How can I stop water seepage from entering my basement?
Our Method – Real Dry™ Baseboard Channel
The Real Dry™ system is a baseboard channel system which controls hydrostatic water pressure at its source of entry. It is vinyl baseboard which is bonded to the floor and sits next to the wall. In a finished home it takes the place of the baseboard trim that surrounds the foundation walls. Baseboard waterproofing is a use of new technology. The bonding agent is the key to a baseboard system. Real Dry uses an exclusive epoxy that is extremely strong. In fact, it’s stronger than the concrete floor that it is bonded to. It will set up underwater, which means you don’t have to wait until your basement is dry to solve the problem. Finally it does not break down over time. That means that it can be guaranteed for a very long time. The system can be drained to either a sump pit or floor drain (if allowed by your local municipality).
- Affordable – 1 to 2 day installation means less cost for you.
- Non-invasive – since your concrete floor isn’t torn up there is virtually no dust and mess.
- Repair work is also non-invasive.
- Can be installed in finished and non-finished homes.
- System can be painted.
- Real Dry™ epoxy will not break down over time.
- Real Dry™ epoxy will set up in wet environments. That means you don’t have to wait until your basement is dry to fix your problem.
- Real Dry™ only deals with seepage that enters the structure so humidity levels are not increased.
- Real Dry™ can easily be sealed if radon gas is a concern or problem in your home.
- Cannot be used in sub-standard construction (red brick bat, sand stone block, dirt, or extremely thin concrete floors, and dirt floor crawlspaces.
The Other Method – Sub-Floor Tile
Sub-floor interior tile systems relieve hydrostatic water pressure from beneath the floor. They cut and remove the concrete floor from around the outside perimeter foundation wall. Then they dig a trench next to the footing. A field tile is inserted into the trench with aggregate (rock). Some companies use a hybrid tile which also lies next to the wall. This is sometimes known as a French drain. Concrete is then poured to replace the broken floor. This system must drain into sump pump pit.
Disadvantages to tile:
- Extremely expensive due to the amount of labor involved.
- Very invasive – the concrete basement floor must be torn up, moving dirt and concrete through your home. Large amounts of messy concrete dust is produced due to the cutting up of the concrete.
- Even if system is guaranteed, repairs are also invasive. No matter how reputable the company repairs do happen. That means if you finish your basement and a tile system needs repaired you may lose your improvements.
- Average job time 3 – 5 days.
- Cutting and breaking concrete is messy business and creates massive amounts of dust. Secondary cleaning costs for basement, duct work, and upstairs living area.
- Since all sub-slab systems lie beneath the floor and have direct access to the water table and soil, they are subject to soil sediment, plant root systems and if improperly installed can undermine your foundation.
- Hybrid systems (sub-slab systems that drain the wall as well as the foundation: ie: Basement Systems® WaterGuard System™) are open to the basement where the wall & floor meet. This can allow:
- increase in humidity levels in the structure which can be a precursor to dust mites and mold.
- radon gas to enter your structure because the systems are not easily sealed.
- the same issues as traditional sub-slab systems if your footing doesn’t extend at least four inches from the wall.
8. Extremely difficult and messy to install when the water table is high. Installation may have to be delayed until ground dries out.
- Only system that can be used in sub-standard construction (red brick bat, sand stone block, dirt, or extremely thin concrete floors, and dirt floor crawlspaces.)
Basement De-Watering Systems® has installed over 6 million feet in 3 countries. We’ve installed systems in schools, churches, businesses, unfinished basements, and million dollar homes. Call us and let us eliminate your water seepage problem today. 1-800-331-2943