Causes of Basement Leaks & Flooding in Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor & nearby.
Wet soil can exert great pressure against the walls in your foundation, causing leaks and in worst cases flooding. Common causes for this type of failure include clogged drain pipes and other drainage issues. If you think your basement is undergoing such issues, have a professional over to inspect the situation and provide the best possible solution.
An effective drainage system, complete with a good quality sump pump, drastically reduces the risk of leaks and basement flooding. It is important to protect your home from rising water levels that may occur due to natural causes, such as hurricanes, as well as man-made ones, such as construction site runoff.
(the old-fashioned solution)
French Drains have been used for over 100 years to control groundwater around foundation walls, but this type of solution is problematic and outdated. As time goes by, silt and soil particles build up on the inner walls of the pipes, forming clogs. Eventually, the drain is rendered ineffective in diverting water from the footing creating leaks and flooding. In order to fix and clean clogged drain pipes, it is necessary to dig out the foundation up to the footing.
Interior Perimeter Drainage Systems in Detroit & Surrounding Areas
Basement Waterproofing of Michigan offers a superior alternative to the obsolete French drain. Our drainage system, installed along the interior perimeter of your basement, is fitted with valves that can be opened or closed remotely for maintenance purposes, without compromising its integrity whatsoever. It also remains accessible after years of use, unlike traditional methods that become clogged over time avoiding leaks and flooding.
Sump Pumps Installed in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids & Surrounding Areas
The sump pump is the core of our waterproofing system. Water collected by the perimeter drains is channelled into the GrateSump™ sump pit and pumped up and away from your foundation by the FastSump™ Sump Pump.
Battery Backup Sump Pumps
The sump pump needs electrical power to operate, which means they will be rendered non-operational during power cuts, unless you have a battery backup.
Have your sump pump fully operational even during power outages caused by storms, which is the time you will need it the most.
The standard in battery-backed sump pump systems. It automatically kicks in during power cuts and recharges once the power is restored.
The battery powers one 4-amp pump for up to 8,000-10,000 gallons and the system can be configured with two batteries for up to 12,000-14,000 gallons output.
The system also comes with a low battery alarm and LED that indicates in advance when more power is needed.
Sump Pump II
The ultimate protection for your basement. This dual-pump system can handle virtually any amount of water, and is sure to keep your basement dry even during prolonged power outages.
BWM provides solutions for Basement Leaks & Flooding in Metro Detroit MI
What is a French Drain?
The French or footing drain is a line of clay or corrugated pipe installed by the footing, around the entire external perimeter of the basement. Its job is to collect groundwater and divert it away from the foundation.
Do I need a French Drain?
If your home is less than 100 years old, chances are it already has a French drain. That is how long it´s been used to control groundwater. Yet, if your basement is still leaking, it is probably because it is clogged or collapsed. You will either need to dig out your foundation and replace the pipe or have an Interior Drainage System installed along the interior perimeter of your basement, instead.
What is an Interior Drainage System?
An interior basement drainage system replaces the old-fashioned French drain with a few advantages. If there is a problem with it, you do not need to excavate your yard. It can be fixed from the interior of the basement. Interior drainage systems come in all shapes and sizes. Some contractors use generic corrugate pipes and some, like Basement Waterproofing of Michigan, use exclusive, patented drainage systems, that are specifically designed to deal with groundwater in basements. Among the many advantages of these proprietary systems, is the fact that they can be flushed to prevent clogs and serviced throughout the years without the need to jackhammer your basement.
What is a Sump Pump?
The sump pump is the heart of a waterproofing system. While the drainage system collects all the ground water that tends to pool around your foundation, it is the sump pump that will get it out and away from your basement. If the sump pump is out of commission, your basement may leak.
Do I need a battery-operated backup Sump Pump?
Sump pumps usually run out of your home’s electric power. The same storms, however, that are known to flood basements also tend to knock the power off. Without a battery backup, your sump pump will be down, just when you need it most.
Healthy Basements & Healthy Crawl Spaces
Healthy Basements and Crawl Spaces are vital to your home's overall quality and comfort. Air pollutants and excessive moisture levels in the basement or crawl space can negatively impact the home's odors and cause health problems for those who live there year-round - including yourself!
We offer Healthy Basement and Healthy Crawl Space solutions designed to solve specific problems and protect your home, family, and property value in the long run.
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Basement Waterproofing of Michigan offers a variety of services from waterproofing to foundation repairs. We offer the following services in your area, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, sump pump installation and service, basement crack repair, vapor barriers and moisture control.