It’s not uncommon for homeowners to dislike the idea that they can’t fix everything around their home. But you can’t blame them. Everyone wants to be independent and capable of handling problems in their life. Thankfully, our customer from Chattanooga, TN, was more than aware of how serious of a problem he was up against.
While removing drywall from the homeowners’ basement, a general contractor came across something unexpected. The basement walls were wet and full of cracks, which could only mean one thing: groundwater was seeping into the lower-grade level. Luckily, the contractor’s previous experience with our team at AFS was great, and he was quick to contact us once again.
Because the contractor is in the construction business too, he understood how important it is to have professional help when dealing with water seepage. The home is safe and secure now and the homeowners can go about their normal life.
In the following, we’ll explain the whole project so that we can help you better understand how important proper waterproofing is for your home.
We should first mention some details about the local weather in Chattanooga, TN. This way, you’ll be able to better understand what can happen to your home and basement and what we were up against in this case. Namely, Tennessee is all about a moderate climate with warm summers and cool winters. The soil is mostly clay, which leads to countless problems whenever there’s a storm.
Even if clay isn’t necessarily a bad type of soil, it does present homeowners and construction crews with unique challenges. Besides being prone to creep, clay will expand due to extensive rain. After all, experts call it expansive soil. This characteristic means that when it’s full of water, it will begin to push up against surfaces in its way, causing cracks that will further allow water to seep through. Unfortunately for the homeowners, this was exactly what they were up against.
The home we were working on was built in the early 1970s and the homeowners had been living there from the beginning. During all these years, they had various problems, but nothing like this. The positive experience their contractor had with us was what encouraged them to allow the contractor to get in touch with our team. He was aware that this wasn’t something he could handle on his own. So, let’s look into what our team found on site.
Besides being aware that damp walls and cracks aren’t something he could fix on his own, the contractor was more than helpful by being clear about the whole situation. The thing is, some homeowners don’t know much about construction and will have confusing ideas about what they want, leading to complications for all parties.
But as we’ve said, our customer was the contractor, and he knew how to handle the situation in the best possible way. His assessment of the situation was spot on, which allowed us to prepare properly for what we were coming up against. Hence, we could finish our job in just one day.
The situation went something like this. The walls in the basement were damp and full of cracks and fractures. The water was free to seep into the lower-grade level of the home, upping the moisture levels. Luckily, there was still no mold there. But if their contractor didn’t notice the problems, who knows what their basement had in store for the future.
Unsurprisingly, the basement was well-prepared for the repair process. By clearing out the basement before our team arrived, the contractor and homeowners allowed for immediate assessment of the situation. This might sound unimportant, but it’s crucial. With the storage space clear, we could focus on the important things without losing time moving all the homeowners’ belongings.
After the initial inspection, it was time for our team to do their job. Due to clay soil expanding, the cracks on the walls were allowing the water to come into the basement. Hence, the team’s idea was to control any groundwater seepage and wall moisture. They installed the AquaStop interior perimeter drainage system.
After that, the crew applied a vapor barrier to the walls. In our experience, typical 6-mil vapor barriers don’t quite do the job, so we opt for a thicker barrier. It has better quality, meaning that it will provide the basement walls with more protection from seeping groundwater.
With the homeowners’ approval, our professionals installed a sump pump too. Its purpose is to collect any water intercepted by the interior drainage system and pump it out of the basement and away from the home. Additionally, the team added three wall anchors to support the basement walls and close the cracks on them too.
The Bottom Line
It’s safe to say that the repairs left both our longtime customer (the contractor) and the homeowners satisfied. By waterproofing the basement, the family can now enjoy their home to its fullest extent once again. Of course, this doesn’t mean that they won’t have future problems with something else since being a homeowner isn’t exactly carefree. Nevertheless, until some new problems occur, they won’t be needing our help.
If you’re having problems with your foundation or basement, you can contact us as well. Our team at AFS in Tennessee is more than willing to come to your home and give you a free inspection. After assessing the situation, they’ll present you with several options to repair and improve your home.
The best thing about contacting us is that the repairs won’t just suit your home, but they’ll also be perfect for your wallet. Act now, and make sure you and your family enjoy the safety of your home like you should.