One of the best ways to prevent a home from a water intrusion is to ensure that a basement or crawl space is adequately sealed. Many homeowners think they can tackle a project of this nature on their own, but quickly realize that it requires a great deal of skill and knowledge. Here is a quick look at the most common techniques used by a contractor for making sure a home has a dry basement in Westford MA and why they are projects best left to a professional.
Sump Pump Installation
A sump pump moves any water outside a home so that it is not allowed to collect and pond inside. A hole is dug into the foundation, generally at a depth of 3 feet, which acts as the primary entry source for water. A pump is then placed in the small well and will remove the water as the levels increase, and the pump is activated. This is a good option for home’s that are built on water tables and struggle with large amounts of water flowing into a basement through the foundation.
Foundation Wall Wrap
Another great option is to install a foundation wall wrap, which involves lining the walls of a basement with a PVC based flexible plastic. The sheets are mounted on the wall and then sealed together to create a watertight barrier that will prevent the onset of a water intrusion and provide a Dry Basement in Westford MA. A wall wrap also adds additional insulative properties and can help with temperature regulation.
Internal Drainage System
When the installation of a sump pump is not practical, it may be more useful to utilize an internal drain system. A contractor will remove a portion of the foundation floor and line the exposed dirt with gravel. They will then place a pipe onto the gravel, and as water flows into the pipe, it will be channeled out and away from the house without there being any visual components.
It can be overwhelming to tackle a basement waterproofing project, but a professional contractor will have the tools and knowledge to complete the job quickly. Dry Crete Waterproofing can dry out the dampest basements through the use of innovative techniques that provide long-lasting results.