Basement Waterproofing Case Studies: Wet Basement & Bowed Wall Repair in Greensburg, PA

Friday, January 26th, 2018 by Mallory Finch


A homeowner's son in Greensburg, PA reached out to our team to repair his mother's damp basement and unstable foundation walls.

Two of the basement walls were leaning, cracking, and bowing. This is a serious foundation issue that will only get worse over time.

In addition to damaged walls, the damp basement created serious problems. Water in the basement led to hazardous issues including musty odors, mold growth, and potential health problems. That musty, sticky feeling not only makes the basement an intolerable living space, but also affects the air quality in the rest of the home. Due to what we call the stack effect, clean air is pulled in through the bottom of the house, then rises up through the first floor and even to the attic. For this reason, it was imperative that the damp, musty air in the basement be addressed right away.


Our team provided an unbeatable combination of patented products to remedy these serious issues.

Certified Waterproofing Professional and Certified Foundation Repair Specialist George Hollenbeck inspected the home and designed the custom solution. Soon thereafter, our Foreman, David Cain, and his crew were scheduled to install our waterproofing and wall repair products.

Our unique WaterGuard drainage system rests on top of the foundation footing, just below the floor slab. In this case, we installed our thin, modified drain, FlowGuard, to direct water into WaterGuard resting just below it. This below-grade solution is nearly concealed from sight, except a small wall flange that extends up the wall by 3/8" to catch wall leaks. The drainage system channels all water into our reliable and powerful TripleSafe sump pump system to ensure no water enters the basement.

David and his crew installed our IceGuard discharge line protection on the home's exterior. IceGuard will protect against basement flooding in the unforeseen event of a clogged or frozen line. Most of the time, water will travel right by this fitting through our LawnScape underground discharge outlet and daylight about 34 feet away from the foundation.

The crew repaired one of the cracked, bowing walls with our GeoLock wall anchor system, and the other with our CarbonArmor wall reinforcing system. Depending on each case, CarbonArmor can be installed for a fast, effective, and affordable repair. It uses fiber-reinforced polymers which are 10-times stronger than steel, yet flexible enough to contour tightly against a wall. Our GeoLock anchors are an ideal solution if you are looking for the opportunity to straighten your wall over time.

The homeowner's son plans to help make the improvements, then either place the house on the market or sell to his daughter to keep it in the family. Rest assured, he has substantially improved the health and overall value of this home for the next family that moves in.


Products Installed:

WaterGuard below-floor drain with FlowGuard thin-floor drain, TripleSafe sump pump system (including a powerful Zoeller sump pump), IceGuard discharge line protection, and LawnScape underground discharge outlet. Also, the crew installed our CarbonArmor wall reinforcing system and Geo-Lock wall anchor system.

About the author
Mallory is the Marketing Manager. She is responsible for creating educational content to help homeowners identify potential water, foundation, or concrete problems.

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