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Top Exterior Basement Waterproofing Services

Exterior Foundation Drainage

Exterior Drainage IowaExterior basement waterproofing is sometimes overlooked, but with the annual threat of rain and melting snow in Iowa, your home should be prepared. Too often foundation contractors and home builders will only use damp-proofing methods instead of waterproofing methods like ECP perimeter drain systems. Exterior foundation waterproofing involves redirecting water away from the foundation. This can involve elaborate drainage systems or require less effort with proper gutter and downspout systems and landscaping.

Why Do I Need Exterior Drainage & Waterproofing?

Exterior drainage and waterproofing is an important preventative measure to keep excess water from entering your home. When water enters your home, it causes damage to not only your home’s foundation but also your personal belongings. How does water enter your home from the exterior? Moisture is transferred from the outside of the building to the basement interior by four primary mechanisms.

  1. Water Flow. Water takes the path of least resistance, if this is into your basement, then that is where the water will flow.
  2. Capillary Action. Concrete is a porous material, it is very hard yet porous. Think of capillary action being like a wick. As concrete sets in water, this water is absorbed by the concrete until it becomes completely saturated and then disperses moisture and water vapor to the inside of the home.
  3. Vapor Diffusion. Vapor diffusion is much like capillary suction, except with water vapor. Water vapor only needs the smallest of openings to penetrate a structure and raise humidity levels.
  4. Air Movement. Any time that a door or window is opened not only are you bringing air into the home but you are pulling air from the basement to the upper living levels. This is known as the stack effect. Your home acts like a chimney drawing air from the bottom toward the top. On average about 50% of the air we breathe in our homes comes from the basement.

The number one thing needed to properly waterproof the exterior of a structure is – care. Yes, you must care. You must use proper materials, take your time and have pride in the workmanship. Without these things, your home will not be waterproofed correctly. At WCI Basement Repair we care. We have the knowledge and experience to provide you with exterior waterproofing services that are done right the first time. If you are interested in learning more about our waterproofing services, contact us

Should I Install an Exterior Foundation Waterproofing System?

Since you are protecting your biggest investment, proper basement waterproofing in Iowa should be done correctly and provide a permanent solution to your home. Remember though, exterior wall waterproofing cannot prevent water from moving deeply below your foundation walls. This water can move through your basement or crawlspace floor. In these cases, an interior drainage system will complement your exterior efforts, not replace them.  An interior drainage system is not waterproofing. Interior drain systems are water management agents that relieve excess water from around and under your foundation.

Also, keep in mind that if you are moving the exterior water to a sump pump system, this system must be up to the task. Modern sump pumps, battery backup sump pumps, and high-quality sump basins are available to remove this collected water away from your home.

Another solution available is drain tile systems. Foundation drain tile systems are the means by which groundwater can be transported away from your basement’s foundation and floor. If you want a dry basement and a sound foundation, you must have an adequate foundation drainage system

Trusted Exterior Drainage Solutions In Iowa

At WCI Basement Repair we have the expertise to determine the proper solution for your wet basement. We are a locally owned business in Carroll, IA. We serve the entire surrounding area. If you are interested in one of our waterproofing services, contact us today!