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When the Rains Come to Town: Protecting Your Basement from Flooding

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Summer rains are just around the corner and while they may bring fields of green to the land, they also bring floods to our homes. Last year’s floods took many homeowners and business owners by surprise. Many were not prepared for the heavy rain and lack of education led to basements drowning in flood water. Flooding is not an isolated issue that affects only old homes. With a couple days of heavy rain even the newest of homes can face leakage issues. The best way to guard one’s property from this water intrusion is to waterproof it. When it rains the soil around your property will carry the water, which will eventually find a path into the small cracks and corners of your foundation wall that are unprotected. Now you may think: Don’t I have a drain that is supposed to take care of that? Drains are installed during the construction of the home in order to stop leakage. However, the issue that we most commonly see is the drains are not doing their job.

Some of the most common problems include:

  • The drains don’t lead out anywhere.
  • The place they lead off to is blocked, clogged or crushed.
  • The drains clog as the water washing into them brings silt and sediment with it.
  • The drains have very little or no stone around them – stone is expensive.
  • The drains are not connected as a continuous loop or are installed to high.

Come rainy season these drains are just not enough for keeping water out of the home. Of course then there is that next line of defense; coating on basement walls. Many homeowners believe that the coating on their basement walls is 100% waterproof. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, most wall coatings, even those on new homes, will use inexpensive black tar coatings called “damp-proofing.” These are unreliable and do not bridge wall cracks nor are they effective when it comes to stopping water leakage. Homes built before 1985 all were damp-proofed, and surprisingly, even today 85% of homes have damp-proofed foundation walls.

Relying on these methods to keep their basement dry has cost homeowners expensive furniture and carpeting, all of which are fair game for water leakage.

So, what do you do?

The best and most reliable method that will not only keep your basement from flooding but also keep out small water leakage is a Sump System aided by a BasementGutter™ System. These two products work really well in combination to stop water intrusion. Peak Structural strives to provide customers with a proven method for basement waterproofing. The AquaStop Triple Sump Pump System provides guarantee security from flooding and when it is paired with the BasementGutter™ system it works to keep every corner of your basement water free. For homes that have a crawlspace, Peak Structural uses CrawlSeal™, a product that works to de-humidify the area, protecting your home from mold and water intrusion.

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