Do you Have a Wet Basement?

One of the most exasperating problems that a home owner might face is the occurrence of leaky basements in their homes. Basement waterproofing becomes necessary whenever dampness or water is entering the house through the foundation. Clogged existing weeping tiles, deteriorated or misdirected gutters, or cracks in block and poured concrete are among the causes of water leakage. Benji Dittrich Constructions expert inspectors will correctly diagnose and design your permanent basement waterproofing solution.

A leaky basement not only affects the beauty of the home, but it also can cause a damage to your home.

Delays in detection and proper fixing may result in severe damage.

Wet Basement

Waterproofing Specialists

When you need basement waterproofing expertise and experience, Benji Dittrich Construction is the company to contact. Basement waterproofing is not a construction process for do-it-yourselfers or fly by night contractors. Benji Dittrich Construction guarantees the highest standard of design, construction practice and technologically advanced basement waterproofing materials for your home.

We warranty all our work! We won’t leave you “high and dry”, we always leave your basement dry!

What Causes Wet or Leaky Basements?

Many minor problems can exist under three broad categories. The most general solutions to these problems have been defined below:

Failure or Absence of Drainage System: The proper installation of a drainage system is very vital for any house to prevent it from leaks. Proper drain channels should be created under the basement floor and the walls, which will not allow the water to stand. The drainage system also includes motors like sump pump that may expel the water outside.

Appearance of Crack and Gaps in the Walls of Basement: Many times it has been observed that the cracks appear over the walls or the basement floor. Also, the occurrence of gaps between the wall and the floor is a common case. This issue can be fixed by using filler kits, which are commonly available. These gaps or cracks should be properly sealed by making use of the proper substance like concrete. If these are not sealed, then it is expected that the surface ground water may get in and cause the leaky basement.

Failure in Controlling the Ground Water: One of the most important preventive measures that can be taken is to control the ground water. You can take many steps in order to avoid the ground water standing around your house. Channels or gutters can be developed so that water may flow away. Also, plantation may be done so that most of the water is used by the plants.

Though those are the most common causes to a wet basement, there are many other reasons why your basement may leak. It is hard to diagnose condition without a thorough analysis from a professional. At the first signs of a wet basement you should call Benji Dittrich, we will diagnose your problem correctly, provide you an estimate and deal with the problem fast.

Basement Waterproofing

We all know that we only have two seasons; a short warm season and a long cold season filled with rains and snow. That is why it is essential to waterproof your basement. There is variety of waterproofing solutions for your basement and we are familiar with each and everyone

In order to prevent dampness and mold you should call a professional as early as possible. We will come in, inspect your basement, offer you a free consultation and an estimate with no hidden fees. If you like our quote we will waterproof your basement quickly and do it right the first time and we offer a warranty on our work.

Consider reading the list of common waterproofing mistakes that we compiled:

  1. Keeping away from the Basement: People, who do not go into their basements for weeks or even months, end up finding their basements filled with water and mildew. If you don’t take care of these things, apart from the mess; it will be a larger expense to repair later. Furthermore, it can cause allergies and other health problems to you and your family.
  2. Not getting help from professionals: Many homeowners consider it frustrating to install a sump pump or any other equipment in the basement because of the jack hammering on the existing floor, the muddy sump pump pit and a lot of water all over the place. This situation can be very stressful without a doubt, so hire a professional.
  3. “You know what! I’m moving soon anyway…”: I have seen many people saying that they are moving soon, so why get into waterproofing hassle. You must know that if the basement of your house is damp or has water issues, then no one is going to purchase your home. Buyers know it very well that they will have to spend extra cash to handle this problem, which is surely not a good deal for them. Hence, it can negatively affect the price of your home.
  4. Not getting it in writing, while hiring a contractor for waterproofing walls: Before hiring a contractor for waterproofing, you need to know what services that contractor is providing, the price you will pay them and when they will complete the task. Getting everything in writing about the price and services is a must.
  5. Not doing you’re research: One of the mistakes when hiring a waterproofing pro is that people don’t compare different services before coming to a decision. It is always wise to understand the differences and the options, as some offer lower prices, but it is not always the right service.

