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Insight To Help You Keep Your Home's Basement Foundation Free Of Water Intrusion

Gregory Walker

Keeping your basement free of moisture leaks is important to the health and comfort of your family. When exterior soil moisture levels are high, water can seep through your home's foundation walls and into your basement. Here are some methods to help prevent water intrusion and keep your basement dry:

Exterior Treatments

Exterior Waterproof Treatment

When water in the soil around your home's foundation seeps through the foundation walls, it can cause interior moisture problems. You can prevent it from entering the foundation in several different ways. First, hire a professional waterproofing company to apply a protective barrier on the outside of your basement foundation walls.

This method requires the professionals to excavate the soil away from the foundation so they can install the barrier from the base to the top of the concrete foundation. They may use a backhoe or a mini excavator to remove the soil from the exterior of your home's foundation, install the waterproof barrier onto the outside of the concrete, then replace the soil.

French Drain

You can also install an exterior French drain around the outside of your home's foundation to catch any excess soil saturation and divert it away from your home's foundation. The diversion is accomplished with a length of pipe extending away from your home. At the end of the pipe, install a dry well in the soil, where the water will seep into surrounding soil. A French drain is usually installed on any exterior walls of your home that have interior moisture intrusion problems.

Excavate the soil from the foundation of your home and down to the footers of the home so that you can set the drain pipe at the level of the footers. The trench only needs to be a couple of feet in width to allow you to set the drain pipe and a layer of gravel around the pipe in the bottom of the trench. You can use a trencher, which you can rent at most equipment rental businesses, to excavate the soil to the appropriate depth and width.

Once the drain system is installed, back-fill the soil around your home's foundation. Be sure to slope the soil down away from your foundation, which will help divert roof runoff away from your basement and foundation to further help keep your home interior dry.

Interior Protection

You can also install a French drain system on your basement floor, around the perimeter of the basement. This will require you to excavate a trench around the perimeter of the basement floor. If your basement is finished, you will need to remove any finished flooring and cut out the concrete floor where you plan to install the drain system.

Within your basement, you will also need a sump pump installed on the floor to pump any collected water out of your basement through a drain pipe to the outside of your home. You can hire this work out to a professional basement waterproofing specialist, or complete the work yourself.

Contact a company like Sovereign Excavation & Construction Solutions for more information and assistance. 


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A Welder in the Office

Hi, I'm Caroline. Welding has always been really fascinating to me. One day, when I was at work in my office, we had a leaky pipe in the ceiling. After calling a plumber, he called a welder who came to repair the large, open pipe. As we were all sitting there trying to work, the welder just came in and started repairing the pipe! I had never worked on a construction site before, and I probably never will. But I started thinking about what it would actually be like to work on a construction site, which led to me exploring construction themes and writing this blog!