper technique.  After the soil is removed a system of jacks and brackets can push a wall back into place all at once.  NOTE…you cant straighten a wall back to original position that has had the open crack filled in.  These fillers stop the wall from closing back up.

Once the walls have achieved the best possible position you must stabilize the wall to be sure it doesn’t open back up after the soil is put back.  We use Fortress Stabilization straps for a lifetime structural guarantee, a permanent solution that doesn’t need maintenance.

All that being said there are other factors such as foundation material type and condition of the mortar joints which may limit the possibility to straighten your foundation etc… We offer a no obligation no sales pressure consultation and can evaluate your specific needs fitting you to the best possible options.  We are not a one size fits all company, we offer all solutions.

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How to fix a wet basement

Every homeowner I visit asks me, “what the is the best way to fix a wet basement?” If you have done any homework on basement waterproofing or if you have been interviewing basement waterproofing contractors you are undoubtedly getting some differing opinions.

One problem is that the industry has a reputation for having unscrupulous pushy salespeople that will camp out in your house until you sign or you throw them out.  And then there are those who tell you there is only one way how to fix a wet basement which is of course the only option they offer.  Some companies are a combination of both of these issues (clue: if they have a patented system then they are selling that one system to everyone regardless of if it is the best solution for you).

There are two types of basement seepage problems and each one has a different solution.  There are those basements that have wet basement walls which are more than just the bottom row of block.  This is an indication of water getting into the foundation from surface water activity.

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Wet basement wall with efflorescence is a sign of surface water problems

You could do an internal basement waterproofing system in this case but you will still have a damp foundation.  The best way to dry out the foundation in this case is to restore the waterproofing seal on the outside by installing exterior basement waterproofing.  If that is not an option there are solutions that will give you a dry basement such as full wall interior waterproofing panels but again, there likely will be dampness that you can’t see behind the panels.

If on the other hand your basement walls are dry but you get seepage down low where the floor and wall meet, you likely have a ground water problem under the foundation – especially of you see heaved floor cracks, discolored areas in the floor etc…  When ground water builds up under a basement floor the best way how to fix a wet basement in this case is with interior sub floor footer drains that will get the water before it builds up to floor level.

Look for basement waterproofing contractors that offer all methods of basement waterproofing.  This can be tricky now because the ones who sell the same system over and over are now catching on that they should say they are full service and then steer you to the solution they install.

For a no obligation inspection and estimate on what will fix your wet basement call Pioneer Basement Solutions.  Pioneer has been serving North East Ohio since 1979 with a Perfect Award Winning Customer Service Record!  Pioneer offers all basement waterproofing and foundation repair solutions and does not send out a trained sales killer who will press for an order or use pricing games.

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Compare basement waterproofing solutions

Compare Basement Waterproofing Solutions

Many people get confused when trying to compare basement waterproofing solutions.  Knowing how best to fix your wet basement can be tough if you do not do your homework before sitting down with basement waterproofing contractors.  There are different ways to fix wet basements and some are better than others depending on the cause of your basement leaks.

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water seepage through bottom of basement walls

Achieving a dry basement may not actually solve your foundation leaks even though you do not see water in your basement any more.  First determine what type of problem you have by identifying if the water seepage is caused by surface water such as rain or snow melting and getting into your foundation / basement walls… or if you have a ground water problem which is caused by inadequate foundation drainage resulting in water build up below. When comparing basement waterproofing solutions you will learn some methods will give you a dry basement but not actually fix the problem.

If you have wet basement walls, or basement wall cracks that leak very soon after a rain event that is an indication that surface water is entering your foundation from top to bottom.  Many people first try to build up the soil around the home to slope the water away which may or may not be good to do.  NOTE: For the most part, if the soil around your home is flat or has any grade / slope away at all you are likely ok there.  Do not add soil unless you raise the level of the foundation coating / exterior basement waterproofing to the desired dirt level otherwise you can be making your problem worse.  Most likely wet walls means the original foundation seal is damaged or gone allowing dampness or water to soak into the foundation.  This causes the peeling and bubbling paint / discoloration etc…  You can achieve a dry basement by installing an interior basement waterproofing system;HOWEVER, to fix the cause of the problem in this case the best solution is to stop the water from the outside by installing a new exterior basement waterproofing system.

