Waterproofing Basement Floors

‘58 Foundations has been the leader in solving wet basement floor issues since 1958.

We’re happy to offer free inspections and price quotes to keep your basement dry!

When water is leaking into your basement, the space becomes unusable. You can’t take advantage of this part of your house as extra living space, or even for storage. Fortunately, there are proven ways to solve basement water problems. Read on to learn about waterproofing basement floors, and other basement waterproofing details.

 

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Wet basement floor. Most basements leak at the seam where the basement floor and wall meet. This is due to hydrostatic pressure forcing standing water beside and beneath the floor up through this small joint.

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Strongest Lifetime Warranty

Our lifetime warranty offers the highest level of protection available. If you had purchased a '58 Foundations System in 1958, your warranty would still be valid.*

Licensed & Highly Trained Staff

We pride ourselves on our professionalism. Every member of our team is highly trained, licensed, and insured. We leave nothing to chance.

Budget Friendly Solutions

Our foundation repair and basement waterproofing experts will design solutions with your needs and your budget in mind. No fear of high-pressure sales.

Solutions That Fit Your Needs

At '58 Foundations we develop solutions that will permanently solve your issues - without unnecessary add-ons.

"They did a great job and restored the basement floor to its original condition as well as making sure they left the workspace clean.

-Heather G., Lynchburg, VA 24501

Yes I was worried about all the drilling and where the dust would go. But when I went to see the job there was no dust it was so clean and neat it looks so good.

-Barbara G., Kodak, TN

The people who came out were really terrific. They were super friendly walked me thru everything during the whole process. In the end they left my basement, yard and driveway cleaner then when they arrived. I wish you all did other contracting type of work!

-Joseph W., Maryville, TN

Very thorough and courteous. They left the basement clean and orderly. The team of Chris, Ryan and their helper were the best.

-Joseph W., Maryville, TN

Absolute 10!  Greg was very professional, on time with the appointment and explained in detail the extent of how the job will be done. Very knowledgeable representative and answered all our questions thoroughly.

-John G., Pylesville, MD

Richard and Chase were courteous, very careful with my carpet, steps and cleaned every mess they made. The walls and floor look great!

-David B., Glen Burnie, MD

10. 10. 10.. Richard especially was always cheerful.  I love all the white covering and how clean it now looks. I think the dehumidifier is doing the job as my floors are not popping any more. Take care.

-Jolene O., Richmond, VA

I loved working with Bill! He was great and very informative without being overbearing. I also heard lots of good recommendations when I mentioned to friends I was using ‘58 Foundations!

-Deborah S., Knoxville, TN

Great explanation of what was going to be done then afterwards walked me through everything to show that it was in fact done. Great personality of the crew and very respectful/professional.

-Thor J., Macon, GA

EXCELLENT. Great communication. Job well done and did everything you said you would do when you said you would do it. Can't ask for any more than that. Thanks.

-Tausha P., Knoxville, TN

I went down to the same areas and they were dry. I never had to worry again. They are here to solve your lower level water problems. That's what they do and they do it well.

-Myron E., Charlotte NC

 I don't have to worry about selling the house anymore. It's a very good situation. I don't have to worry about the rain anymore. Its a huge problem that's lifted off my shoulder.

-Mindy F., Marietta GA

Everyone was very nice (from consultation to finished work), and everything was thoroughly explained. Also, there was very little dust afterwards, which is important to me because of health issues.

-Ivana W., Stone Mountain, GA

Waterproofing Basement Floors

How to approach the problem?

When water enters your basement, the first task is to determine where the water is coming from. It is possible that the water is coming from a plumbing leak, so it’s important to double check before taking care of your basement waterproofing issues.

Is water leaking into the basement through cracks in the basement floor slab? A concrete floor with uneven or widening cracks can indicate settlement conditions that a foundation repair specialist such as ‘58 Foundations will need to address. Smaller or hairline cracks are usually harmless but should be monitored.

Finding water on your basement floor doesn’t always mean that the floor is the source. It is paramount to look for evidence of water coming through cracks in the floor. If you cannot find any, the two other most common sources for a wet basement floor are: basement walls, and the edge of the basement floor where the slab meets the foundation walls. Most commonly you will find a gap or seam between them. This is due to the construction process, which occurs at two different times.

When waterproofing your basement, you want to look at the whole picture. You want to create a strategy that focuses on the whole basement, and not just one aspect or one section.

Call ‘58 Foundations to create a holistic approach to waterproofing your basement. We offer home and commercial property owners free estimates and price quotes.

Tear out. This homeowner tore out their finished walls and insulation following ground water leakage. The carpet is still soaked. '58 Foundations fixed the bowed wall (evidenced by the horizontal crack), and installed a water drainage channel and sump pump beneath the floor. The homeowner will be able to refinish the basement without worrying about future leaks.
Dry and usable again. Beneath the wet concrete, '58 Foundations installed our waterproofing channel that drains to the sump pump in the far corner. The skirt on the wall covers the blocks that were leaking (just above ground level) and drains water down into the drainage channel. The whole system (except for access to the pump) can be finished over.

An effective way to waterproof basement floors

A sub-floor drainage channel (also referred to as a French drain) is a shallow trench filled with loose gravel and a perforated pipe that carries water to an outlet point. ’58 Foundations installs these channels as part of our waterproofing system to address leaks from basement floors and walls.

These drainage channels are installed around the perimeter of the basement floor (and could be used laterally as well) and meet at a sump pit where a sump pump can expel collected water to the exterior of your house.

To understand how the French drain system can keep a basement floor dry, let’s look at what’s underneath your basement floor slab. If the builder followed code or your home isn’t too old, a thick layer of coarse gravel was put beneath the concrete floor.

Innumerable spaces between pieces of gravel provide pathways for water movement beneath the concrete slab. A drainage channel that’s installed at the edges or perimeter of the slab extends into this under-slab gravel layer, providing a drainage pathway for the water.

If there’s excess water around your foundation and under the slab, the drainage channel provides an escape route that relieves water pressure and keeps your basement dry.

An effective way to waterproof basement floors

A sub-floor drainage channel (also referred to as a French drain) is a shallow trench filled with loose gravel and a perforated pipe that carries water to an outlet point. ’58 Foundations installs these channels as part of our waterproofing system to address leaks from basement floors and walls.

These drainage channels are installed around the perimeter of the basement floor (and could be used laterally as well) and meet at a sump pit where a sump pump can expel collected water to the exterior of your house.

To understand how the French drain system can keep a basement floor dry, let’s look at what’s underneath your basement floor slab. If the builder followed code or your home isn’t too old, a thick layer of coarse gravel was put beneath the concrete floor.

Innumerable spaces between pieces of gravel provide pathways for water movement beneath the concrete slab. A drainage channel that’s installed at the edges or perimeter of the slab extends into this under-slab gravel layer, providing a drainage pathway for the water.

If there’s excess water around your foundation and under the slab, the drainage channel provides an escape route that relieves water pressure and keeps your basement dry.

Dry and usable again. Beneath the wet concrete, '58 Foundations installed our waterproofing channel that drains to the sump pump in the far corner. The skirt on the wall covers the blocks that were leaking (just above ground level) and drains water down into the drainage channel. The whole system (except for access to the pump) can be finished over.

’58 Foundations has been keeping basement floors dry for more than 60 years.

For home and commercial property owners, we provide a free inspection and estimate. Call or contact us online today!

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