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Seeping basement wall cracks can be permanently repaired from the inside by inserting polyurethane into them. That will close the crack thoroughly to the soil outside and stay flexible after curing so that the crack will not reappear as the result of minor shifting of the foundation.
Interior Drain Tile Systems
Interior drain tile systems have become an excellent way to handle basement water problems. They provide waterproofing that eliminates water seeping from basement walls or floor cracks as well as the cove joint between the wall and floor. Interior drain tiles can also stop seepage coming out of a permeable wall of concrete wall or masonry walls that are decayed and leaking.
Sometimes there are just leaking foundation walls. As an example, a poured concrete foundation wall that is very common in modern residential construction can have porous spots in the concrete caused during construction. Such areas can be caused by:
- Concrete not being thoroughly mixed which allows aggregate or dry cement to form a pocket.
- Insufficient vibration of the poured wall to remove trapped air.
Over time, these porous spots can allow water to seep into the basement and lead to wet basement problems.
Foundation waterproofing repairs for all of these issues are the same. An exterior waterproofing membrane should be installed to create an impermeable water barrier on the outside of the foundation.
The first step in stalling exterior waterproofing membrane is to start digging. The foundation must be excavated down to the footings, which may be as deep as eight feet in a full basement.
When the ground water surrounding a foundation is extremely high, it benefits the homeowner to install exterior drain tile along with the membrane to alleviate pressure on the walls and drain off the water. The excavation is then backfilled and the foundation water problem is permanently protected against seepage.
It is an undertaking to install an exterior waterproofing membrane and/or exterior drain tile; however it is an extremely effective foundation water problem solution to protect against basement or foundation seepage.
There is another way to solve wet basement problems. An egress window is often placed in a basement window that is of sufficient size as determined by local governing authorities. Such a window would allow a person to enter or leave a room if an emergency occurs. These windows are most often needed when a basement is being finished and are also used in conjunction with an egress wall. Some type of ladder or steps can be used with this window as a means of escape in an emergency.
Egress windows are required by law in specific locations for any bedroom(s) in the basement in case of emergencies. It is set down into the ground and must meet different measurements and guidelines in order to qualify as an egress window.
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