Friday, July 12th, 2019 by Denise Hassett
Most of the time homeowners are reaching out to us "after the fact" when they're already seeing the effects of groundwater seeping into their basement. Oftentimes the result can be very expensive, especially if the basement is already finished. But every once in a while we do get that phone call from a homeowner who is just beginning to build their dream home. Sometimes these homeowners have already been told that due to soil conditions and water table levels in the area they may want to consider being proactive on protecting their investment. Sometimes homeowners have been referred to us by others in the neighborhood who have had to call us to address their water issues. In other instances, they may start noticing water issues already rearing their ugly head as the foundation is being put in.
Whatever the reason, being proactive and bringing in waterproofing experts early in the building process can protect your investment, and save you from potentially expensive and extensive repairs down the road. Putting in place water safeguards during the building process could cost a homeowner a few thousand dollars, but it can save them thousands more down the road. Waterproofing existing homes can involve removing flooring, sheetrock, and cutting into concrete to install proper drainage systems which can be as much as double the cost of waterproofing during construction.
For a typical basement, our WaterGuard® system is the ideal choice for waterproofing. This French drain is designed to be installed below the floor slab, resting on top of the foundation footing. This keeps this drainage system out of the "mud zone", where drains can clog.
Sections of WaterGuard® are placed on the footing, resting on a bed of drainage stone, and the floor is installed above it. A wall flange extends 3/8" above the floor, allowing the drain to collect water leaking from the basement walls and divert it away from the home by way of an exterior discharge line.
The photo below shows the WaterGuard system recently installed in a new construction in Kamas, UT.
Your home is one of your biggest financial investments. Whether you are building a new home, looking to purchase an existing one, or want to protect the one you are currently in, it's important to consult a waterproofing company you can trust. The experts at Davenport Foundation Repair have helped thousands of homeowners throughout Utah with their foundation repair and waterproofing needs. We offer free estimates by our highly trained foundation specialists. We also offer financing options. Call our office today to see how we can help you protect your investment.