When researching water control terms, you will encounter several phrases that refer to removing unwanted water from your home: waterproofing, interior wall diverting, and damp proofing are all common remedies to moisture problems. It is important to understand how each of these methods works - each has strengths and weaknesses, and studying these will help you choose the best method for your home. Ground Up Builders provides you with quality basement waterproofing in Nashville TN and the surrounding areas when you need it most.
In years past, many homes were treated for dampness by spraying a solvent-based asphalt solution on the foundation. While this process was termed waterproofing, in reality it was only damp proofing. These asphalt coatings didn't actually stop water, but they did prevent water vapor from penetrating the concrete. Actual waterproofing materials will prevent both water and water vapor transmission. Complete waterproofing systems divert the water that damp proofing methods do not stop. Our combination of exterior waterproofing and interior drainage - diverting drainage channels, and sump pumps - collects water and expels it from your home once and for all.
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Moisture in your basement can cause troublesome problems such as water damage, flooding, rotting wood, structural damage, or mold and mildew growth. Some of these problems are not only annoying, but are also dangerous to the health of you and your family. For quality foundation waterproofing services, Ground Up Builders is your best choice.
Recommended interior waterproofing today involves a sump pump system to divert and expel water seepage inside the home. The drainage system consists of pipes and drains that catch any moisture that may seep through walls or floors and divert it to the sump pit. Once the water level in the sump pit reaches a certain level, the sump pump turns on and begins to pump the water to an area outside the home and away from the foundation.
Another important part of basement waterproofing is making sure that your exterior drainage and surface drainage systems are properly functioning. These are the home's first line of defense against water problems. The surface drainage system includes gutters and proper grading, and the exterior drainage system consists of a drain tile system to channel excess water away from your home. The gutters should be sloped and continuous to collect and reroute rainwater. The ground around the home should also be sloped so that water runs away from the home instead of pooling around it. Pooling water could leak through cracks and enter the home, or cause cracks in foundation walls. A drain tile system is installed in areas where the rainfall is especially heavy to catch and drain excess groundwater away from your home.
Whatever system you choose needs to be complete. It is necessary to provide water drainage away from the waterproofing membrane. If the soil around your home is wet with trapped water it can create hydrostatic pressure, which puts stress on the foundation. That can allow water seepage into the tiniest of cracks and holes. True waterproofing is the installation of a waterproof membrane and drainage board that transfers water to an exterior drain along the footing. As homes are constructed tighter to conserve energy costs, waterproofing becomes even more important. Tight homes encounter problems with mold and mildew growth because the relative humidity increases inside the structure and can't be released.
If proper basement waterproofing steps are not taken, moisture in the basement might cause structural damage and lead to foundation problems, which are a major concern for any homeowner. Avoid this issue by ensuring that you have a good basement drainage system. Contact us today for both interior and exterior drainage systems in the Nashville area.