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Basement Waterproofing

Frozen Sump Pump Discharge

Your sump pump is only as efficient as it's ability to discharge the water away from your home.  In many situations the drain tile under your basement floor or outside your foundation walls is tied into a basin or pit.  Inside this basin is a sump pump that is activated by the rising water.  The purpose of this pump is to eject the water from the pit (when it reaches a certain level) away from your house either into the sewer stack or, more frequently, out into the yard.  While this latter system is very effective, it can be problematic this time of year as discharges can become frozen.  If your sump discharge is frozen the water cannot pump out and this can cause the pump to fail.  If you suspect that this is happening in your home first try to melt the water in the discharge line.  If you are unable to do this, or wish to stop this from happening again, give Atlas Restoration a call at 866-841-6639 or log on to our website and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

Can Melting Snow Cause My Basement To Leak?

With the change of seasons, Atlas Restoration is regularly asked the question "Can melting snow cause my basement to flood?" While the long answer can get a bit complicated, the short answer is yes.  Considering the ground is typically still frozen under the snow pack it can prevent water from draining into the soil beneath.  This process can create pooling on the surface of the ground which can send the water over the top of the foundation wall and into the basement or crawl space!  While proper grading around the structure will help to mitigate this issue there are times where it is insufficient.  If you are getting water in your basement or crawl space during the change of seasons, a free thorough inspection and a 15 point Hydro-Structural Evaluation by an Atlas Restoration representative is your best bet at stopping the problem from ever happening again.  Click on the following link to see our Homeowner Waterproofing Symptom Checker to confirm your problem and schedule a free inspection:

A Few Facts About Wet Basements

• Wet basements create the perfect environment for termite activity.

• Trapped musty air in basements travel to upper living areas in buildings.

• Wet basements are a breeding ground for excessive mold and mildew.

• Drywall mildew is known to be toxic.

• Wet basements promote allergies.

• Wet basements add to humidity throughout the entire the house.

• Heating damp air is costly, as wet basements take more energy to heat. 

• Proper waterproofing can as much as double useable basement space.

To learn more about how to repair wet basements click on the link below:

Polyurethane Foam Crack Injection

Concrete Cracks

Cracks in concrete caused by shrinkage are a common foundation problem. Cracks due to shrinkage and are easy to detect, since they almost always extend through the full thickness of the foundation wall. Unfortunately, such large cracks also indicate a path for water entry. 

Where Cracks Most Commonly Appear

Common areas for cracks in concrete due to shrinkage are above a doorway, under your basement windows, or around the middle of a large poured concrete wall. Cracks above doorways indicate that the foundation has "stepped down." As soon as cracks form in your basement or crawl space wall or floor slab, water has the perfect pathway to your basement, right through these cracks. 

How to Treat Your Crack Problem

Although the unfortunate case often occurs where concrete control joints are not put in place in residential construction, there are a number of ways to take care of leakage due to cracks. Atlas Restoration has a quick, easy, and effective solution to this grave problem. Our most-used repairing solution includes injecting of liquid polyurethane, which forms into foam into the cracks. Injecting in liquid form enables a gentle and slow filling treatment of the basement crack that will fill the crack completely and quickly. In just a few minutes, the polyurethane liquid react with the water in the crack and begins to foam. In fact, water is the exact element that changes the liquid into foam. 

After the liquid forms into a foam, it restricts water from leaking into the cracks. The foam is effective enough to fill voids in the soil outside the basement as well. The strong bond formed by this foam to concrete is strong enough to tolerate even the most severe pressure caused by heavy rains and faulty roof runoff systems. forms a strong bond to the concrete. High underground or "subsurface" water levels are typically caused by heavy rains and most-often by faulty roof runoff systems. 

Polyurethane Injection Has the Following Advantages

  • Ensures a more permanent solution than all other crack patching methods
  • Repair occurs only on the inside of the basement wall, creating much less mess from repair
  • Quick repair process that effectively halts water leaks. 
  • Complete confidence that your possessions will be safe from water, and your basement free of water leakage. 


How Do I Know If My Drain Tiles Are Working Properly?

Since your floor's footing tiles are not visible and typically cannot be adequately seen by a sewer camera, the only sign that they are working properly is if seepage through the floor, or around the floor/wall joint is detected. If such seepage occurs, and your sump pump is working, then your drain tile system is not.

Click on the following link to learn more about basement waterproofing and foot tiles, or to schedule your free inspection:

Basement Waterproofing Benefits

Consider the following advantages of basement waterproofing:

  • An increase in your home's property value.
  • A structurally sound foundation.
  • A healthier home environment for you and your family.
  • A warmer basement during winter.
  • Increased living space for work or leisure activities.
  • A more attractive and more comfortable home. 

To learn more about basement waterproofing benefits or to schedule your free inspection and evaluation click on the following link:

What is the Best Time of Year for Waterproofing?

Most repairs can be done year round, even during extremely cold or wet weather. Winter is actually a good time for repairs as most contractors are not as busy. Delaying a waterproofing repair is never a good option, since water problems only get worse and the potential for additional damage increases. Click on the following link to schedule your free inspection:

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