Basement Waterproofing in Birmingham
Systems for Controlling Moisture, Seepage, and Flooding in Your Basement
Homes with basements require careful design and systems to ensure they are not vulnerable to water entry or water damage. Basement water issues that are not addressed correctly can cause health risks as well as severe damage to a home's structure and foundation.
With Birmingham's yearly rainfall well above the national average, systems that keep a basement dry are a necessary investment. If your basement smells musty or has signs of water entry, then it may be time to get in touch with Alabama Ram Jack.
Different Kinds of Basement Waterproofing Solutions
Water can enter a basement through cracks, the seam where wall and floor meet, basement windows, bulkhead doors, or even the basement floor itself. A Birmingham basement waterproofing specialist can evaluate your basement to determine what solutions would be most effective in your situation.
There are two basic ways that water causes harm to a basement:
- Direct Water Damage to Basement Structure
- Hydrostatic Pressure Damage to Basement Walls & Foundation
Alabama Ram Jack provides many different methods for preventing these kinds of damage. We also provide repairs for bowed basement walls caused by hydrostatic pressure. The easiest way to break down waterproofing solutions would be "interior" and "exterior" methods.
Exterior Waterproofing & Drainage
Drainage systems are one of the most effective ways to keep water out of a basement and to prevent hydrostatic pressure from building up around the foundation.
Improving yard drainage can include:
- Improved irrigation to redirect water away from the foundation
- Sealing window wells
- Removing landscaping near the basement
- Improving the grade/slope away from the house
- Adding a french drain system around the foundation
- Updating an ineffective gutter and downspout system
Interior Basement Waterproofing Methods
Water entry into the basement can cause mold, standing water, wood rot, and structural damage. On top of this, hydrostatic pressure caused by the presence of water can damage the foundation.
If your basement is experiencing seepage or leaks, interior waterproofing methods may be a sufficient solution or something to do in addition to exterior drainage.
- Adding a sump basin and sump pump to protect against flooding
- Adding dimple board so water flows to a drain from the walls or floor
- Sealing cracks in walls or floor
If you are noticing signs of water like a musty smell, damp walls, cracks larger than one inch, or white mineral deposits on the walls or floor, your basement may be at risk. One of our professionals can inspect your basement to ensure that your home is sufficiently protected.
To learn more about basement waterproofing and foundation repair in Birmingham, contact us at (205) 509-3119.