Waterproofing the basement may top a homeowner’s list of most dreaded repairs. Unlike some home maintenance, waterproofing is difficult to perform correctly without an experienced professional and is very labor-intensive. Our proven process has developed over years of working with different materials and techniques in hundreds of homes. The following are the steps we use when waterproofing a basement’s interior.
1. Break Up the Concrete
The first task to perform is breaking up the concrete. Usually this is done with a jackhammer. A twelve-inch trench is dug for pipe and gravel to be laid out later.
2. Lay Down Pipe and Gravel
After the trench is complete, perforated pipe and gravel are laid to create a drainage system. It is helpful to include a thin membrane on the pipe to avoid the buildup of silt or mud if and when water collects. The pipe runs to a sump pit, allowing the water to be pumped outside to a lower elevation.
3. Install Drainage Board
After laying down the pipe and gravel and connecting the pipe to the sump pit, drainage board is placed along the ditch against the wall. This helps with the even flow of water.
4. Fill in With Concrete
The last and final step is to lay down concrete. Smooth and level it and let it dry.
Well that was easy, wasn’t it? Wait. You didn’t complete those steps? Some tasks are easier to read about than to execute, which is why getting the help of an established, family-run business like Stealth Foundation is worth the effort. Most homeowners prefer an experienced professional waterproof their basement rather than tackling this project on their own. If you live in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky and need help with a wet basement, please call us today. With over thirty years of doing business as a family, we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners like yourself and guarantee our work for the lifetime of the house.