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Exterior basement waterproofing membrane

If you have water that only comes in under heavy conditions, it doesn’t come in until after the conditions have persisted awhile, walls are mostly all dry especially up high and the seepage happens at the wall floor seam…then you likely have a ground water problem.  Under this scenario ground water rises after a heavy precipitation event / heavy snow melt event to the point that it builds up around the base of your foundation.  Many homes either do not have drains under the basement floor to carry this water away or the drains that were installed by the builder were not properly designed to flow away.  Some drains used from the 70’s through early 2000’s were the black corrugated pipe that has very small slots in them for the water to enter and these can easily get covered by a minimal amount of silt slowing the drainage down to the point of being ineffective.  This type of drainage is no longer acceptable for basement waterproofing of new homes under current building codes for this reason and others.

An interior basement waterproofing system will catch ground water as it builds and prevent it from ever reaching the floor level.  A true system will be called a footer drain and will be installed well below the floor next to the footer.  The footer is a solid concrete “sidewalk” that is typically 18″ or more wide and at least 8″ thick top to bottom.  This is the base the block walls are build on in most homes since the early 1900’s.  Older homes will still benefit from this solution since there definitely was no drain designed into the original construction and the drains would be install at the base of the foundation.

This type of system is installed level and is not sloped to drain

This type of system is installed level and is not sloped to drain

The key to an effective interior basement waterproofing system is that the footer drains are installed with a down hill pitch or slope so that they will drain efficiently.  When you compare basement waterproofing solutions installed from the inside, beware of basement systems that are installed on top of the footer.  These are level gutters that collect water at the floor level.  Water will lay in these gutters until it builds up enough of a level to push its way around to a draining point.  laying water means mold, mildew, bugs, odors etc…   This is simply an upgrade from the old plastic baseboards you can by and glue to the floor to collect water and keep it off of the floor.

There are several other things to consider and no two basements are identical.  We do not believe in a one size fits all solution and we thoroughly review each basement before making recommendations.  Pioneer Basement Solutions has a perfect customer service record with no complaints ever in the history of our company established in 1979!

  

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Comparing Basement Waterproofing Systems

Comparing Basement Waterproofing Systems

Having a wet basement can be one of the most frustrating experiences a homeowner can have, maybe just as frustrating when comparing basement waterproofing systems available from various basement waterproofing contractors. Waterproofing contractors typically choose a solution or waterproofing method that they stick with regardless of the basement water problem.

You will find several basement waterproofing contractors that only install interior basement waterproofing systems and they often have a very convincing reason why you will end up with a dry basement for the least amount of mess and investment.  Interior basement waterproofing systems will collect water building up underneath the basement floor which typically leaks out at the wall and floor joint / seam.  This is a good solution for ground water build up and really the best solution if water is coming up through cracks in the basement floor away from the perimeter.  If you have surface water problems however and your basement walls are wet or leaking water this may not be the best solution for your foundation.

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Interior basement waterproofing system.

Interior Full Wall Basement Waterproofing System

Interior Full Wall Basement Waterproofing System

 

Exterior basement excavation

Excavation of exterior foundation

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Installing basement waterproofing membrane over the resealed foundation

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Neat and clean job site after full excavation!

Wet or leaking basement walls up high of mid-way down the basement walls are an indication that the seal on the foundation is no longer functioning properly and water is running through the basement walls.  This problem can result in mortar rot and decay of the foundation that will eventually lead to structural integrity issues.  The best basement waterproofing systems for solving a wet foundation wall is to fix it on the outside by performing a full excavation of the foundation to the very bottom.  Exterior basement waterproofing systems should consist of a coating on the foundation walls, repairing cracks and weak points and a waterproof membrane installed over top.  Combined with new exterior footer drains in gravel that take the water away from the foundation this system will restore and protect your foundation for decades giving you a very dry basement.

