Wet Basement Solutions

Your problems with that musty, wet basement end here. When other waterproofing systems fail, Quality Dry Basements' stay dry – and we guarantee it in writing.

Common Problems

Every homeowner who wants to fix a leaky, wet basement should have a clear understanding of the underlying reasons for these problems:

Dreary Damp Basement
The floor is always damp and water pools when it rains. Water coming in from the floor or the edge where the wall and floor meets is commonly due to water pushing its way in due to the high-water pressure around your home.

Water Leaks around Ground-Level Windows
Water drips down our walls whenever it rains. We worry that water might be causing mold or damage inside the walls.

White Powder on Walls
We have powder on the walls that continues to grow over time. As water moves through the foundation walls, it dissolves some of the cement and precipitates it on the wall surface. This is commonly referred to as efflorescence.  Diminishing the water around the house will greatly reduce this effect.

Water in the Walls
Our paint bubbles and peels more every year. We don’t know how to stop the water from getting into our walls. This is likely due to painting the walls with a waterproofing paint that cannot hold back the continual increase of water pressure.

Mold and Mildew in the Basement
We can’t get rid of the mold and mildew because it’s always so damp and wet in our basement. We can’t get fresh air, and it’s a safety hazard. Humid air is present in the basement and needs to be removed or conditioned. A mold remediation is also needed to remove mold spores present in the basement surfaces.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind About Water:

A) Water pressure against your foundation- hydrostatic pressure, increases the stress pushing against your foundation, exhibiting an increase in the strain on your foundation. Cracks are common as the stress continues to push against the foundation. As this stress increases, walls may begin to push inward and eventually collapse.

B) Soils in our region are acidic in nature, which lead to acidic groundwater. This acid slowly eats away at the concrete and mortar, dissolving the lime, leaving behind the sand. This dissolving of the cement and mortar severely compromises the structural integrity of the foundation, allowing the walls to push in even easily.

C) The only way to inhibit this dual action against the foundation is to remove the hydrostatic pressure along the walls. By removing majority of the water within the back-filled area surrounding the house, the hydrostatic pressure is decreased significantly and the chemical reactions, which can ruin the foundation, are diminished.

The Quality Dry Basements Difference at a Glance

Quality Dry Basements provides wet basement solutions using only ICC approved* materials of the highest quality. Most of our equipment comes with long manufacturer's warranties and are known for their durability and longevity. The materials we use are best in-class pumps, diverters, drains, and barriers.

*The International Code Council (ICC) approval gives homeowners and professionals the confidence that products are code compliant and can be safely used.

With a background in both waterproofing and foundation repair, we have a comprehensive understanding of how to solve your problem.

  • Our system uses the most recent technologies for stabilizing your structure by measuring the friction from the soil and the pressure against the bedrock.
  • We ensure that customers know exactly what they are paying us for.
  • We provide full insurance.
  • Financing is available.
  • Educational sales presentation – no high pressure sales.

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Sump Pump Installation

A good sump pump is your final line of defense against indoor flooding.

Basement flooding is most often caused by water build up in the soil that makes its way into your basement. A sump pump is used to pump out water from the lowest section of the basement before the water level reaches the basement floor.

Effective sump pumps need to be operational round the clock to avoid flooding and overflowing the sump pit. Many pumps come with a battery backup power supply that will pump water out of the house for an extended period of time in case the primary power system fails.

While installing sump pumps, it might be useful to also include perimeter drainage in your crawl space or basement. Otherwise you must be prepared to push excess water into the sump pump well when necessary. Placement of your sump pump is vital to ensure water continues to be withdrawn from your house. An incorrect placement could allow water to flow back into the basement and lead to additional flooding.

Why is a Sump Pump So Important to Solving Your Web Basement Problems?

A sump pump is an electrical pump installed in a home's basement to pump water either outside or into the home's drainage pipe system. It is a part of a wet basement solution and usually works in combination with a sump well or sealed sump crock pit. The sump pit collects the water before discharging it to a chosen location.

