Champion Guarantees Residential Waterproofing Plus Foundation Repair Solutions for Kentucky and Southern Indiana Families
Champion is a locally owned company (not a franchise) offering comprehensive residential waterproofing and foundation-repair services to Kentucky and Southern Indiana homes.
Our most common services are basement waterproofing (with a 100% Life of Structure Warranty) and foundation repair, but you will find that we are comprehensive problem-solvers with services that range from window-well repair and replacement to basement construction services. Our many teams of experts do things the right way from the start, with a culture of service to home owners who would simply like a warm, dry, stable, safe home for their families.
Common Residential Waterproofing Problems & Solutions in Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Most of our repairs involve sealing foundation wall cracks in poured concrete foundations … the most common type of foundation in Louisville. Cracks are obvious in unfinished basements. Leaking cracks in basement walls and floors leave water stains, and sometimes puddles. In a finished basement, the cracks aren’t visible, so we have to find the area where water first enters the basement, and also search the exterior for cracks. Most cracks extend to the top of the foundation wall, which is normally exposed above the soil line.
A common cause of a leaky, wet basement is seepage at the cove joint, where the floor and wall meet. Often this is caused by hydrostatic pressure, which occurs when the water table rises after prolonged rain or melting snow. The accumulated weight of water in the ground (8 pounds per gallon) forces water underneath the footing and up into the basement. The best solution to this type of problem is the installation of a Drain Tile System with a sump pump used to discharge the water. The drain tile (called a French drain in some parts of the country) relieves the hydrostatic pressure by providing an easy path for the water to escape, and then uses the pump to move the water away from the foundation. This solution can be applied on the interior or exterior, depending on the situation.
Residential Grading Problems and Solutions
Sometimes we find that a wet basement is caused by water coming over the top of the foundation, through the mortar joints between the bricks on the top of the foundation wall. This occurs because the exterior grade is built up above the top of the foundation wall, either by earth or by the previous construction of driveways, walks or patios.
One solution is primarily a landscaping project of lowering the grade. If this isn’t possible, we usually recommend that an Exterior Subsoil Membrane be applied to the below-grade portion of the wall. It only needs to cover the wall from the soil line down, and overlap the foundation by about 6 inches. Membranes are also very effective for waterproofing brick and stone foundations.
Start With a Free Consultation for Waterproofing and Foundation Inspection
There are many other ways water can enter a basement, and just as many solutions. The key to waterproofing your basement starts with properly finding the source of the problem. Champion Waterproofing offers a free consultation and estimate by a trained and experienced estimator as the first step in basement waterproofing.
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