The best basement waterproofing contractors are those who impartially offer all basement waterproofing systems and will evaluate the problem that is causing the basement water leak. They will then recommend the solution that will solve the source of the problem and any options you may have.

Pioneer is a full service basement waterproofing contractor established in 1979 with perfect customer service.  We evaluate the cause of your basement issue and only recommend what you need, what will best fix your basement waterproofing problem.

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Basement waterproofing Cleveland Ohio

Basement waterproofing Cleveland Ohio

You may find that doing a search on Google for basement waterproofing Cleveland Ohio returns a long list of results and wonder how do you qualify a handful of companies for a visit.  There are some easy qualifiers you may already have considered but to play it safe will will cover them.

When was the company established?  You will need to look at a third party resource to find the answer, or to confirm the claims of the contractors.  The Better Business Bureau is a good place to go for this.  The Better Business Bureau will list the date the business was established, when the business joined the BBB and if they are Accredited Members.  Watch out for a claim like “75 years experience” because this usually means it is a young company that is adding up the employees’ years of service in the industry to get one big number and get you eye off of their actual years in business.

Another great qualifier would be what type of labor is used by the contractors listed under the search for basement waterproofing Cleveland Ohio.  Employee labor can mean better consistency of quality work, better “ownership” of the finished product and better protection under insurance coverage.  Be sure to check for Workman’s Compensation insurance and liability insurance before hiring a basement waterproofing contractor.  By scanning the company websites you should be able to spot this in the “About Us” area as any contractor having these qualities will want to point them out.

Look for any awards or special recognition from third party organizations such as Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau.  Read customer reviews and or complaints to get a good idea about how the basement waterproofing company deals with customer service and honoring warranties.

If you have leaky basement and have done a search for basement waterproofing Cleveland Ohio give Pioneer call today!

 

Searching for a basement waterproofing contractor in Ohio

Searching for a basement waterproofing contractor in Ohio

Searching for a basement waterproofing contractor in Ohio can be challenging as the industry has a track record of some unscrupulous characters.

The obvious first place to look is length of time in business.  Be careful though to look closely as many a basement waterproofing contractor have used lines like “years experience”.  If you see “years experience it may be a red flag that the company hasn’t been in business for very long.  It is common for new companies to add up the years of experience of the employees in an industry and post “100 years experience” in order to look impressive.

searching for a basement waterproofing contractor in ohioVisit the Better Business Bureau to see when the company was established.

Look to see if the basement waterproofing contractor offers more than one approach to basement waterproofing.  Many contractors only sell one solution instead of offering several basement waterproofing systems but again, this can be tricky to determine.  There are polished companies out there with presentations that will lead you to believe they do all types of waterproofing; however, they will walk you down a path to get you to logically choose the one solution that they actually install.  A dead giveaway for this approach would be the word “patented” or “trademark” or something that no one else supposedly can do.  You can bet that all of their customers end up buying that patented system.

If you have ever had a home improvement sales person in your home before then you are likely dreading the dog and pony show and the “close” at the end.  If the basement waterproofing contractor sends out a sales person trained on how to sell their system, try to get them off of the presentation.  If they get lost or confused or insist they stick to their presentation you can bet they are working a strategy to get you to say yes on the spot.  Look for a company that sends out an inspector who knows more than just how to sell waterproofing, look for someone who understands all options and construction techniques to get the best possible consultation.

If there are “today only” discounts…well enough said.  That ship has sailed years ago, no one believes those scams anymore.  But just in case you haven’t heard about the biggest one…watch out for the “flex” or “stand by” type of close where you agree to be on call for install date to fill in the gaps that open up in their schedule.  Malarkey.

Pioneer Basement Solutions was established in 1979 with no complaints ever with BBB and several consecutive years of award winning customer service.  No sales team, no gimmicks and no trying to sell more than you need to solve your problem.

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If you are searching for a basement waterproofing contractor in Ohio that operates with honesty and integrity at their core, call Pioneer today

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