Waterproofing your home can be done multiple ways and every company does it differently. AquaProof is the home of customization when it comes to working on your home; we do not have a one system fix all that we install on everyone’s homes. Our Representatives will come to your home, evaluate your individual issue(s) and leave you with an understanding of what we can do to fix the issue(s).
Basement Waterproofing can be performed from the Exterior or the Interior and our recommendation on which is best can vary depending on your homes situation. It is our belief that an Exterior System is the overall best system as you are stopping the water before it ever reaches your foundation. Whereas, with an Interior System you are allowing the water to flow through your foundation and into the system where it is then pushed back outside again. Both Exterior and Interior Systems will keep your basement dry and usable if done correctly.
AquaProof’s Exterior Basement Waterproofing system is customized to fit your needs. If an exterior wall(s) of your home has seepage coming in at the floor level or through the wall this can be permanently fixed and comes with a Lifetime Transferable Warranty! We start by digging out the wall(s) to the footer, installing shoring to keep our workers safe, installing our exterior system, packing the system with gravel and lastly backfill to a finished grade.
“Finished Grade” is another key thing that sets AquaProof apart from other companies in the waterproofing industry. For us the term “Finished Grade” means compacted dirt via a tamper and fresh topsoil on work area(s). By using a tamper to compact the dirt there will be minimal to no settling of the ground and there are no large mounds of dirt left behind when we are done! This way you can start to grow grass back right away and get on with your life!
Shoring is to be used when excavating at 5 ft or deeper per OSHA regulations. Here at AquaProof our employees’ safety comes first so we took this a step further and use shoring at 3-4 ft and deeper. Cave-ins are a real threat when doing excavation work which is why it is important for us to do everything possible to keep our employees safe and to prevent your home from being the scene of an accident. View an alphabetical listing of OSHA publications here.
Subsurface Systems are another Exterior Basement Waterproofing System that we install. A subsurface system is usually 10 inches to 36 inches deep and is used to collect surface water and discharge it away from your home to stop water from pooling against the foundation. This system is also referred to as a French Drain, which is a term that is commonly used for many water draining systems.
EXTERIOR PERMANENT CRACK REPAIR
Exterior Permanent Crack Repair is used when your home has a single crack or a few cracks that are on different walls and there are no other sources of water seepage. This is a long process but it is a permanent fix that we can stand behind with our Lifetime Transferable Warranty: digging out the foundation to the footer; cleaning the foundation wall using a torch and wire brush; applying a layer of concrete caulk and then hydraulic cement; layer of tar; 6 mil plastic; another layer of tar; 18 mil duro-shield with tap-its to fasten to the foundation wall; final layer of tar; tamped backfill of dirt; topped with finished grade.
INTERIOR BASEMENT WATERPROOFING
Our interior basement waterproofing system is customized to fix any walls that have water seepage problems. Customizing solutions and not doing the entire basement is one of the many things that sets us apart from our competitors.
Our installer will lay a protective layer of plastic over your floors and other items in the basement. Once the prep work is done, we open the floors up approximately 12 inches out from the wall and trench along the footer starting at 7 inches below the floor. The trench is shaved down 1 inch every 10 feet. This creates a downward slope for the water to travel in so you do not have water sitting in the system getting stagnant over time. The material is then hauled out of your basement using 5 gallon buckets and taken to be disposed of at our dumpsite. Soil separator is placed in the trench with perforated pipe and packed with 1 inch river washed gravel. A vapor barrier is placed over the gravel and then the concrete floor is re-poured. The water that collects in the system is taken outside through a sump pump or gravity discharge.
Sump pumps are used to pump water out of your basement and/or crawlspace. They keep your home dry and prevent further foundation damage in the future. Sump pumps come in different sizes and have many manufacturers. The most common sump pump we use is the 1/3hp Blue Angel Sump Pump. A valuable addition to the sump pump is the battery backup system that will kick on when your home loses power during a storm or other power outages.
INTERIOR CRACK REPAIR
With all of our work being backed by our Lifetime Transferable Warranty we cannot do crack injections. Crack injections are a cheaper alternative to permanent crack repair but they will not last forever! Our permanent crack repair can be done on the interior or exterior wall of your basement depending on the foundation type. To fix a crack permanently on the interior there would need to be an interior system in the basement for the water to drain into. A permanent crack repair on the exterior does not require an exterior system but is often done in conjunction with yard drainage or gutter maintenance.
Humidex is an alternative to a dehumidifier that can be installed in your basement and/or crawlspace to eliminate moisture in the air which causes odors in your basement/crawlspace. Humidex is more costly upfront however they do use less electric than dehumidifiers so you will see a decrease in your utility bills. With a Humidex there are no buckets to empty or to forget to empty like with the dehumidifier. Another valuable aspect of the Humidex is they pull more moisture out of the air than a dehumidifier and have settings you can adjust to get the air quality just right for you!