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Residential Basement Waterproofing Solutions

If you've noticed standing water in the basement, a musty smell or any of the warning signs we've outlined, or if you think water working with the professionals at Deska Services can get your basement back on track. We will guide you through the process towards an ideal and cost-effective solution. Some of the most common waterproofing solutions we recommend are outlined below.

Sump Pump Systems

Wet Basement Water Problem

Sump pumps are designed to eject water from around and below your foundation to the exterior and away from the foundation. When sump pumps fail or aren't functioning properly they can lead to a variety of problem signs including foundation settlement, water on the floor, walls, and mold in your basement.

Sump pump system design - Sump pump systems should be designed by an engineer per the manufacturers ratings and recommendations and must be installed per their respective manufacturer's recommendations, including the installation of a check valve to prevent backflow, installation of air relief valves, sump crock conditions, and with properly sized and oriented discharge piping.

Clogged or frozen discharge - Due to poor maintenance habits or an improperly designed drainage system, sump pump ejection pipes can become clogged or frozen, preventing discharge of the system. Sump pump discharge lines must be properly designed, installed, and maintained to prevent failure of the system.

Sump pump maintenance - Sump pump manufacturers generally recommend sump pumps be inspected every year for proper function and maintenance performed as necessary. The sump crock should be clear of debris and the discharge pipes should be inspected and cleared for proper flow. Sump pumps with battery back-up systems should have their batteries replaced every 2-3 years.

Perimeter Drain Systems

SafeBasements Drainage Systems

A perimeter drain is a French drain that is installed around the interior or exterior of a foundation that is designed to collect water and transfer the water to a sump pump system or gravity drain to a predetermined location away from the foundation. By collecting and removing the water away from the foundation, perimeter drains relieve the hydrostatic pressure from foundation walls and slabs.

Perimeter drains are generally used in conjunction with drain board, dimple board, or vapor barriers to ensure all water is properly collected and no moisture or vapor can evade the drain system.

French Drain Systems

A French drain, also known as a trench drain, blind drain, and drain tile, is a trench or void filled with gravel, rock, or other perforated pipe that redirects groundwater and surface water in the area to the desired location. French drains can be installed around the interior or exterior of a foundation or building to evacuate water from the location. French drains are sometimes used with sump pump systems when the drain cannot gravity drain naturally to a lower desired area. By collecting and removing the water away from the foundation, French drains to relieve the hydrostatic pressure from foundation walls and slabs.

French drains are generally used in conjunction with drain board, dimple board, or vapor barriers to ensure all water is properly collected and no moisture or vapor can evade the drain system.

Dehumidifiers

Installation of a basement dehumidifier will help reduce the amount of excess humidity in the air. This will prevent the growth of mold and mildew which can cause serious health issues for yourself and your family.

Gravity Drain Systems

A gravity drain uses gravity to discharge water from the problematic area to a desired location or utility. Gravity drains are often used in window wells, areaways, egresses, and in landscaping and hardscaping applications to keep the designated areas from ponding water.

Gravity drains are generally small in size however they are carefully positioned typically at the lowest elevation of the area to collect and redirect as much water as possible. Gravity drains can be installed around the interior or exterior of a foundation or building to evacuate water from the location. Gravity drains are sometimes used with sump pump systems when the drain cannot gravity drain naturally to a lower desired area. By collecting and removing the water away from a foundation, Gravity drains to relieve the hydrostatic pressure from foundation walls and slabs.

Contact Us

If you've got any type of water problem in the basement, please contact us today to set up an appointment with a member of our team to investigate the problem and come up with the best repair solution for you.

Customer Reviews

Average rating for Deska Foundation Repair & Basement Waterproofing is 5 stars of 5 stars - based on 8 reviews
Engineering Services in Alexandria, VA
I had a very good experience with this company. We had an engineer come out and he was very knowledgeable and wrote a report and made some repair recommendations. We used them to do the work and I was very pleased with the completed project!
Gina M - Alexandria, VA 22301
Waterproofing in Alexandria, VA
We've used Deska several times and the past and they've always been great!
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Foundation Repair in Alexandria, VA
Our home inspector found several issues with our foundation so he referred us to them. An engineer came out to look at the problems and provided us a report of the issues along with recommendations. We also used them to do the work which was nice and I didn't have to worry about searching for ...
Andrew H - Alexandria, VA 22312