A Cincinnati homeowner called The Basement Doctor of Cincinnati regarding problems with water seeping into the basement in several places. This home was built in the 1960s, has a block foundation, and a sump pump had not been installed. One wall of the basement had a large horizontal crack near the top of the wall. This home also has a crawl space with a block foundation. The homeowner met with Walt, a Certified Inspector, to find a solution to the problems the homeowner was having in the home.
Walt recommended WaterGuard Basement Waterproofing System and a SuperSump Premier Sump Pump System is installed to resolve the problem with water seeping into the basement. He also recommended the PowerBrace System to resolve the horizontal crack on the basement wall.
Walt also recommended CleanSpace Encapsulation System to provide a moisture-proof barrier between the home and the ground below. The natural moisture that is in the ground can seep up into the crawl space area and cause problems with mold, musty odors and humidity.
WaterGuard Basement Waterproofing System is a patented product designed by Basement Systems. The WaterGuard Basement Waterproofing System is a sub-floor piping system that is installed under the floor along the foundation walls. The WaterGuard collects and intercepts the water that seeps into the basement. The water is then drained into a sump pump system and pumped out of the basement.
The SuperSump Premier Sump Pump System is a 1/3 hp high-end Zoeller cast-iron sump pump. It includes the WaterWatch Alarm, SuperLiner and Airtight Lid. The WaterWatch alarm will sound during a pump or power failure to alert the homeowner of a problem with the system that needs to be resolved. The SuperLiner houses the pump, and will not crack or cave in. The Airtight Lid keeps the water from evaporating back into the basement, keeps objects from falling into the liner, and helps to quiet the pump.
The PowerBrace System that Walt recommended, is steel I-beams that are secured tightly against the wall with brackets that are attached to the floor and floor joists. These steel I-beams immediately stabilize the wall and protect it from further movement. There is an adjustable bracket that can be tightened over time to potentially reverse the wall failure.
In the Crawl Space, we installed the CleanSpace Liner. The CleanSpace Liner is a 20-mil-thick liner, similar to a pool liner, that is attached to the walls and floor of the crawl space to provide a moisture-proof barrier.