What is basement waterproofing and how do I know if I need it?

what is basement waterproofing

In the Pittsburgh area, many homes have basements that are often utilized for additional space or the creation of extra rooms. However, the region's frequent rainfall can elevate the water table beneath the ground, exerting pressure against your foundation. This pressure can lead to water leaks seeping through cracks in your floor and foundation walls, or in more severe cases, basement flooding. Improper lot sloping can accelerate this issue, especially when rain and runoff are directed toward your basement walls. Common basement leaking issues typically result from challenges related to the water table, pressure, flooding, poor lot sloping, and rain runoff.

What is basement waterproofing?

Basement waterproofing is a set of techniques and solutions to prevent water from entering or causing damage to a basement. The goal is to create a barrier that shields the basement from water seepage, moisture, and potential flooding.

How do I know if I need waterproofing?

If your basement shows signs of mold, moisture, leaks, or water seepage, you should contact a waterproofing expert. An experienced waterproofing contractor from Advanced Basement Solutions will properly assess the damage to your basement and then set up a system for repair.

We will do a thorough inspection of the water seepage and cracks in your basement, determine where the water is originating from, and discuss the best solutions to keep your home permanently dry.

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What basement waterproofing solutions do you offer?

Our basement waterproofing solutions include:

  • French drains
  • Sump pumps
  • Battery backup systems
  • Interior wall coatings
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Vapor Barriers

What are French Drains?

If you are experiencing recurring problems with a wet basement and water seepage low to the floor, an interior French Drain could be the perfect solution. An interior French Drain is a trench that redirects surface water and groundwater to flow into a sump pump basin.

For more information on French Drains, click here.

How will a sump pump and battery backup system help keep my basement dry?

A sump pump helps eliminate existing water problems and provides a completely livable and healthy basement environment. A sump pump needs electricity to function; therefore, a battery backup system is essential in providing peace of mind during a power outage.

For more information on sump pumps and battery backups, read our recent blog on six reasons why it’s important to have both in your basement.

Sump Pump Waterproofing Solution

What wall coating options do you have?

Advanced Basement Solutions uses high-performance waterproofing materials to stop water seepage within your walls and keep your basement dry and airtight. These include Safewall Waterproofing Panels, Roughcasting, and Flexi-Seal Vapor Barriers.

For more information on high-performance interior wall coatings, click here.

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Do I really need a dehumidifier? 

Yes! Controlling humidity in your basement or crawlspace is one of the most important steps you can take in protecting your home, ensuring your comfort and safeguarding your family’s health.

Protect your home with a quality Santa Fe dehumidifier; contact us today.

How does a vapor barrier protect my home?

At Advanced Basement Solutions, we use a product called Flexi-Seal. Flexi-Seal offers a revolutionary approach to fully seal off entire basements and crawl spaces, effectively blocking external moisture, mold, and ground vapor. Learn more about vapor barriers here.

What other services do you offer?

Many of our services overlap. Oftentimes, water issues impact more than just your basement. In addition to basement waterproofing, we also offer:

  • Foundation Repair
    Your basement and/or foundation walls are designed to hold the load of your home on top of them. Factors such as water pressure, frost, age, settling, pressure from tree roots, deterioration, and lateral ground movement can create stress over time causing your foundation and/or your basement walls to bow, crack, or even collapse. If you notice foundation issues, please contact us.
  • Yard Drainage
    Yard drains, downspout lines, and driveway drains help prevent issues that can impact your foundation, structure, yard, and lower levels of your home. If you are interested in learning more about these solutions to help protect your home, reach out to us!
  • Crawl Space Repair
    Crawl spaces play a crucial role in supporting the rooms above them, making it essential to guarantee they are adequately insulated, structurally sound, and free from water intrusion. At Advanced Basement Solutions, we provide high-quality crawl space repair services to safeguard your home against potential water damage, leaks, and other related issues!

Have questions or ready to schedule?

All of our services and solutions are performed by certified company technicians; we never hire subcontractors to perform our services. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Call us at 412-341-2660 to schedule an appointment for your free estimate (restrictions may apply). If you have any other questions or comments, please contact us.