Wet Basement-Water coming up from the Floor -How to fix a Wet Basement Floor
With a wet basement-Hydraulic-hydrostatic pressure is a common problem, that is a result of a collapsed or plugged weeping tile or no tile at all. This will prevent water from being taken away from under the house slab causing a wet basement. To repair this problem of a wet basement -new weeping tile is installed either inside or outside often in conjunction with a sump pump. Our most common weeping tile installation is an interior repair called a French drain or an internal weeping tile or sump system-. Get a quote to repair a wet basement
The floor is broken up along the leaking walls and a trench is excavated. A Four inch perforated weeping
tile-filtered o-pipe is placed in the trench and covered with clean gravel to help with drainage. All excavated materials
are removed from the site and trench is re-cemented with concrete.
A Delta or Platon waterproof membrane may be installed to cover the wall and travels under the floor connecting
with the weeping tile for leaking or cracked foundation walls. The drainage system is routed to a sump pump which
carries the water away from the house. New concrete is poured to repair the floor. The same results can be achieved from
outside but the cost is considerably higher and not usually our first recommendation.
French drains are often installed around a home foundation in two different ways:
* Buried around the foundation wall on the external side of the foundation
* Installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement
In most homes, an external French drain or drain tile is installed around the foundation walls before the foundation
soil is backfilled. It’s laid on the bottom of the excavated area, and a layer of stone is laid
on top. Once the drain is installed, the area is backfilled and the system is left alone unless it clogs.
Installing a French drain around the inside perimeter is most commonly done after the house has been built.
Most commonly, this is done in response to a wet basement or right before performing a basement finishing.
To install this kind of drain, the perimeter of the basement floor is jackhammered down to the footing and the
cement is removed. A layer of stone is laid down, and the drain is laid on top of it. Water is collected from
the basement wall floor joint as it enters, and a sump pump is installed to pump the water out of the house
and away from the foundation.
Once completed, the area is cemented over. This can be installed very quickly- 1-2 days by an experienced crew.
The system is easy to maintain once installed, and the sump pump will need annual maintenance to perform properly.
An interior French drain is much less likely to clog than an exterior, partially due to the fact that it is
not sitting underneath several feet of soil.
Interior French drain installation is an effective way to waterproof a wet basement but requires the use
of a sump pump. Many contractors will install plastic sump pumps that can quickly break down or neglect to install
a battery backup sump pump, making the basement vulnerable to flooding during power outages but this is optional. These are some of the considerations to think about when you get this work done. get a quote
DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only. Do not attempt to fix foundation cracks yourself. Leave it to the professionals.
Repairs methods & materials may vary.*