Professional Basement Waterproofing in St. Louis and the Surrounding Area
Standing water in your basement after a big storm or in the spring when snow is melting is a common problem in the St. Louis area.
At Perma Jack of St. Louis, we bring nearly 50 years of experience in basement waterproofing in and around St. Louis. Without proper repair, a leaking or wet basement can become a real hazard. Wet basements can cause mold and damage the integrity of the structure’s basement foundation. This type of structural damage typically results in cracking basement walls, cracked concrete floors, bowed foundation walls, and may even require foundation repair services. Ultimately, this kind of problem can result in a substantial reduction in the value of your property.
Basement waterproofing problems in St. Louis are caused mostly by the age of the structure, the clay bowl effect, and hydrostatic pressure buildup against your foundation. Using specially designed and installed waterproofing systems for St. Louis area homes and businesses, we can control water and prevent it from causing lasting damage. Water will typically be entering the basement through wall cracks or at the seam where the walls and floor meet.
One of the systems we use to repair a wet or leaking basement is a perimeter basement waterproofing system. This system is a very effective method of draining water from basement walls and lowering the water table below the basement floor. This method of basement waterproofing eliminates the need for costly dehumidifiers. Because the basement waterproofing product we use can be a sealed system , it improves the quality of the indoor air and is also compatible with basement radon systems.
Common Causes of Basement Waterproofing Problems
The three main causes of basement waterproofing problems in the St. Louis area are the age of the structure, the clay bowl effect, and hydrostatic pressure buildup around the foundation. Our team is equipped to help you stop water from entering your basement with a perimeter basement waterproofing system installed by our experts. Read below to learn more about each of the causes of basement waterproofing problems.
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Age of The Structure
Over time, as all things do, the foundation of your home or business weakens. This is mainly caused by exposure to the elements, common construction practices when the structure was built, and poor soil conditions around the foundation. As your structure weakens other forces like hydrostatic pressure can cause a host of foundation issues including water leaks, cracked walls, and bowed foundation walls.
Clay Bowl Effect
The clay bowl effect occurs because of the way structures are built. During construction a large hole is dug in the ground in which the foundation is constructed. This hole needs to be bigger than the overall foundation to allow room for the contractor to finish the foundation. Once complete the gap between the foundation and the soil is filled with excavated soil. This soil is known as “backfill” and will often be loose from the excavation. This loose soil surrounding your basement is often more absorbent causing excess water to build up around your foundation.
Hydrostatic Pressure and Wet Soil
Water is heavy! As the soil around your basement is saturated with water, the soil around your foundation will expand and the weight of the water in the soil will be pressing against your foundation. This pressure, also known as hydrostatic pressure, builds against the foundation of your basement and will find its way inside in any way possible. Hydrostatic pressure can also cause wall cracks and bowed basement walls which allow water into your basement.
Why Should You Waterproof Your Basement?
Controlling and removing the water that enters your basement will not only allow you to safely use your basement for storage or an additional room, it will also prevent excess humidity which can cause the growth of mold and mildew which can cause serious health problems for you or your family. Basement waterproofing is especially important for St. Louis area homes and businesses that have a finished basement. Waterproofing issues in a finished basement can cost you thousands of dollars if they cause mold growth or damage existing walls.
How To Identify Basement Waterproofing Issues
There are several areas in your basement that can cause leaks and other basement waterproofing issues. Our team at Perma Jack of St. Louis has the expertise and solutions you need to keep your basement dry and free from water leaks year-round. Look below to see if you recognize any areas of your basement that are letting water in. Contact our team to learn more.
Window Well Leaks
Regularly check window wells in your basement for cracks and leaks.
Cove Joint Seepage
The cove joint is where your foundation walls and floor meet. During heavy storms it can cause water to enter your basement.
Cinder block and stone walls are held together with mortar. This mortar can break down causing waterproofing issues.
Wall and Floor Cracks
Wall and floor cracks are two of the leading causes of basement waterproofing issues. They provide a path for water to enter your basement.
Tie Rod Leaks
Tie rods are small steel rods that are used to hold together the forms of a poured foundation during construction. They can cause water to enter your basement.
Like tie rods any pipe or object which penetrates the foundation walls below-grade can be cause for concern.
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Our Basement Waterproofing Solutions
Our team at Perma Jack of St. Louis offers professionally designed and installed basement waterproofing systems to help keep your basement dry year-round. Our systems drain water from walls, lowers the water table below your floor and keeps water out of your basement. We use interior drainage systems, moisture barrier paneling, and custom designed sump pump systems to keep water out of your basement.
Sump Pump Installation
Our team installs complete sump pump systems for home and business owners across the St. Louis area. These systems are custom designed to fit your space and utilize the best pumps and materials for the job. Our sump pump basins are designed and manufactured in the United States and feature a one-piece injection molded structural foam construction. The basins are designed to provide superior structural rigidity. These sump basins are coupled with a sump pump designed to fit your space.
Durawall Waterproofing Panels for Basements
Our Durawall moisture barrier paneling is a rigid, high performance waterproofing panel designed as a permanent solution to cover and seal interior foundation walls. The panels are non-permeable to moisture and act as a vapor barrier permanently installed on your foundation. Moisture entering your basement through your foundation is directed into a subsurface drainage system keeping your basement dry.
Our Basement Waterproofing Systems Vs. Our Competitors
|Perma Jack||Drain Tile||Basement Systems||Hydraway|
|Drain water from walls|
|Lower water table below floor|
|No need for expensive High Capacity Dehumidifier|
|No need for drainage floor covering|
|Radon system compatible|
|Sealed system – improves indoor air quality|
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Contact Our Team for Basement Waterproofing in St. Louis
Do you think you have a basement waterproofing problem? Our team at Perma Jack of St. Louis specializes in installing complete basement waterproofing systems to fix wet basements. Contact our team today at 636-225-2553 or fill out our online contact form below to schedule an appointment. Need more information? Check out our basement waterproofing FAQ and our top 10 items to check when choosing a basement waterproofing company.