It is important to the health of your family that your basement is kept dry and the air quality are at safe levels. Doing so can help preserve the structural integrity of your home.
Basement flooding is caused when water enters the basement. This can happen in a variety of ways; over the top of the foundation, the cove joint (where the wall and floor meet), leaking wall or floor cracks, basement windows, above grade issues like windows and siding.
Moisture can cause expensive damage, including rotting of support beams and floor joists. This decaying wood doesn’t just endanger the home’s structural integrity, but it can also be very attractive to unwanted pests, including termites and roaches. Furthermore, moisture in this area of the home can lead to growth of dangerous mold or mildew. This is a fungus that can grow on walls, floors, or ceilings, and it can make the home “like a basement”, which could lead to a variety of serious health problems. These issues can be avoided by making sure that an effective basement waterproofing system is installed to help keep it moisture-free.
Installing an interior drain tile system is most commonly recommended to address seepage through the cove joint (where the floor and wall meet) or through floor cracks. It is also commonly used as a complete solution to control and prevent just about any type of seepage. The procedure involves opening the floor along the perimeter foundation wall(s) and installing a perforated drain pipe surrounded with washed gravel at the base of the wall. The system collects water from multiple sources and empties it into a sump pump.