Before you initiate any sort of basement remodeling project, you need to first find out the actual root cause of the problem you are being encountered with, be it repair work regarding water leakage, seepage or even basement floor crack repair.
A very common problem of hydrostatic pressure in ground water is water seepage and leaky basements. This may occur due to a heavy rainfall that causes rise in the ground water level, or change in water flow’s direction towards your residence or building, mainly because of some construction work going near the premises. Due to any one of these reasons, the water tends to collect around the foundation of the premises and seeks its way into seeping within the concrete walls and draining inside the basement. If this problem is ignored for a period, it may also result in cracks in the foundation that could prove highly risky for the whole building.
Become a Basement Waterproofing Specialist
You can become a basement waterproofing specialist by using such strategies, which involve exterior waterproofing done using steel sheets. However, this may not last forever, with time the steel may get rusted by exposure to moisture and expand, giving way to seep into the concrete.
You can also apply the strategy of keeping the ground sloping away from the premises, which is the ground surrounding the foundation of your house or building. In this way, if the water table rises or the ground water tends to seep into the soil, it will channel itself away from the premises by sloping outwards, instead of towards it. Also, make sure that the water tubes, which are channeling the rainwater from the roof down to the ground, are long enough or at least 5 feet away from the building so that the water does not seep into the soil and instead finds its way back to the foundation for seeping in basement’s concrete walls.
Also make sure that if you’ve planted any plants near the foundation they are at least 12 inches away from the foundation. Since water can seep into the sides of the foundation, while plants are being watered. In addition, the plants must be planted on a sloping surface, sliding away from the foundation. In this way, when the water seeps into the ground, the plant’s roots will protect from directing it away from the foundation and acting like a natural hurdle.
Basement Floor Crack Repair
If you notice a crack in the basement walls and it is travelling all the way to the height of the wall, it is likely that water is seeping through such a source. Do fill in such cracks, you can find construction-grade epoxy or other associated chemicals, that can be injected into the cracks. These solutions block the gaps and control water seepage. It is best that you take professional help from crack technicians to cure them for a more reliable and effective outcome.