Solving Water Problems

Before hiring a waterproofing company, thoroughly investigate the effectiveness of the proposed system.

Drainage method. Waterproofers who use the drainage method solve water problems by removing the water pressure against the walls, foundation, or floor of the basement or crawl space. This often involves installing a drainage system around the outside or inside of the foundation walls. System installation often involves digging down through the basement floor next to the wall, installing the system, and then replacing torn-up sections of floor. Because the process of digging through the concrete basement floor creates a great deal of debris and dust, the work area must be sealed off from the upstairs living area before work can begin. Since the drainage system must be specifically designed for your home, hire a reputable company that will stand behind its work.

Injection method. The injection method is used to seal cracks in the foundation of homes. The crack is located, small holes are drilled into the crack, and an epoxy material is injected. This material expands, which limits water from entering the home. Once the entire crack is full of epoxy, the repair is complete. The injection method is not suitable for fixing all types of water-related problems; therefore, homeowners should consult with professionals before determining if the injection method is suitable for their needs.