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Omaha Basement Waterproofing
A leaking basement is all-too common in the Omaha area. This leads some homeowners to believe basements are always going to be musty and damp, but this isn’t the case. Your basement is the foundation of your home, and its stability is important for both structural integrity purposes and for those who live there.
The team at Groundworks Omaha understands how frustrating it is to find water in your basement. When a basement floods, it ruins the usability of the space, and many of the stored items are damaged beyond repair.
Groundworks Omaha offers a variety of proven basement waterproofing solutions. Omaha’s frequent precipitation, humid climate, and silt-loam soil combine to cause many of the issues homeowners face. Check out what problem signs may indicate you have issues within your Omaha basement.
Basement Waterproofing Problem Signs
Condensation in your basement is a problem you need to tackle as early as possible. What do you need to know about basement condensation?
Efflorescence is a common basement problem. Do you know how to uncover efflorescence and how to fix the underlying efflorescence problems?
Leaky Water Heater
A leaky water heater can cause a lot of problems in a home. Learning to recognize and fix it early is key!
Water in Basement Cove
Why you should worry about water in your basement cove, and what you should do about it!
Wet floors in your home can be caused by a number of things, but wet basement floors should never be ignored.
If you notice leaks and damp spots on your walls, you could be looking at a real home repair nightmare. Here’s what you need to do.
Leaking Window Well
Keeping your basement dry and secure is hard when you have a leaking window well letting in water and making a mess.
Musty Basement Smell
A musty smell in your basement is a sure sign that dampness, mold, and mildew are building up.
Sump Pump Issues
Check out common sump pump issues, the damages they cause, and what you should do to protect your home.
Flooding and dampness can make the drywall in your basement wet, leading to numerous problems.
Basement Wall and Floor Cracks
Cracks in your basement’s walls and floor can ruin your best waterproofing efforts. What are some problem signs to watch out for?
Ineffective gutters cause problems like leaking basements and flooding. Check out these signs you can look for to prevent damage.
One of the most dreaded issues a homeowner can face is the growth of mold in the basement. What mold problem signs do you need to look for?
Our Simple Process
1. Schedule Free Inspection
One of our contact center representatives will reach out to you to determine your problem and set the best time for one of our certified field inspectors to visit your home.
2. Consult with our certified inspector
Our certified field inspector will visit your home to observe the problems in your home and inspect other areas of your home that may have been impacted.
3. Installation of customized solutions
Our professional production crew installs patented solutions in each home with care and strives to leave the area better than we found it.
What Causes Basement Problems in Omaha?
Water will always find the path of least resistance, so even the smallest cracks in your home’s basement are cause for concern.
With Omaha’s high humidity levels, frequent rain, and snowstorms, combined with its proximity to the Missouri River– it’s no wonder Omaha homeowners deal with water management issues.
Wall and floor leaks, leaking basement windows, and pooling water where the floor and wall meet are often the first signs of a problem. Because of the unique soil and climate, water issues usually result from one of two reasons – hydrostatic pressure or the clay bowl effect.
Hydrostatic pressure occurs when the soil around your home gets saturated with water. Wet soil becomes heavy, and this added weight puts pressure on the foundation walls. As the hydrostatic pressure builds, water seeks any entry point available. Entering through cracks in the walls or floor, through basement windows, or even directly through the porous concrete. Block foundation walls typically leak first because water fills the open cavities until it can no longer hold additional water. The most common area for homeowners to notice water entering is through the wall-floor joint. When your home was constructed, often a small space between the footer and the poured floor remains. Groundwater creates pressure and water can find its way through this small opening and into your basement.
When your home was constructed, contractors dug a hole slightly larger than your foundation to make room for your basement and foundation. After the foundation was assembled, and the concrete floor poured, the initial excavated soil was used to fill the gap surrounding the foundation.
This excavated soil, or ‘backfill soil’ is loose and fluffy as a result of being excavated as compared to untouched ‘virgin soil’ that has been compacted and settling for hundreds of years.
This means the soil directly surrounding the foundation of your home is looser and absorbs more water than the hard-packed soil surrounding it.
