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Getting water in your basement is at best a headache. It can also be costly, especially if you have a finished basement, and lead to health problems if the water spurs mold growth. For those and several other reasons, it is important to find a solution that keeps water out of your basement. At Jerry's Waterproofing, we know water problems and we can find a system that matches your home and specific water problems.

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What Causes Water To Seep Through a Foundation Wall?

basement waterproofing Omaha NESince most of Nebraska consists of clay soils, the state is more susceptible to foundation problems than other areas. During heavy rainfalls, water saturates the soil around or beneath a home's foundation. As the water pressure increases in the soil, it creates pressure against the foundation walls. As a result, cracks and gaps form throughout the foundation wall. Water seeps through the cracks, leading to standing water or completely flooded basements.

It is important for homeowners to keep water drained away from the foundation.

How Do You Waterproof a Basement?

There are several different ways to waterproof a home, and at Jerry's Waterproofing we have experience with most of them. This allows us to customize the solution to your home’s specific problems.

Exterior Waterproofing Options

Exterior waterproofing solutions generally function with one of two goals in mind: Move water away from your basement or keep water from getting through your basement walls. Here is an example of each:

French Drains and Channel Drains

When it comes from directing water away from your house, two options are French drains and channel drains, which use perforated or slotted piping to carry water to a point in your yard where it can dissipate more naturally without impacting your basement or your foundation walls.

With a French drain, installation involves digging a ditch and inserting the pipe into it at a grade that takes the water away from the house. The ditch is then covered with gravel. Essentially the drain makes sure the water’s path of least resistance runs away from your house instead of toward it where it can cause damage.

Catch basins also allow for the collection and dissipation of water in ways that won’t threaten your basement.

Waterproofing Membranes

waterproofing membrane installationWhile those methods direct water away from your house, reducing the hydrostatic pressure, an exterior waterproofing membrane can build up the defenses of your basement walls against any water that remains close to your home.

Jerry's Waterproofing uses TUFF-N-DRI waterproofing membranes, including a drainage board. The membrane is tough and resilient. We apply it to foundation walls for unsurpassed performance. Whether you have a poured concrete or masonry block foundation, it creates a strong bond so water won't enter.

The system includes a drainage board to keep water away from basement walls. It also insulates the basement, creating a more comfortable living area for your family.

Interior Waterproofing Options

Sumps Pumps & Battery Backup Pumps

Perhaps no piece of equipment is an synonymous with basement waterproofing as the sump pump, and they are the workhorse of most basement waterproofing systems.

Sump pumps are installed in a covered, lined hole in your basement floor, known as a sump pit. When enough water drains into the sump pit, the sump pump activates, pumping the water out of your house and far enough into your yard to keep it from causing more problems.

Some of our sump pumps have battery backups so they can keep your basement dry even if a storm knocks out your power. This is especially handy given that heavy storms are often the time you rely on your sump pump the most.

Basement Drainage Systems

Sump pumps are a necessary part of most interior waterproofing systems. In order for them to pump the water out, however, the water needs to reach the sump pit, ideally in a way that doesn't involve it first flooding the basement floor.

That is where basement drainage systems come into play. These consist of drainage tile laid along the basement walls below the basement's slab floor.

The following are among the usual steps in the installation process:

  1. We break up the concrete floor around the perimeter of the basement and dig a trench.
  2. If you have a block basement wall, we drill weep holes into the blocks, allowing any water that accumulates in the basement walls to flow directly into the drainage system.
  3. We lay perforated drainage tile in the trench, with the tile connecting either to a sump pit or other drainage area.
  4. We install a drainage membrane on the exposed wall and then fill the pit with gravel to add increased drainage capability.
  5. We cover the gravel with a layer of concrete, restoring the basement floor.

This system takes the water that would otherwise be flooding your basement floor and directs it outside, keeping your home dry.

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Looking for a Basement Waterproofing Expert Near Omaha or Lincoln? Contact Us Today

Jerry’s Waterproofing has been keeping Nebraska and Iowa basements dry for more than 30 years. We serve a radius of roughly 100-150 miles around our home in Omaha, Nebraska, including portions of western Iowa.

Contact us today to get a free estimate.

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