With more than 25 years of experience as a residential basement waterproofing company, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions helps homeowners solve their problems fast.

All of our basement and foundation waterproofing solutions and patented products, like our award-winning drainage channel, are custom-designed to fit your home’s needs. We serve as the exclusive, authorized dealer in greater Atlanta and Marietta for all basement waterproofing products we install.

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How to Keep a Basement Dry

A basement waterproofing system is typically made up of several different waterproofing and drainage solutions, accompanied by industry-leading sump pump and dehumidification systems, that work in tandem to divert water away from your foundation. The specific waterproofing and drainage solutions your home needs will depend on where your property or home is susceptible to water damage. 

At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we offer free, no-obligation inspections, during which we thoroughly assess your property for potential causes of basement water intrusion issues. After discussing any weak areas with your home’s current water management system, we will make suggestions based on what’s best for your home and budget. Our goal is always to inform you of exactly what’s causing your issue and exactly what it’ll cost to repair. If no repairs are needed, we’ll tell you that, too!

Where Is Your Home Susceptible to Water Damage? The Top Causes of Basement Water Problems

Keeping your basement dry starts with discovering the weak areas in property’s current water management system that could serve as a catalyst for basement water problems. The following are a few of the top causes of basement water problems that can be addressed through our repair methods, drainage systems, or waterproofing solutions.

Exterior Causes of Basement Water Problems

Most basement water problems start with issues on the outside of the home. If your property’s water management system is not up-to-standard, it can cause many problems for your home’s foundation and basement. Thus, when trying to determine the best way to keep your basement dry, it’s wise to start by looking at your exterior drainage solutions. 

Here are three common causes of basement water problems that originate outside your home: 

1. Inadequate Drainage Drainage and Improperly Channeled Roof Water

Did you know that the leading cause of foundation waterproofing damage is improperly channeled roof water? Without adequate protection, your gutters are susceptible to clogging or pulling away from your house. This causes your gutters to overflow, fail at capturing water, and allow rainwater to sheet right over your gutters or through the fascia boards and siding behind them.. If your gutter downspouts and drainage system don’t divert water away efficiently, water will pool up around your foundation walls and can eventually find its way into your home’s foundation. Learn more about how the importance of gutters and proper water management by visiting our gutters site.

2. Improper Grading & Negative Sloping

The slope of your yard should help groundwater naturally drain away from your foundation. However, some houses are built on sites that rest at the bottom of a hill, meaning that groundwater actually flows towards the home. This is called negative sloping and can be detrimental to the home’s structure, as it causes water to pool around your foundation. Eventually, the soil will oversaturate, and if your exterior drainage system clogs (which can happen at any time), all that rainwater will funnel down towards and beneath your home. If enough hydrostatic pressure is placed on the wall, or if the penetrating rainwater finds a crack or seam in your foundation wall, your walls can crack and your basement can leak or flood. Many of these issues start as hairline cracks, but they’ll worsen over time, so it’s important to address wet basement issues due to negative sloping sooner than later.

3. Hydrostatic Pressure

When water pools around your foundation, the soil surrounding your home can become oversaturated. When soil becomes oversaturated, it will allow water to funnel through like a sieve. The soil turns to mud, gets extremely heavy, and starts to place thousands of pounds of excess pressure on your foundation walls. This phenomenon is called “hydrostatic pressure.” To alleviate the pressure, water will find the path of least resistance and will force its way through the smallest of openings in your foundation, whether that be hairline cracks or floor joints. This can eventually lead to basement leaks, floods, and if not addressed, structural foundation damage. 

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Interior Causes of Basement Water Problems

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If your gutters and exterior drainage system are functioning perfectly, yet you’re still dealing with basement water problems, here are three interior causes to keep a steady eye on:

1. Plumbing and Water Line Floods

When a plumbing or water line ruptures, it often leads to basement flooding. This can happen due to old plumbing and equipment, frozen pipes, sewage backup, or construction damage. The best way to catch a plumbing flood before it happens is to pay close attention to water pressure and your water bills—if you notice a drop in pressure or increase in utility cost, it may be due to a plumbing clog or leak.

2. Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps are vital to protecting your basement from flooding—they capture water before it penetrates your basement and directs it away from the home. Whether due to a power outage, capacity overload, mechanical issue, or poor maintenance, a sump pump failure can lead to basement flooding. To learn how our sump pump systems combat these issues to ensure sump pump failure is never something you’ll have to worry about, visit our sump pump systems page. 

3. Floor & Wall Cracks

Foundation floor and wall cracks provide an opportunity for water to seep into your basement. Hydrostatic pressure from oversaturated soils surrounding your foundation can force water through floor and wall cracks, causing leaks and puddles of water. 

AquaGuard’s Waterproofing Solutions and Systems

At AquaGuard, we offer the following basement waterproofing solutions to Northern Georgia homeowners. Our waterproofing solutions can address each of the causes of basement water problems mentioned above. If you’re unsure what’s causing your wet basement, call AquaGuard today! We can help you diagnose the problem and find the solution that’s right for you. 