Our Professionals Evaluate the Following

  • The amount of water you generally get in the basement when it rains.
  • Overall length and height of the discharge line.
  • Optimum discharge location(s), so water will not run back against the foundation.

Are you interested in a quote for a sump pump installation for your home? View some of our completed basement projects, then contact us for an inspection.

Mold Remediation Services

The words WET and MUSTY don't have to apply to your basement anymore!

Call Quality Dry Basements to get the right system for your home. We provide the best waterproofing systems that guarantee in keeping your basement dry at affordable rates.

Do you recognize any of these mold problems?

Research Indicates That Mold Can Be Extremely Harmful

Mold consists of naturally occurring microscopic organisms, which reproduce by spores. They break down and feeds on organic matter in the environment. Mold spores spread through the air, and the combination of excessive moisture and organic matter allows for their growth.

Not all, but certain types and amounts of mold can lead to adverse health effects, and/or visible residue growth ranging in color from orange to green, brown, and/or black. Often there is a musty odor present. Reducing moisture in your home and keeping it properly clean significantly reduces the chance of mold growth.

Mold Spreads Quickly in Your Home, and It Can Also Spread Through Your Body

Mold spores float through the air and we inhale them into our lungs. They spread in the warm, moist internal environment. Spores grow in the bathroom, behind walls, under floors, through the ceiling, vents, under carpets, and wherever they can find sufficient place to spread. They creep through your walls, your floorboards, and flourishes in plain sight, and even in the remotest, darkest corners. If you have mold in your home it would be a good idea to call a professional about installing wet basement solutions.

Is There Mold in Your Home?

Check your home to see if you have some of the warning signs of a mold infestation:

  • Visible mold around the corners.
  • Bubbling or swelling of walls or flooring.
  • Musty odors, showers, bath, sink, or toilet overflows.
  • Inadequate ventilation.
  • Leaky faucets, plumbing.
  • Discoloration of walls, baseboards, doors, window frames, ceilings.
  • Moisture dripping from or around vents.
  • Loose, missing, or failing grout or caulk around tubs, showers, sinks, faucets, or countertops.
  • Any excessive moisture.

Cracked Foundation Repairs

For smaller issues, we can seal cracks or holes that seep water into the basement. We can use hydraulic cement or epoxy injection to seal the crack and prevent water from flowing through. Keep in mind, this method only stops water from coming through that hole or weak point. It does not solve the larger issue of water pressure present behind the wall, pushing and trying to get in. Therefore, we commonly see water will go to a new area or go around the crack to release the pressure.

View some of our completed basement projects or call us for a free inspection so we can assess your situation and and provide options.

“With over 5″ of rain from Hurricane Elsa the drain system in the basement was put to the test and worked. We had a steady stream of water coming in at the well pipes and along about 6′ of the left rear wall… The water went into the drain system…there was NO water on the center of the basement floor. And nothing running across the floor… The drain system is a success.”

Anne D.

Guilford, CT

“We had a great experience… The (new) owner and the workers were all careful, respectful and excellent in their work. Tom, the owner, was very patient detailing all the installation details and how to maintain the system moving forward. Very highly recommended and very reasonable price as well.”

Costas A.

New Haven, CT

“…Tom and the team worked efficiently and completed the work on time, leaving the area clean. During the work, an additional problem was discovered which Tom was able to resolve within the already agreed terms. Overall very happy with what was done and will gladly recommend their work.”

Plamen E.

Fairfield, CT

“Tom was very responsive, thorough, helpful and professional. He and his staff/crew did a great job. The cost was reasonable for the job and he did very timely follow up and communicated throughout the entire process.”

Teren B.

Ridgefield, CT

“We had an emerging issue with some water seepage in our basement and Tom came to take a look and offer some suggestions.  The work was done on time (one day) and on budget and very professionally.”

John F.

New Canaan, CT

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