Waterproofing

Effective Basement Waterproofing Heals Your Home

If you’re like most homeowners, your house is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make in your life. It’s a place for you to convene a family, celebrate life’s milestones together, and sustain something of lasting value. 

With how important your residence is, it’s only natural to want to protect it in any way you can. 

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For lots of homeowners, one of the most commonly neglected parts, sadly, is the foundation. Foundations are essential for keeping your home steady against nature’s will and solid in the face of adversity.

Many homeowners know this, which is why discovering a leaky basement, water damage, or some other kind of water problem can be a jarring experience. No matter how the water is coming in, it is no friend of your house, and everyone would prefer to have a dry basement over a wet one. 

There are several signs you should look for that can tell you it’s time to prioritize basement waterproofing. Be on the lookout for these warning signs or it’ll cost you in the long run. 

When that situation arises, you need to get in touch with a foundation waterproofing expert – such as Helitech – as soon as possible to ensure minimal damage to your basement. 

And if that problem has yet to arrive in your home, it’s your duty to ensure the exterior is protected with the proper water draining mechanisms. Failing to invest the few hundred dollars upfront when a problem arises could result in 10s of thousands spent later down the line. 

The Cost of Waterproofing Services 

Helitech provides waterproofing pricing based on the specific needs of each home, identifying the most reliable and cost-effective ways to tackle your home’s troubles. At Helitech, our proprietary technology can solve even the most challenging exterior and interior waterproofing needs. Contact Helitech today for a free, comprehensive foundation inspection.

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Waterproofing Services We Offer:

Interior Waterproofing Solutions

Hydraway Basement Waterproofing System

Crawlspace Waterproofing

Egress Window Wells

Sump Pump (Interior)

Wall Paneling

Basement Dehumidifier

Injection Systems and Crack Repair

Exterior Waterproofing Solutions

Sump Pump (Exterior) 

Yard Drainage

Downspout Extensions

Your home’s wet basement can lead to mold, sagging floors, and failing basement walls.

If you think it’s time to call in a contractor, contact us today to get your free quote.

What is Basement Waterproofing? 

In the foundation industry, Basement Waterproofing refers to the interior and exterior waterproofing strategies that foundation professionals employ in order to stop water flowing into your basement and to prevent you from having a leaky basement in the future. 

When water accumulates around the outside of your home, it causes the soil to expand. This expansion can put a lot of pressure on your concrete foundation. 

This phenomenon – known as hydrostatic pressure – can put enough pressure on the concrete that it pushes water through small crevices, such as cracks, porous spots, or unsealed utility openings, causing seepage in your basement.

Counteract this by installing a great basement waterproofing system, such as the Hydraway Drainage System. 

Types of Basement Waterproofing

When hydrostatic pressure is causing seepage in your basement, there are a few things you need to address. 

The first concern you should have is stopping the leaking as soon as possible since water leaking into your basement can cause mold, sagging floors, or even full-blown failure. Once you’ve managed to stop the leaking, you should turn your attention toward ensuring it won’t happen again in the future. 

A waterproofing & foundation repair company, like Helitech, can examine your property for free and develop a comprehensive solution that solves the issue for good,  while saving you more money in the long run. 

To protect your home and your family, you will need a waterproofing system in your foundation. This is no small task, as it requires a combination of both or either exterior basement waterproofing and waterproofing basement walls from the inside.

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Interior Waterproofing Solutions

Protecting your home from the inside out is equally important to exterior waterproofing methods. This is true if you are looking for ways to reinforce your waterproofing system, but especially true if you are already experiencing a degree of water seepage. 

The following tactics are all very effective at waterproofing your basement, and many times employing a few different tactics together is your best bet for keeping your basement safe and dry. To see how they might intersect with one another to waterproof your home, call Helitech today for a free waterproofing inspection and estimate.

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Hydraway Basement Waterproofing System

For interior basement waterproofing, we utilize the patented and exclusive Hydraway Waterproofing system, as it gives an escape route to any pooling water in your basement. Hydraway even has a system for relieving hydrostatic pressure against your concrete foundation walls.

Here’s how it works. Our Hydraway basement waterproofing system is placed below your basement floor where the floor and the footing meet to catch the water before it ever enters. The water will then flow through the Hydraway 2000, which will drain the pooling water and transport it away from your foundation walls. 

The Hydraway 300 is then placed on top of the system as a bridge to capture any water that may trickle down your wall and transport it into the below 2000 material. The Hydraway 300 also relieves any hydrostatic pressure against your foundation and helps prevent foundation failure.

Once all excess water is captured, it is sent to the Hydraway 2000 below the floor and drained to the Helitech sump system which pumps the water outside, far away from your home’s foundation.

Oftentimes, a Helitech professional also recommends using our patented Hydrabreeze Classic – a basement dehumidifying system that helps optimize the Hydraway System in certain circumstances.

