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"No Digging" Waterproofing SystemBasement waterproofing Lexington, KY: Great Lakes Waterpoofing, Inc. has been providing a permanent solution to basement waterproofing in Lexington, KY since 1978! Our company utilizes several techniques to ensure your basement water problems in Lexington, KY are solved for good. Each leaky basement is unique, so we have a waterproofing specialist analyze your basement for free.  This inspection includes a 12 pt. checklist in which he will analyze the condition of your foundation, observe wall cracks or mortar joint cracks that could result in basement water leakage, examine your floor for signs of hydrostatic pressure (which would require basement drain tile), and look for other factors that require foundation waterproofing.  In Lexington Kentucky, our regional manager does all inspections and monitors the work being performed from start to finish.

 

Below is a list of basement sealing options our company provides in Kentucky:

 

 

 

PROBLEM #1:

WALL SEEPAGE, FOUNDATION WALL CRACKS, OR PIPE/WINDOW WELL LEAKAGE IN LEXINGTON, KY 

 

It is natural for water to form around the external basement walls of a house. As a foundation ages, weather conditions force the basement walls to expand and contract which inevitably create wall cracks. These cracks slowly expand until water is able to seep through into the basement’s interior.

 

SOLUTION:

BENTONITE SYSTEM (NO DIGGING!)   

 

Lexington Basement WaterproofingTime and experience have proven Bentonite pressure pumping to be the most effective answer to basement seepage issues. This method, exclusive to our company in Lexington, involves injecting Bentonite clay around the exterior walls of the basement WITHOUT DIGGING. Once injected, the Bentonite will become a peanut butter consistency and expand to create a clay membrane around the exterior walls.  The reason this process is so unique is that it prevents water from passing through it from the outside, rather than allowing water into the basement and redirecting it. By stopping the basement leak on the outside, this process can actually assist in wall repair and increase the longevity of your walls.  The injection method is highly demanded because it eliminates cutting a floor with a drain tile system / French drain system (which weakens the foundation) or destroying landscaping (by digging around the outside). Bentonite clay will not evaporate or deteriorate from age or soil condition. It forms a flexible barrier, sealing off wall fractures up to 12 inches wide by swelling directly into the cracks & pores of walls. This thick, flexible barrier forms the valuable “Zone of Protection”, providing a permanent waterproofing solution.  To see more about this process Click Here

 

 

 

Drain Tile _ French Drain System

Once finished, the Drain Tile system is level with your floor.

PROBLEM #2

HYDROSTATIC PRESSURE

This issue occurs when a concentration of water pressure builds underneath the footing due to high water tables or heavy rains.  This can cause water to seep through floor cracks, porous cement, or flood the basement completely. Poured concrete walls- the water travels between the wall and the footing, and leaks through the gap between the floor and the wall. No drilling is necessary on a poured wall.Block walls- the water seeps through mortar joints and pores in the blocks. The hollow cores of the blocks must be drilled to exhaust the water into the Drain Tile system by using wall board.

SOLUTION #2

BASEMENT DRAIN TILE SYSTEM WITH SUMP PUMP INSTALLATION IN LEXINGTON, KY 

The “No Digging” Bentonite injection system was created specifically to prevent basement wall leaks.  In the case that the Bentonite injection cannot solve the problem because the water is entering through the floor, a drain tile system would be installed and would lead to a Sump Pump Basin.  This process alleviates water pressure coming from underneath the floor by inserting a gravity fed French Drain system below the footing, running it to a Sump Pump crock and pumping it out of the basement through a discharge line. Although you do not want to cut into your foundation if you can prevent it, drain tile systems are the ONLY solution to hydrostatic pressure problems.

PROBLEM #3

FOUNDATION CRACKS / BOWING BASEMENT WALLS

A foundation’s primary purpose, whether it is block, poured concrete, or stone, is to support the compressive load of the building.

However, in Lexington, KY, these building components are generally weak in strength and lateral forces. Thus, concrete and other building materials incorporate reinforcing materials, such as rebar, to increase the lateral load capacity of the foundation wall. Sometimes, these reinforcing methods are not enough and lateral forces can overcome the strength of the wall.

A Bowed Basement or crumbling Foundation Walls can occur as a result of soil loads pushing against the wall. Compounded with depth and other factors, the lateral forces can surpass the foundation’s original resistance to these loads. Over time, these factors can produce lateral bending and the foundation or basement wall becomes bowed. This condition also produces significant cracking.  If left unattended this condition will worsen with time jeopardizing both the structural integrity and resale value of the property.

 

FOUNDATION REPAIR IN LEXINGTON, KY 

Wall Stabilization

 

A Bowed basement or foundation wall can be straightened but require excavation of foundation, lifting the weight of the structure off of the wall and pushing the wall back to as close to place as possible. Even after this is accomplished, the wall itself has lost the structural integrity and requires reinforcement. You can also reinforce a concrete wall that is still within tolerance at its current condition without straightening. Historically, I-beams were used to correct a bowed wall by erecting the beams in a fashion that provides lateral concrete reinforcement. While remaining an effective method, installation can be expensive and the end result are obtrusive beams sticking out from the wall. In addition, the cracks which have undoubtedly occurred as a result are not addressed.

 

Bowed basement walls can be resolved using the latest carbon-fiber technology developed by Fortress Stabilization Systems.  Using carbon-fiber kevlar sheet straps in combination with specifically designed epoxies, foundations can nowbe repaired and arrested with little to no obtrusiveness. The repaired bowed basement wall can then be painted thereby creating an almost invisible repair, thereby increasing the resale value of your home. Click Here to learn more about Foundation Repair.

 

Elevator Pit Waterproofing in Lexington KY

 

Great Lakes Waterproofing, Inc. utilizes all of the previous methods discussed on this page to prevent commercial elevator pit or industrial elevator pit water damage in Lexington KY.  Our elevator pit waterproofing specialists in Lexington Kentucky use a combination of the Bentonite injection system to prevent wall water and the the drain tile system to seal elevator pits from damaging water caused by leaks in the foundation. Contact us today if elevator pit water is present in your Lexington KY building.  Visit our Elevator Pit Waterproofing page to read more information about how we cure elevator pit water issues.