Basement Repair for Your Lafayette Home
Are you dealing with wet or damp basement walls in your Lafayette home? There are a few things you should know that will help you navigate the repair and prevention process, including the possible causes and solutions available.
Causes of Water in Basement Walls
Why is your basement wet? If you can answer this question, you can help safeguard your home against future water damage. Here are the most common explanations for both dampness and wetness:
Water Intrusion: The melting snows and heavy rainfalls that are common in Indiana may cause the ground supporting your home to soften, which can then make your basement leak or flood. This type of flooding can lead to bowed walls and other dangerous types of structural damage.
Bowed or Leaning Walls: If you recently experienced a heavy rain or even a period of drought, the soil around your house may have expanded or contracted. Pressure on your home’s subterranean walls from overly wet soil can make basement walls bulge or leak. It can then lead to water entering your basement.
Wall Cracks: Cracks in your basement walls can also cause water to enter and flood your basement. Cracking can occur from a number of different causes, including foundation damage.
Sump Pump Failure: If your basement’s sump pump system fails—due to a power outage, being overworked or a general failure—water can quickly overtake your basement.
When too much water enters your basement, mold, mildew and other kinds of biological growth can appear on the wet surfaces. This growth can have structural effects as well as health effects on you and your family. Since a wet basement can lead to a lot of other issues, you should contact a trusted basement waterproofing contractor as soon as you see the dampness to start the repair process.
By now, you may be worrying about your wet or damp basement and be unsure of where to go from here. Luckily, Acculevel is here to relieve your fears. We tend to utilize the following two solutions to fix most flooding issues and help you drain your basement:
Water Tunneling: A Water Tunnel is a system that utilizes tunnels to relieve hydrostatic pressure that can build up around the foundation of your home. The tunnel has holes on each side, which collect water from the basement’s footing and wall joints as well as from under the flooring. The Water Tunnel has a special bottomless design which allows water to flow away from your basement. This special system allows the water to flow away at a rate of 140 gallons per minute.
Sump Pumps: Our high-quality sump pump systems all include special safeguards that protect your basement from mechanical failures and power outages. You should always have a second battery-operated pump within the sump’s liner to do just that. We offer three main kinds of sump pump drainage systems:
- A/C Backup: Our A/C Backup systems feature ½ horsepower pumps that can redirect an astounding amount of water: 4,200 gallons per hour. They have airtight seals to trap harmful substances, odors and bugs from under and above the basement’s floor. These systems also come with high water alarms if the system should fail. This gives you ample time to service the system before a flood can occur.
- D/C Backup: D/C Backup systems come with all of the features of A/C sump pumps, but also come with backup D/C cables that can pump 3300 gallons of water per hour. The high water alarm also comes with this system.
- Heavy Duty Sump Pump: Our Heavy Duty sump pumps are even more advanced than our D/C Backup options. They include all of the same benefits as those systems, but also come equipped with a second ½ horsepower sump pump for backup needs. This is a great option if you have had to worry too many times about power failures or basement floods and want a near-foolproof solution.
Get in touch with our Lafayette basement repair experts to learn more about these options for waterproofing your basement for a moisture-free future. We can help you figure out what your needs are and let you know the scope of the project before we get started.
Reliable Basement Repair in Lafayette
Acculevel has been offering customers like you top-quality Lafayette foundation repair and basement improvement services since 1996. When you are ready, fill out our contact form to schedule your free in-home inspection with one of our experienced basement repair team members.