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Waterproofing vs Water Control
Truth in Waterproofing
All Basement Waterproofing Problems Are Not Alike
Integrity Waterproofing is the local Cleveland name you can trust in basement waterproofing.
In an industry made up of look-alike companies, with similar approaches and solutions, Integrity Waterproofing stands alone. The majority of basement waterproofing being performed today comes from system companies. System companies claim to do all types of waterproofing, but will always steer you to their method, which is usually an interior water control system.
Integrity Waterproofing takes a problem solving approach to basement and leaky foundation issues, as opposed to a one size fits all system approach. There are many causes of basement seepage, and many distinct foundation-related problems. By identifying the specific problem and its root cause, we provide our customers with the right solution for their property. This not only assures satisfaction, but often saves money. System companies are ultimately unconcerned with the cause of the problem, because the solution they will propose is the same for everyone.
Causes of Basement Water Seepage
Two primary reasons basements leak:
Improper drainage & Cracked foundation walls
Waterproofing is all about moving water fast enough to always keep the water level below the basement floor.
There are two sets of drainage systems around your home.
- The drain tile that sits at the bottom of the foundation.
- Downspout lines that sit a little bit higher.
When the drain tiles are fully functional, the water moves fast enough to never build up above the drain tiles.
When they are not functional, water stacks & creates pressure which causes seepage.
If your contractor is not replacing your drain tile, you are NOT purchasing waterproofing, you are purchasing a water control system!
Damp walls are a result of your foundation cracking. NEVER attempt to fix the wall dampness or damage with an interior water control system.
Terra cotta tile foundations typically found on homes 80 years or older, often have more openings or cracks than the cement block foundations.
Water control systems will speed up the deterioration of your walls.
Waterproofing prevents the causes of basement seepage.
Water control systems allow the water to enter in order to pump it out.
Most municipalities in North Eastern Ohio issue separate permits. One for waterproofing and one for water control systems. The only way to be issued a waterproofing permit is by replacing all drainage, drain tiles and down spouts.
Waterproofing vs Water Control
Keep water out all together vs. letting water in and pumping it out!
See What Our Customers Are Saying…
“Steve provided a very informative and educational assessment of my home and quoted several options available to me. At no time did I feel any pressure. Exterior waterproofing is an enormous undertaking, and his crew completed the job in four days. During the project, the job sight was kept neat and orderly. One of my initial concerns was the inconvenience this would cause my neighbor. As it turns out, Steve has this down to a science. My neighbor was hardly affected when that side of the house was worked on. Actually, my neighbor came to me one night to compliment the crew. He said they were very polite and hard working.”
– M. Uline, Rocky River, Ohio
“It was an excellent experience for me as a homeowner. They completed the job in just three days as promised. Great care was taken to protect my belongings and the rest of the home from dust; clean up and finish work was very thorough. What could have potentially been a messy nightmare was in fact a very pleasant experience from start to finish. These are skilled craftsmen who take pride in their work and strive to serve their clients with understanding and respect. I highly recommend Integrity Waterproofing, the name says it all!”
– J. Kushner, Lakewood, Ohio
“If you are serious about having your basement waterproofed, stop searching and hire this company. I did a lot of research and had estimates from 5 different companies. Integrity did everything they claimed they would do. The workers were friendly and professional. They even worked in the rain to get the job done on time. For the first time since I’ve owned this house, I have a dry basement. I could not be any more pleased than I am with the job. I recommend them to any one looking for a quality basement waterproofing job. Integrity… the name says it all.”
– T. Popley, Lakewood, Ohio
Waterproofing Best Practices
Waterproofing will result in the driest possible basement. All causes of water seepage are addressed. Experts agree that the very best method to deal with water intrusion is on the outside where the problems exist. If any one tells you different, they are attempting to sell you an interior water control system. No work is necessary inside of the basement when true basement waterproofing is performed, as all of the water is kept outside where it belongs.
Basement waterproofing requires excavating to the footing, or the bottom of the foundation, replacing both sets of drainage tile, footing and downspout, and treating the walls. An important difference is in the material used to waterproof the walls. Most companies are using the same sealant that was being used twenty years ago, tar. Tar is not waterproofing, it is damproofing. Tar has no flexibility and quickly will crack. With the seal compromised, the whole process of dampness leading to cracking leading to water, begins again.
Other Waterproofers – What Can I Expect?
Let’s face it, the waterproofing industry does not enjoy the best of reputations. Integrity Waterproofing was formed with the idea that there must be a better way. With this in mind, and with no intention of knocking the competition, allow us to explain some pitfalls you may find dealing with other waterproofers.
When you hire Integrity Waterproofing, you receive the correct solution, a fair price, and the highest quality installation.
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