Getting the Most of Your Basement Waterproofing Experience

Congratulations on your Basement Waterproofing System. We believe our 30 years of experience is the best in the post-construction industry. Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of your investment. Your contract warranty includes seepage through the walls and floors; however, there are some items every homeowner should be aware of.

Beware of a pour or inadequate grade, whereby water shedding off your roof will not run toward the foundation wall. Puddles that build up or simply flow toward a wall can find simple cracks to bleed into your basement. Many people will count on gutters to remove this water, however, they often overflow, are not cleaned or in heavy down pours, simply overflow their capacity. Beware the discharge of the gutter and be sure the large square footage of the roof is not bleeding back toward your foundation wall. When gutters fail, the grade becomes your last line of defense for surface water. We strongly believe the minimal investment that maintaining your grade will far exceed the cost of installing gutters. It should be your first line of defense for surface water from your roof and surrounding your foundation. The bentonite can act as a raincoat, but without a proper grade, it’s like not wearing a rain hat and allowing water to run down your neck.

If you have a sump pump installed, you should consider the amount of water that flows through your system, as well as how often or the possibility of losing electrical power.  A battery back up unit dedicated to your sump pump can provide 6-8 hours of normal use.  The battery back up units we provide allow you to use the same 3,000 gallon per hour pump that you currently have, rather than having to install a DC Marine Bilge Pump above your existing pump. Simply, if your sump pump is not deep enough, the DC Bilge pump may not be able to kick on low enough to provide adequate evacuation of water from your basement. Of course, volume and the speed your system fills are things to consider for any type of back up system.

Although our Zoeller M-53 sump pumps are considered to be the industry standard, any man-made mechanical item can fail at anytime. Our pumps carry the 3-year warranty through Zoeller. An additional sump pump can be installed in a separate sump well or, often times, along side of your sump pump and be plumbed in and energized ready to go in case your pump fails you mechanically. Certainly this installation can prevent the after hours “what do I do now?” panic scenario. If this is a concern for you, please feel free to contact our office for more information on our Piggy Back Sump Pump Installations.

If you begin to notice an orange color in your water or any part of your system, this may be a result of iron in your water and you should be aware that bacteria could arise and begin to clog your system. If you notice iron in your ground water, Basement Waterproofing Inc., recommends treating your system with a product called ‘Iron Out’ to treat your system. Simply mix a strong solution and pull back the black plastic and pour it in. You can even unplug your sump pump and allow your system to back fill and spread the Iron Out through your system. Don’t forget to plug your pump back in though, as this will flush your system, as well. The Iron Out will kill the bacteria that feed off the iron in your ground water. If your system clogs with the bacteria, it certainly could plug the system up and this product should be available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, etc. You can always call our office if you have any questions concerning iron in your water. We are always available for advice or a visit to your home.

Mold Prevention is a growing concern and for good reason. Remember that as humidity levels increase during June through the decline in September, a Humidex is a great product to consider to help control excess humidity in your basement. Running a dehumidifier is another option, but certain limit the result at a $35.00 a month expense in your electric bill. Most dehumidifiers are undersized for the cubic footage required to operate effectively. They are also designed for a closed cubic footage area, so open cellar doors, windows, crawl spaces, etc, will render them useless by design and function.  You simply will draw in more air into the air space than the dehumidifier can remove.

BW Inc. would advise you to open up your sump well lid and be sure the bottom is not collecting excess debris, either dirt or stone, about once a year. If present, simply remove and re-install your cover. This is always a good idea to become familiar with your sump well.

If you ever have any concerns about your Basement Waterproofing System, we hope you will call and we are happy to go to your home to answer any questions you may have.  We appreciate your patronage toward our company.

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  1. Nash Rich on May 16, 2016 at 11:45 pm said:

    It makes sense that you want water flowing away from the home, not towards it. We didn’t have gutters for a week last summer, and a huge rain storm came, and water went everywhere. Gutters really do a lot more flood prevention than I thought.

  2. Derek Mcdoogle on October 26, 2016 at 12:36 am said:

    You stated that puddles that build up or simply flow toward a wall can find simple cracks to bleed into your basement. My neighbor called me late last night because their basement had flooded from all the rain. Do most contractors have specific kinds of techniques they use to waterproof a basement? Hiring a professional contractor to come and waterproof the basement might be a good idea.

  3. Luke Smith on February 6, 2017 at 11:49 pm said:

    Thanks for talking about the growing concerns for mold prevention and the importance of keeping it outside of your home. I imagine that water getting in the basement could cause many problems in addition to mold, such as structural damage, but the mold would most likely have the biggest long-term health effects. Hiring a contractor to waterproof the basement would be a really good way to make sure that you keep your home mold-free and safe.

  4. John Mahoney on April 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm said:

    Thank you for talking about the importance of making sure you the water from your roof flows away from your house. It makes sense that keeping this in mind can help you make sure you avoid problems and save a ton of money. I can see how anyone looking into this would want to consult with a professional and make sure they have a plan and system in place in order to reduce damages and accidents.

  5. Ken Hwan on July 24, 2018 at 5:20 pm said:

    I really appreciated your advice to keep an eye out for an orange color in your water, since that may be a sign of iron in your water. My brother recently moved into a house with a basement, and ever since then, he has been worried that all of the rainstorms are going to ruin his basement. I will be sure to tell him that he should look for an orange tint in his water, and if he finds it he should waterproof his basement!

  6. Sariah Meagle on July 31, 2018 at 5:46 am said:

    My brother was cleaning our basement when he noticed that there’s orange water on the floor. It was explained here that an orange water may mean iron water and should be aware of possible bacteria. Furthermore, it’s advisable to hire professional waterproofing contractors for quality service.

  7. Derek Dewitt on August 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm said:

    My wife and I want to finish our basement this year, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about a sump pump battery can last 6-8 hours of normal use. We’ll be sure to check the battery to ensure it can handle pumping water if the place ever flooded.

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