A husband and wife bought a newly built home at The Meadows housing development in Maidsville, West Virginia.
They had lived there in the summers for about 4 years before they began to see some water seepage at the bottom of the poured concrete wall.
Our Certified Basement Waterproofing Specialist, Don Stiffler, inspected the inside and outside of the foundation. Don identified a vertical crack along a seam in this unfinished basement. He found an existing sump pump (installed when the house was built) that the homeowners were still happy with.
Don sat down with them to review their options based on their needs and concerns. The couple wanted to repair the leaking shrinkage crack and install a battery backup pump to their existing system, so we built a proposal that addressed this.
The couple received their estimate and, that same day, they decided to move forward with the proposed work.
We scheduled our experienced technician to repair the basement that following summer month. They wanted to get the work completed before they moved to Florida towards the end of the season, so this worked perfectly with their schedule.
Our tech, Brad Feld, repaired the leaking wall crack with our FlexiSpan system.
Brad created a small dry well about 5-10 gallons in size at the base of the crack. We sealed the crack with a high-viscosity polyurethane polymer. (This got deep in the crack to form a durable, flexible seal.) To ensure a proper repair, we installed a beveled foam strip on the basement wall — one that will direct water to the existing drainage system. To finish, we went over the sealed wall crack with a polyurethane sealant. After the foam strip was placed and covered, the dry well was covered with fresh concrete.
In addition to FlexiSpan, we installed our UltraSump battery backup pump with the existing sump system. UltraSump can pump out an excess of 11,500 gallons of water on a fully charged battery. To alert the husband and wife to of a power outage in the basement, the UltraSump sounds an alarm when it runs, and silences when the pump cycles off.
Now, when the couple is away in the fall, winter, and spring, they can rest assured that their summer home will remain bone dry!