You have water in your basement and you want to understand where the source of the problem is and what can be done to fix it for good, while ensuring that you are only paying for the solution you need. We will come to your home to evaluate the exterior and interior conditions of your property, holistically, in order to determine the source of your problem and provide a custom designed solution that fits your Basement’s specific needs. Our evaluation is focused on what is the best and most effective way to solve your water problem, once and for all. We take a Solutions, not Systems, approach. Who wants to see their Waterproofer more than once?
Our experienced team performs the customized scope of work with thoroughness, attention to detail and intuitive problem solving skills to insure that our solution will be the final one, one which lasts for the duration of the home.
Please click on the type of basement foundation you have:
- Poured Concrete: leaking from a Crack or entry point where a Water or Sewer line enters through the wall
- Stone, Brick or Block: Stone, Brick, Block or Poured Concrete Foundation Walls
- Crawl space foundation with a dug out area: for use as a ‘basement’ or mechanical/storage area
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Since our solutions are customized to your specific leak situation, they are therefore designed for all types of foundations, especially the older stone, brick and block foundations so often found around Atlanta and North Georgia.
Principally speaking, the best way to solve a water leak is to stop it on the outside before it gets into the house. If the grading and downspouts, etc. are all in good order, and you still have a leak, then excavating your basement foundation wall and re-waterproofing with a 3 barrier solution and foundation drain may be the solution to your problem. Our evaluation will assess both the feasibility as well as the cost/risk of an exterior excavation and re-waterproof. We take a very detailed and thorough approach to ensure you will not have this problem again. Please inquire to see step by step pictures of the extensive waterproofing process we go through to provide a long term solution. Although it is the best way to solve your water leak issue, it is the most expensive and invasive approach that is often not possible due to risk of structural failure of the old foundation walls when dirt is removed or there are access issues along the foundation wall (porches, patios, preferred landscaping or old growth trees, neighbors property too close, driveways, $ economics, City Ordinances etc.).
As a result, we have Interior Drainage Control Solutions that are extremely effective and long term at controlling the water issue so that it will bring peace of mind and will prevent water from entering your living space for the duration of the home.
Interior Drainage Control
When exterior efforts to control the water aren’t sufficient or because the economics of an exterior dig-up and re-waterproof are too high, then a best-practice, long term drainage control solution on the inside is necessary to solve your water problem. We install a customized interior drain solution that keeps the water out of your living space, forces it under the slab into a sloped and double filtered, large flow capacity French drain that carries the water to a sump pump (or in some cases a gravity daylight outside by going under the foundation). The drainage board solution on the wall is sealed so that no moisture vapor escapes into your basement airspace or behind your framed walls, yet provides a permanent, wide spread channel for water to flow to the sump pump and be directed back outside. We take a craftsmanship approach to solving your water problem to ensure that you will not deal with this issue again. This is a Solutions, not “systems”, approach that we pursue with each problem. Every basement leak and its causative issues are unique to each individual house or situation.
For example: There are many older homes that have a crawl space foundation, with a dug-out interior portion that is used as a ‘basement’ or mechanical area. We have witnessed countless situations where the water is flowing underneath the crawl space foundation wall, through the side of the dirt and into the dug out basement area. An exterior dig up and re-waterproof of the crawl space wall doesn’t stop the water that is deeper in the ground, flowing underneath that wall and entering the dug out area. As a result, since the exterior work cannot address this lower elevation water (and DIY efforts to control the water at the surface have not been sufficient), you would still need to perform an interior drain solution, making the exterior cost an unnecessary sunk cost/loss of money and not effective at solving the entire problem.
STRUCTURAL ISSUE? We provide some structural stabilization services at AKME Waterproofing. And for the services we don’t provide, we have great references to companies that have similar customer focused, integrity lead philosophy that we have used to built AKME Waterproofing.