Routine cleaning and maintenance of gutters and downspouts will keep the rain water channel away from your home and foundation. You want to make sure water runs a minimum of 4 feet away, so keep your soil grading higher next to the foundation which will allow the rain water to flow away from your foundation.
Secure your downspouts especially at the elbow to make sure water is not dumping and running down the corners of your foundation. These steps will also help prevent surface water intrusion into your basment and or crawl space.
Consult your city, township and your home insurance if you're experiencing storm drain, sewer back up, flash flooding, earthquake and/or mine subsidence. Our sub-floor systems are designed to address ground/hydrostatic water problems.
A few things you should know when you're pump shopping. Periodic pump test to make sure your sump pump(s) are fully operational and ready to handle a rising water table. If you live in an area known for a high water table, it doesn't take a long or heavy rainfall to make your pump work harder and longer than those who live in a lower water table area. We recommend purchasing a pump with a minimal 3-5 year manufacturer warranty and be sure to ask your service professional their policy and procedure in the event a malfunction occurs during this time frame. At Greentree Waterproofing we will remove, return the pump to the manufacturer and replace with a new sump pump, one time service fee $125.00.
Water Guard If you're planning to finish your basement area, we highly recommend the Water Guard as your back up source which is maintenence free, but requires a licensed plumber to install the water line itself while we do the rest.
Battery Back Up Unit Another option is a "Battery Back Up Unit" which in the event of a electrical power outage this unit will continue to pump approximately 6.5 hours allowing time to replace the main pump, if that is the cause which triggered the alarm to sound off. Maintenance we recommend replacing the deep cycle battery on this unit every 3-years and to run periodic checks by unplugging your main pump and allowing the back up unit to kick in.
Droughts & how to prepare for rain when it does fall
Continuous dry weather along with full exposure to the sun can and will cause the soil next to the foundation to pull away causing the seals around gas, water and sewer lines, and in severe cases, a drought can and will result in new foundation cracks and foundation shifting.
A good practice during a drought is to make note of all new and existing foundation cracks, place a mark where they begin and end, monitor these areas during long periods without rain for changes.
Property Owner Free Inspection - Cost Analysis
Foundation Crack(s) Repaired
Epoxy Injected Crack(s)
Hydrostatic Pressure Relief Systems (Basements & Crawl Spaces)
French Drain System (Surface Water Issues)
Egress Window Installations (Emergency Fire Exit + Increase Square Footage)
Pump & Back Ups
Seal Foundation Wall(s)
Downspout Extension with Clean-outs
Sub-Floor and Sub-Soil Drainage Systems:Also known as the hydrostatic pressure relief system, addresses ground water issues such as seepage where the wall and floor meet, stairway and floor meet, scattered cracks in the floor causing puddles in a basement. Constuction techniques have improved over the years, but homes built in the 1970's or earlier are more likely to have very little water protection. Products such as clay drain tile or corrugated do not stand the test of time as newer drain tile products.
In a crawlspace water has no where to go but up, thus causing a muddy crawl, a breeding ground for mold and mildew. These systems are covered under a Life of the foundation warranty which will transfer to future buyers.
These problems do not go away and will worsen over time. There are not considered "a little seepage problem" to a new home buyer who believes they are purchasing a dry basement and crawlspace or if you're wanting to utilizing the space. Our estimates are free to home and business owners and we will work with your Real Estate Agent to make sure that both the buyer and the seller have a good closing and no surprises down the road. Home sellers don't sell yourself short by minimizing your seepage problems, so call for your estimate today.
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Sub-Floor Drainage System (exposed)
Finger System (floor cracks)
Crawl Space completed
Escavating a leaking wall
Sump Pump and Pit installations
Egress Window with Grate
Egress Window (exterior view)
Egress Window Basement Exit
Routine Exterior Check up
Gutters: Make sure your gutters are functional, secured and cleaned out routinely, you'd be surprised the difference it will make, especially if you have mature trees on or close to your property. This is a major problem for a foundation. Water must be kept away from a home or commercial building.
Downspouts: Need to be secured not allowing water to puddle next to the corner seams of a dwelling. Downspouts need to be extended at least 4 feet from the structure. A splash block at the end of each downspout will help disperse the water. Water should never be allowed to puddle or pound next to a foundation. Corner cracks with seepage will develop if exterior maintence is not routine!
Grading: Keep the grading next to the home built up with the highest level next to the home, so that water runs down and away from the foundation. Backfill where necessary to eliminate standing water and if you notice sunken areas, check your gutters above to make sure they are secure and performing their function.