Basement Waterproofing Case Studies: Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Vandalia, IL
This homeowner of Vandalia, Illinois, had a leaky basement, along with bowing walls. To stop the leaking, the homeowner sprayed a sealant over the problem area, but it failed to work. He called Woods Basement Systems, where Systems Design Specialist Nolan Martz came out to design a solution based on this homeowner's needs. He needed a solution that would permanently resolve the leaky basement issue, as well as a solution to provide reinforcement and stability to the basement walls.
The best solution for this homeowner was to install a WaterGuard® drainage system, a twin pack sump pump system, and Geo-Lock™ wall anchors.
Foreman Jeremy Raby and his team came out to install the Geo-Lock wall anchors. The team first drilled small holes in the basement walls for the wall anchor installation. Outside, the team dug holes for the anchors. Galvanized rods were placed through the holes in the basement walls, and once they reached the holes dug outside, the rods were fastened to the anchors in the holes. Back in the basement, plates were bolted over the rods to secure them. The bolts on the metal plates were tightened to straighten the wall.
Foreman Melvin Foster and his team came out to waterproof the basement. The sump pump pit was drilled out in the lowest area, ensuring that all water will drain to the pit. The team then installed the WaterGuard® drainage system around the perimeter of the basement. This process was done by drilling out the area around the perimeter and laying down a layer of rock. On top of the rocks, the team placed the drainage system around the perimeter, adding more rocks over the top for back-fill, and adding cement over the top. The cement was leveled off to match the floor. After the WaterGuard® installation, the team installed the twin pack sump pump in the sump pump pit. This sump pump included two pumps, a primary pump and a secondary pump, both at different levels. This ensures the second pump will only operate if the water rises above the first pump.
Now, this homeowner enjoys a waterproofed basement with secure walls.
Systems Design Specialist: Nolan Martz
Primary Foreman: Jeremy Raby
Primary Foreman: Melvin Foster
The black substance was the sealant that was an attempt to stop the leaking coming in the basement. This failed, and water collected under the carpeting, which had to be aired out, as seen.
The wall anchors are completed and tightened, which helped secure this basement's walls.
Around the perimeter, the WaterGuard® system was installed, seen by the wet cement, which led to the twin pack sump pump.
As a final touch, wall anchor covers were placed over the metal plates, to give this area a finished look. The covers can be easily removed for maintenance.