The Hydrabreeze dehumidifier makes your home comfortably dry and healthy through its unique, patented moisture control system. Unlike a typical dehumidifier, the Hydrabreeze technology is designed to expel excess moist air from the least ventilated areas of your home like the basement or crawl space.

 

 

 

 

 

Crawlspace Waterproofing 

Some homes are equipped with crawl spaces as an alternative to slab and cement foundations. These areas provide a gap between the soil and the first floor of your home while also granting easy access to your pipes, electrical wires, and floor joists should you need a repair. 

If you’re experiencing a wet crawl space, it could be for a number of reasons. And while those reasons will vary depending on your home’s specific circumstance, there are 2 main ways Helitech can help respond.

First, in addition to servicing basements with it, we also recommend the Hydraway 2000 around the perimeter of crawl spaces. This connects to a Sump Pump, which forms a drainage system that effectively removes any water that may get into the crawl space. 

Another way to reinforce your crawlspace’s waterproofing system is through encapsulation. We accomplish this with our patented Hydraliner system, which serves as a blockage to invasive animals such as termites, beetles, rodents or snakes. Coupled with a Hydrabreeze dehumidifying compact unit, this system helps keep water out of your crawl space effectively. 

Hydraliner encapsulation serves as a blockade to invasive animals such as termites, beetles, rodents, or snakes. These invasive animals can cause damage to exposed wood, thus putting your home at greater risk. 

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Egress Window Wells

Egress windows allow for an easy way out of your home in case of emergency, but they also help eliminate the damp, “dungeon feeling” that so many basements have.

Fresh air comes through the egress windows and improves the house’s overall ventilation, and it brightens up the space as an added bonus.

Sump Pump (Interior)

After the Hydraway System drains water from your basement or crawlspace, the water has to go somewhere. This is where a sump pump comes into play as the next step. 

A Helitech professional connects your new Hydraway system to a sump pit in your basement. This process funnels water into the sump pit, which is then “pumped” out of your basement by the sump pump, then through a discharge hose. 

Installing a sump pump is a standard interior waterproofing method that is an integral part of the Hydraway system.

Helitech offers a sump pump solution fit for every home. For added peace of mind, we offer the Super S1 single, S2 double, and S3 triple sump pump systems to accommodate even the most extreme situations. For smaller homes and crawl spaces, we offer the Super S1 Sump Pump System, which comprises of a ⅓ HP Sump Pump that pumps 58 GPM (gallons per minute).

In the event of a power outage or a primary pump failure, our custom options have you covered. During a high water event in the sump pit, with the S2 and S3 systems, a backup unit will automatically engage when the secondary float system is activated. With our Super S3 System, 3 pumps are installed in a single sump pit, that’s just additional peace of mind knowing you are protected.

Wall Paneling / Wall Covering 

For some basements, also installing a wall paneling system makes the most sense and utilizes your space more effectively. Our waterproofing professionals frequently recommend using a Hydrashield which is a wall paneling system used to seal off your basement from incoming moisture. It can help transform a damp basement into a dry and functional living space.

This can brighten up unsightly basements and create a basement moisture barrier. Hydrashield transforms damp, ugly basements into dry, comfortable, functional living spaces.

Basement Dehumidifier

We’ve talked about dehumidifying your crawl space, and that practice can make a lot of sense for your leaky basement as well. Our Hydrabreeze dehumidifying system prevents mold and musty odors from emerging in your basement. 

Over 50% of your home’s air comes up from its basement, in a process known as the Stack effect. By dehumidifying your basement, you not only prevent water and mold from building up downstairs, but you’re purifying the air your family breathes above ground, too.

Injection Systems and Crack Repair

Cracks in your basement are often caused by a buildup of hydrostatic pressure, meaning they are particularly susceptible to letting running water pass through. For waterproofing purposes, sealing these up is essential. 

For homes facing serious crack issues, Helitech uses a specially formulated epoxy injection that permanently restores the structural strength to cracked concrete. This works wonders in a variety of locations, from concrete basements to foundation walls and structures.

While there are some DIY options for applying a concrete or acrylic sealant on your own, it is typically recommended against. These solutions are more of a bandage approach and don’t typically solve the underlying issue. This can result in paying for foundation repair services down the line, either way, so you may as well save some time and money.

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Exterior Waterproofing Solutions

Effective waterproofing plans begin with preventing foundation leaks in the first place. This means installing yard drainage systems, so water doesn’t gather around your foundation walls. Not only does water weaken your concrete walls, but it can also cause a build-up of hydrostatic pressure—the pressure caused by water buildup behind a foundation wall—which can lead to cracks and basement flooding.

The following tactics are all very effective at waterproofing your basement, and many times employing a few different tactics together is your best bet for keeping your basement safe and dry. To see how they might intersect with one another to waterproof your home, call Helitech today for a free waterproofing inspection and estimate.

