Basement Waterproofing in Michigan | Advance Building
Basement Waterproofing in Michigan | Advance Building In Michigan
Do you have basement leaks?
There are a few condtions that develop over the years that could cause your basement to leak in Michigan. If your basement leaks at the base of your wall and basement floor, your drain tile that is located at the base of your footing on the outside and runs along side below your footing could be plugged with soil, or you could have a broken tile that has collapsed causing the system not to work efficiently.
You also have a bleeder that is located at the center of all four walls and goes through the footing and into the basement that will also be clogged by soil and stop outside water from running through the drain tile and sending the water from getting to your main drains most of the time located at the rear of your yard. This causes the water to build against you wall on the outside causing it to put pressure on you walls creating cracks and water eventually seeping in to your hollow blocks causing black mold, paint to bubble (if painted) or white powder to build on walls.
Eventually water seeps in at base of wall where wall and floor meet. If you have poued walls water will seep at base also but take longer to happen because your wall are solid concrete but eventually will seep at base where wall and footing meet. When you have poured walls your rod holes will leak over time. You have one towards the top of wall and near bottom about 16" a apart through out wall.
Whether you have a basement wall that is poured or built out of block there are only to ways to stop the leaking.. Waterproof walls from the outside which consist of excavating along side of house 16" wide from wall and going to drain tile which are located below basement floor on the outside of wall. Remove existing soil and haul away, apply mastic tar, visqeen (plastic) and styrofoam on wall from top of wall to bottom of footing. Remove existing clay crock drain tile and install new fabricated plastic drain tile and connect to bleeders located at center of wall.
Before connecting to bleeders make sure they are tested and water is running through and not backing up. If water backs up use a plumbing snake to unplug and test by running water through. begin back fill over tiles with 2 to 3 ft pea gravel and backfill rest with soil. Waterproofing from outside stops water from seeping inside block and will stop black mold, and having a damp moisture in basement and of course no more water!!
You can also stop leaking by doing the inside sytem, which consist of cutting the basement floor about 16" away from interior wall and installing a new set of tile on inside to collect water seepage from outside. wholes are drilled in wall at base below the base floor allowing water to drain from inside of block and into drain tile.
Keep in mind water first has to enter block which still means wet walls, black mold, mostiure in the walls, that does not go away but you won't see water anymore because it is being re routed into new tile below foor. A plastic white panel is installed from base of floor to top of wall to cover any discoloration of wall like bubble in paint, white powder, and black mold.
Typically if you have a finished basement or children spend l time there you would want to waterproof from the outside. Waterproofing from the outside can be more costly then the inside system but it is the way to go if you can afford the extra cost.
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