Thus, if you want your waterproofing job done, whether it’s the basement water proofing or the waterproofing walls, you must avoid the above mentioned mistakes, which are so common that anyone can make them without even noticing.

Weeping Tile

Weeping Tile is actually not ’tile’ as we have come to know it. Weeping tile generally refers to a mode of piping that is used in drainage systems. They are used mostly for underground drainage. It is a porous pipe system laid on in what is known as aggregate formation to allow collection of extra water from the ground. This in effects prevents the groundwater from over saturating the surrounding soil.

They are a very simple design, generally made of hard plastic. The sides of the pipe are cut lengthwise in a series of minute slits. These are what collects water from the ground allowing it to flow down the pipes. Weeping tiles are used in conjunction with sump pumps or laid out to end in a sewer line.

The rocks or stones that you would find around the weeping tiles are there to promote drainage and prevent the pipes from getting clogged with dirt. This means the dirt stays out and the water flows in. Weeping tiles increases the efficiency of many of our regular drainage systems. They are installed just below the concrete in basements and are used in conjunction with a sump pumps. Excess moisture is allowed to seep through the gravel and is collected by the pipes and drained away.

Installation of the weeping tile is best left to professionals. Benji Dittrich Construction can save you time, money and any further deterioration of your home. Avoid costly mistakes and hire a professional, we have knowledge and experience and you only want to do this once.

Sump Pump

Sump pump is a pump that is used to remove any water or moisture that accumulated around the walls of your house. The water can enter via perimeter drains or waterproofing system like a weeping tile around the walls. Sump pump is a key component of you keeping your house dry even during the heaviest rain and snow falls. There are a wide variety of pumps available on the market today. Some things to look for when evaluating the pump are: horsepower, head pressure, cord length, phase & voltage, backup system and automatic vs. manual pumps.

In order for the sump tanks and sump pumps to work properly they have to be properly maintained. Typically you should inspect your equipment once a year, however in houses below ground level with a lot of potential water leak inside; pumps need to be examined more frequently. It is usually easier to repair the sump pump itself which will eventually fail due to mechanical wear, rather than to repair flooded basement if you let the problem with sump pump to go too far. When examining sump pump, you should also try and clean it from gravel, sand and other debris. That will increase efficiency and extend the life of the pump.

Foundation Cracks

Foundation cracks occur during the curing process of the poured foundation and settlement along with movement in the earth. Many newer homes have water leaking in the basement as result of these cracks in foundations. It is because OBC only requires a simple tar coating and dimple membrane to be applied to the foundation wall. Once the tar drys up a couple years later, water is able to seep into any new or existing foundation cracks.

The same reason in older home but some of the added pressures are due to age, frost, and shifting. Our northern climate reeks havoc on our best investment.

We use Blueskin, which guarantee’s a dry basement.

Blueskin

Blueskin is a composite membrane consisting of an SBS rubberized asphalt compound, integrally laminated to a blue, high-density polyethylene film. The membrane is specifically designed for self-adhering to a prepared substrate, and provides a high-performance waterproofing barrier. It creates seamless application provides monolithic waterproofing membrane. This combination provides a durable, waterproof barrier that is tough and flexible and can stretch to continue providing protection even if new cracks develop after the membrane has been applied. After the parging layers have dried, a primer is rolled on and then the Blueskin applied over the primer. The priming layer provides the perfect surface for the Blueskin to adhere to and provides a small amount of damp-proofing on its own. Remember, the Blueskin is providing waterproofing not just damp-proofing.

 

Blueskin has CCMC approval.

The Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC), which operates within the National Research Council of Canada, offers a national evaluation service for all types of innovative building construction materials, products, systems and services. CCMC evaluations are supported by the latest technical research and expertise and are based on the requirements of the National Building Code of Canada or Provincial/Territorial Building Codes