A defective basement will cause all sorts of problems with the rest of a house. A sinking foundation, one with cracks or one that leaks continually all are cause for concern.
Here are three basement improvements that can help to alleviate these problems:
- Waterproofing – There are several methods for waterproofing a basement and most of them concentrate on the walls. Various types of barriers – both interior and exterior – can be considered. Some companies choose to add underground piping that relays the water from the gutter system away from the house while others choose to form a protective barrier on the basement walls. In addition, homeowners should consider methods of waterproofing the floor of their basement, as water can seep up through the basement floor.
- Foundation repair – The best-laid foundations still expand and contract because of moisture in the surrounding soil. Eventually, the foundation may exhibit a minor crack or even a failure in the wall. Both issues should be dealt with in a timely manner to avoid more damage. In the case of a crack, sealants are probably a very affordable solution. Wall failures, however, will require soil and wall stabilization and a consequently higher cost.
- Retaining wall installation – An underappreciated way to avoid basement repairs is to avoid the situation in the first place by installing a retaining wall a short distance away from the house. These are designed to hold back water and then channel it into a drainage or sewer, avoiding a build-up of water around the perimeter of the basement.
Making a basement wall repair is not rocket science, but it does require a degree of expertise and experience to do properly. For more information on these and other types of basement wall improvements and repairs, please contact us at Premier Wall Anchor & Waterproofing. We can be found online at PremWallAnchor.com or reached directly at 800.573.7170.