Springtime Means Waterproofing in California’s Bay Area


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Posted By: bayarea on 8th April 2014 Category: Foundation Repair

Spring Cleanup?

wet-basement-2During the spring in California, many homeowners not only contend with heavy rainfalls, but also with snow melt. These conditions saturate the soil around the foundation. As the soil expands, it produces hydrostatic pressure against the basement walls causing them to bow and crack. Water seeps through cracks in your basement or crawl space, causing standing water and water puddles. Water is the number one enemy when it comes to foundation and health issues. It can affect the air quality of your home, and eventually lead to foundation failure. Fortunately, there is a solution to protect your home from the spring weather. At Bay Area Underpinning, we offer adequate waterproofing solutions to keep your crawl space and basement dry. Our waterproofing methods are designed to guard your home against moisture by directing the flow of water away from your foundation.

Before you hire our team of professionals, make sure you take the necessary precautions to eliminate accumulating water around your home.

  1. Clean gutters on a regular basis by removing leaves and debris. This helps direct the water away from the home.
  2. Install downspout extensions to carry water away from the foundation.
  3. Fill in depressions or low spots in the ground. Heavy rains, especially in spring, can produce standing water in the soil and cause soil expansion.
  4. Repair plumbing leaks in crawl spaces. Lines can back up and cause water puddles in your crawl space. Since crawl spaces are out of sight and mind, excess water can produce drywall cracks and mold growth.

It is important to take these precautions in order to guard your home against water damage. If you notice wall and floor cracks, then contact our team of experts right away. We can inspect your home and provide a free estimate. The sooner you fix the problem, the less you would have to pay on foundation repairs.

Waterproofing Solutions in California

drainage-system-2Bay Area Underpinning offers effective waterproofing solutions to protect your home from radon, moisture, mold growth, and water leaks. Our waterproofing methods are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leading manufacturer in the waterproofing industry. From sump pumps to interior drainage systems, ECP offers the best solutions for all residential and commercial projects.

Exterior Waterproofing
Exterior waterproofing stops water from accumulating around the foundation and reaching your basement walls. It is an expensive waterproofing method, but yet effective. The products needed for installing a waterproofing system includes: waterproofing membranes, drainage boards, drain pipes, pipe fittings, sump basins, sump pumps, and freeze guards.

Interior Waterproofing
Our professionals install drain tiles beneath the concrete. The tiles are placed next to the footings with a vapor barrier wall covering that protects your home from moisture. The drain draws water from underneath the concrete and directs it into the sump pump to the exterior of the home.

Sump Pumps and Liners
Water in your basement or crawl space can be controlled with a sump pump. The pump removes excess water from your home so it remains safe and dry. Our professionals can help choose the right sump pump for your home. We consider the placement of the pump and the depth of the liner to avoid over drying the soil. We also provide battery backup sump pumps to remove water even when the power goes out.

If you need effective waterproofing, contact Bay Area Underpinning. Our ECP waterproofing products will prepare your home for springtime. We provide free estimates, so call us today.