Sump Pumps (Exterior)

In addition to working in your basement, sump pumps can also be used in your backyard to control the flow of water. Backyard sump pumps collect excess rainwater in one area and pump into a storm sewer, or allow it to percolate naturally in a safe area of your yard.

Outside sump pump drainage systems are good at relocating water quickly during emergency situations, such as storms or flooding, but do not address your drainage problem at its source. As such, sump pumps should be used in conjunction with other, long-term yard drainage solutions, such as perimeter drain pipes, dry wells, and French Drains utilizing Helitech’s Hydraway 2000 System.

Yard Drainage 

Pools of water in your yard aren’t appealing to look at. But what’s more unsightly than the surface level look of a yard puddle is the underlying damage it may be causing. 

Pooling waters potentially undermine the structural integrity of your home. So, if you’re dealing with them in your own yard, considering how you’ll encourage yard drainage on your property is an essential step. 

Incorporating a yard drainage system can go a long way in preventing water damage to your basement. This is usually done through a 3 step process:

Capturing: First, we prevent water from pooling in the yard by installing gutters and downspouts that keep water away 

Redirecting: Next we make sure it actually moves away from your home to an area that won’t cause further issues.

Draining: If we cannot restructure the landscape or provide a quick solution, a french drain might be required. 

French Drain

Gutter Corrections 

One of the most common causes of pooling is clogged or dirty gutters. However, some homes have clean gutters and still face issues of insufficient draining in their yard, simply because they do not extend far enough from your foundation. 

With that in mind, restructuring your gutter system could go a long way in preventing water buildup in your yard, thus relieving some pressure on your home’s concrete foundation. 

Downspout Extensions

Hand-in-hand with your gutter system is your downspout structure. A 2,000 square foot roof will put out nearly 1,250 gallons of water for every inch of rain. With all that rainfall, ensuring your home is sending water away from your foundation is essential. 

Many downspouts stop just a foot or so away from a house, causing problems for Midwest homeowners. 

To fully protect your home from water damage and foundation problems, you need to install downspout extensions that direct any excess rainwater along a sloped path toward a low point away from your house.

At Helitech Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, we offer free consultations for this very reason.

Grading​

Grading refers to the angle your landscape takes and how it is disposing of water. If your grading is slanted toward your house, you’ve got a big problem on your hands since you’re encouraging water to pool by your basement, trickle-down your foundation and into your home, as well as build hydrostatic pressure. 

If this is an issue for your home, you may need to employ a landscaping contractor to help reshape your yard.

Berm

If you don’t know what a “berm” is, chances are you’ve seen many of them in your lifetime without even realizing they had a name. A berm is an elevated round mound of soil that is built upon an otherwise level patch of land. 

While these are usually used for landscape design purposes, they can also provide your yard with nice waterproofing benefits. If you design them in such a way, the mounds can encourage the flow of water away from your house – or at least keep it away.

Again, this falls outside the scope of Helitech and would require a landscaping company. However, it’s a legitimate thing to consider when looking into waterproofing your basement. 

Sewer & Septic Systems

Finally, if you have a septic system in your backyard, it’s good to ensure water doesn’t pool around it. Most septic tanks are reinforced with concrete but, as we see with foundations, concrete isn’t impervious to hydrostatic pressure. 

Make sure your yard and system are up to safety standards so no additional water issues arise.

Yard Drainage

When Should You Contact a Professional

In a word, if you experience wet basement problems, you should contact a waterproofing company immediately. Some typical signs that it’s time to reach out to a professional include:

Dampness in your basement foundation

Foundation Cracks on the concrete

Musty Odors and Musty Smells in your basement

Pools of water accumulating near your home after it rains

If any of these are an immediate concern, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You’ll receive a free, comprehensive estimate and you’ll be able to sleep better at night.

Waterproofing Professionals at Helitech

While there are some DIY people in the foundation world, you’re much better suited employing professional waterproofing services from a company that knows what they’re doing. 

At Helitech Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, we specialize in both exterior and interior waterproofing. 

In addition, we’re the exclusive partner of the fastest drainage material on the market and the Midwest’s leading basement waterproofing system, Hydraway, who trusts only the best companies with installing their waterproofing products.

Plus, we offer free consultations to homeowners just like you who are looking for a long-term basement waterproofing solution. This gives us a chance to devise a waterproofing plan that will alleviate your home’s water drainage problems. We even offer free estimates for the necessary work.

Give us a call. We’ll let you know exactly what our plan is, and how much it might cost.

 

 

Your home’s wet basement can lead to mold, sagging floors, and failing basement walls.

If you think it’s time to call in a contractor, contact us today to get your free quote.

 

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Joe Whitham was very friendly and knowledgeable on repairing my foundation, very neat and cleaned everything up and completed work in a timely manner

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