Water Intrusion issues in Mattoon, IL basement.
Water was seeping into this Mattoon, IL basement each time it rained. The homeowner spent hours cleaning and drying his basement after downpours. The water had left the foundation walls and floors damaged and stained, making them an eyesore. The wet conditions were also perfect for mold growth. Mold spores and other allergens can get into the rest of the home due to the stack effect. The stack effect is the normal circulation of air in the home cause by warm air rising through the home and creating a vacuum that is filled by cooler air drawn up from the basement or crawlspace. This means that homeowners and their families are breathing in air from the damp basement on every level of their home.
WaterGuard Drainage System installed in Mattoon, IL
When basements have water intrusion like this one in Mattoon, IL, Woods Basement Systems recommends installing a waterproofing system that includes a full perimeter drainage system. WaterGuard is a specially designed French drain system that is installed under the cement floors of the basement, which can be seen in this picture taken during installation. WaterGuard sits on top of the concrete footing of the home. This means it's out of the way of the mud zone, the area outside the foundation or along the footing where other French drain systems are installed and become clogged. This keeps the WaterGuard from being clogged with mud as it collects water from the foundation walls and floors, using its wall flange and channel holes, and drains it to the sump pump for removal.
Waterproofing system completed with Twin Pack in Mattoon, IL
Woods installed the Twin Pack sump pump system in this Mattoon, IL basement to collect the intruding water from the WaterGuard and remove it through its discharge lines, out and away from the basement. The Twin Pack contains two powerful cast-iron pumps in its sump liner. Unlike other sump pumps, the Twin Pack features an airtight lid that prevents water in the sump pit from evaporating into the basement air as well as a WaterWatch alarm system to warn the homeowner of possible plumbing leaks. The pumps sit at different levels in the liner so even if the primary pump fails or is unable to keep up with the amount of water coming in from severe weather, the secondary pump will switch on to keep the basement dry.