Baker's Waterproofing Case Studies: Waterproofing a Church's Finished Basement in Farmington, PA

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 by Alyssa Petrella


The Bethel Church of the Brethren in Farmington, PA needed help!  Their carpeted floor was routinely becoming soaked, and their excessively damp walls were causing paint to chip.  This was allowing mold to take form.

They had called another contractor to look at their wet basement mess, but after 2 canceled appointments in a row, decided to give Baker’s a call instead.  Board member, Chris said he needed a solution that would protect the finished basement and keep it dry all the time.


George Hollenbeck was the Service Advisor on the project. He conducted an inspection of the wet basement and determined the best possible solution. He proposed installing an internal basement waterproofing system specifically designed for finished basements along the left facing wall where the leak was occurring.

Our installation team worked hard and began by tearing down the drywall, and applying MoldX2 spray along the foundation to fight the presence of mold. On top of the exposed damp block wall they applied ThermalDry wall system. ThermalDry is a vapor barrier used to protect finished paneling or drywall from water damage and future mold growth; it also acts likes an insulated barrier to keep the space warm.  

Below the liner they rolled back the carpet and created a 3-inch-deep trench to place 48 ft. of WaterGuard french drainage incrementally on top of the exposed footer to collect water along the foundation and from the floor seem. Concrete was later back filled to seal the drain and to restore the flooring.

Lastly, to complete the system they installed a TripleSafe sump pump to move water from WaterGuard to outside of the church. The Sump was placed in the rear left corner in a created pit in the floor. The discharge line was then routed through the block wall outside and tied to a downspout line.

This project lasted 2 days and Chris was happy with the installation of our waterproofing system. He will be able to reapply drywall over the wall protecting liner, and roll back the carpet over the drain. This will provide a dry and finished space to be used by the congregation.


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Alyssa Petrella is the Marketing Assistant for Baker's Waterproofing. She is responsible for writing informative and influential content for customers on our website.

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