When your basement was built, the foundation contractor should have installed a perimeter drain system and waterproofed the walls. Too often, this is not the case. Instead, contractors use cheap methods that are not effective at preventing water entry. These cheap shortcuts commonly used by many contractors contribute to an exterior waterproofing system that does not last for more than about 7-10 years.
What causes water issues? Moisture is transferred from the outside of the building to the basement interior by four primary mechanisms:
If you notice foundation leaks, damp walls, or musty odors, water may be entering your Florida home by one of these methods.
What should you do? If exterior water is making its way into your basement or crawl space you are in the need of proper exterior waterproofing. To properly waterproof your home it will need to be excavated. The footing will need to be exposed and all exterior issues will need to be dealt with.
Proper exterior waterproofing is no small chore and should not be attempted by unqualified people. Our team will clean the foundation walls and apply a polymer waterproofing product. This is then covered with a dimple board to allow water to flow downward. Next, a drain pipe system is installed that routes to a sump pump or to daylight. The drain pipe is covered with clean rock and a geotextile material to prevent soil from clogging the system. Soil backfill completes the process.
Also, keep in mind that if you are moving the exterior water to a sump pump system, this sump pump must be up to the task. We offer effective solutions for interior drainage as well as exterior.
For professional exterior waterproofing, contact Foundation Professionals of Florida. We serve Tallahassee, Lake City and Jacksonville, FL and the surrounding areas.