This forms a ‘clay bowl’ or artificial water table around your home, collecting more water than other areas. Unfortunately, this is right where you don’t want it to be, directly against the foundation of your home.
Regardless of the reason for your water issues, once you notice a water leak in your home it will only get worse with time. The waterproofing experts at Groundworks Omaha have solutions for all types of water intrusion issues and offer a free inspection for your basement.
Common Basement Waterproofing Solutions in Omaha
Interior Drainage: French Drain
AquaStop BasementGutter™is a type of French drain installed at the perimeter of your basement. This durable drain won’t clog because it sits on top of the footer, out of the mud zone, and away from soil and roots. Other drainage systems are prone to failure because debris and soil mix with water and cause backups after awhile. Since the AquaStop BasementGutter™ doesn’t sit in the mud, it allows for a smooth flow of water out of your basement.
Made of strong, durable material, it is designed to collect water found at the floor-wall joint and from leaking walls or pipes. Once installed the drain sits on a bed of stone and the floor is restored. Only a small lip remains, and basement finishing can begin if desired.
Basement Sump Pump
A basement sump pump works with an interior drainage system to create a dry basement. Water collected from AquaStop BasementGutter™ is directed to a sump pump where it is pumped out and away from the home. Groundworks Omaha offers a complete lineup of sump pumps to meet your waterproofing needs, but the AquaStop Basement Triple Sump Pump provides the ultimate protection. Featuring three pumps, it automatically adjusts to meet your waterproofing needs.
Pump one, or the primary pump, is a heavy-duty 1/3 horsepower (HP) cast-iron pump that does most of the daily work.
Pump two is a 1/2 HP pump that automatically operates when either pump one fails or simply cannot keep up with the volume of water.
Pump three is a battery-operated pump that kicks on automatically in the event of a power outage.
Our superior solution sump pump includes an airtight lid making it quieter than the big box store units and stops debris from entering the pit.
Vapor Barrier Wall Liner
AquaStop WallSeal™ vapor barrier is a high-quality liner that acts as a barrier between your home and the outside. Water vapor can pass through basement walls and contribute to high humidity levels and mold in the basement, even when the best waterproofing system is installed. The 20-mil thick liner is installed onto the walls and helps direct water to the interior drainage system. This waterproof, mold-resistant, puncture, and tear-resistant liner ensures you get the best protection possible for decades to come.
Used alone WallSeal™ creates a bright white, clean finish, but it can also be used in conjunction with basement finishing to protect your investment.
In Omaha where humidity during the summer averages around 70 percent, installing a basement dehumidifier is a preventative way to control the humidity levels in your home. Groundworks Omaha recommends the energy-efficient AquaStop™ Air System. The unit is small in size but powerful enough to tackle high humidity levels and keep your basement mold-free.
With hundreds of options to choose from, it’s important to take capacity and airflow into consideration. The AquaStop™ Air System can remove 100 pints per day and filters up to 280 cubic feet of dry air per minute. The unit is self-draining, so water collected is automatically drained into a sump pump pit and pumped away from your home. Complete with a powerful motor, filtered air is circulated, making your whole home drier and healthier.
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Basement Sump Pump
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Grated Drainage Pipe
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AquaStop WallSeal™ Vapor Barrier
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Your Trusted Local Basement Waterproofing Experts
Imagine your current damp, leaking basement is transformed into a clean, dry living space to be used for anything from entertaining to storage! Contacting the Groundworks Omaha team and scheduling a free inspection is the first step.
Our basement waterproofing solutions come with long-term warranties and are customizable for your unique needs. Contact Groundworks Omaha for a free inspection and waterproofing quote today.
Groundworks, the nation’s leading foundations solutions company, provides award winning residential foundation and water management solutions including, foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, plumbing, gutters installation, and concrete lifting services. Since inception, our combined brands have helped nearly 1.5 million homeowners protect and repair their most valuable asset, their home.
Our experienced Omaha-based local team offers homeowners in Eastern Nebraska and the surrounding region proven residential foundation and water management solutions, delivered with superior customer service, national warranties, and trusted local support.