Our basement waterproofing solutions include the following:

  • Sump Pump Systems
    • AquaStop Elite 365 Connect Alarm
    • AquaStop FreezeGuard™ Antifreeze Discharge Line System
    • AquaStop Basement Triple Sump Pump
    • AquaStop Basement Single Sump Pump
    • SafeDri Battery Backup Pump System
  • Foundation Waterproofing
    • Foundation Wall Crack Repair

  • Dehumidifiers
    • Low Profile Dehumidifiers
    • Energy Efficient Dehumidifiers
  • Wall Crack Injection Repair
  • Flood Vents
  • Perimeter Drainage Systems
  • Vapor Barriers
    • AquaStop CrawlSeal™ Vapor Barrier
    • AquaStop WallSeal™ Wall Vapor Barrier

How to Waterproof Your Basement (Based on What’s Causing Water Problems)

AquaGuard offers a large assortment of basement waterproofing solutions to address your particular needs. For a complete list of our products and services, visit our basement waterproofing solutions page. 

Not sure which basement waterproofing solution is best for your particular needs? Here’s how to waterproof your basement depending on what’s causing your water problems:

How to Fix Foundation Leaks From the Outside

Basement waterproofing solutions will always start with ensuring proper drainage solutions are installed on the exterior of your home. This includes gutters, gutter protection systems, downspouts and extensions, and yard drainage, all of which collect rain and groundwater and divert it away from your foundation. 

How to Stop Water from Seeping Through Basement Walls

There are several different solutions to address basement wall leaks depending on the severity of damage. In some instances, foundation repair might be necessary to close cracks in your basement walls and prevent further structural damage. In most cases, however, sealing your basement wall cracks with polyurethane foam and installing a vapor barrier will get the job done. 

How to Stop Water from Coming Up Through the Basement Floor

Just as with basement wall cracks, floor cracks may indicate more serious foundation damage. If that’s the case, foundation repair will need to be done to prevent water from coming up through the basement floor. If your basement floor cracks aren’t related to structural damage, sealing them with polyurethane foam will prevent water from leaking into your basement. 

How Can I Lower Basement Humidity?

Dehumidifiers help to improve the air quality in your basement to prevent the growth of mold, keeping it clean, dry, and healthy. We offer the AquaGuard Energy Efficient Dehumidifier. This option is great for protecting your basement against the harmful effects of standing water.

Can You Waterproof Your Basement From the Inside?

You can waterproof your basement from the inside by installing a perimeter basement drain that collects water and directs it towards your sump pump where it can be discharged away from the home. When compared to exterior methods of basement waterproofing, a perimeter drainage system is less expensive and less invasive, causing no damage to your yard and offering a virtually invisible solution. 

What Is the Best Basement Waterproofing System for Foundation Leaks? 

AquaStop BasementGutter™ is our complete waterproofing system that’s designed to keep your home permanently protected from foundation leaks. Keeping your basement dry not only prevents water intrusion but also protects your home against mold growth and keeps unwanted varmints away.

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How Do I Know When I Need Basement Waterproofing? 

Because of Georgia’s climate, we typically recommend that all of our clients invest in basement waterproofing solutions even if they aren’t currently experiencing basement water problems. With frequent downpours and heavy storms year-round, basement waterproofing can give you peace of mind that your home is protected no matter what comes our way. If you wait until your basement is flooded to invest in waterproofing solutions, thousands of dollars of irreversible damage may have already been done. 

Your damp or wet basement can cause more than just a headache; these issues can create more significant problems like mold, mildew, rot, structural damage, and a variety of health problems. If you’ve noticed any of the symptoms below, you might have a severe basement waterproofing problem.

If you’re looking for signs of water problems before investing in waterproofing, here are a few things to keep an eye out for:

More Than 5,000 Dry Basements Since 1995

Our complete basement waterproofing system includes all the solutions you need for a dry, comfortable, odor-free basement, no matter what’s causing your issues. We offer many solutions for your home, including sump pumps, basement drainage systems, dehumidifiers, crack repairs, vapor barriers, basement waterproofing, and more. We have fixed more than 5,000 wet basements throughout Georgia, and our skilled basement waterproofing team can assist you with your home’s problems.

For your peace of mind, our basement waterproofing system comes with a Lifetime Warranty that is transferable when you sell your home. We have a team of extensively trained basement waterproofing specialists who can work with you to find the best foundation or basement waterproofing solutions for your home.

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What’s Causing Water in My Basement?

If you have musty smells, damp walls, or if your basement leaks or floods with every heavy rain, our foundation and basement waterproofing solutions can help. Not sure what’s causing your home’s wet basement? Let one of our basement waterproofing experts take a look. We offer free in-home inspections – schedule yours today!

Request a Free Waterproofing Estimate From Your Local Basement Experts

If you think you have a water or odor problem with your basement, request a free inspection today. We will send one of our certified basement waterproofing and foundation repair specialists to visit your home and conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s basement.

AquaGuard Foundation Solutions fixes leaky basements in Georgia, in areas like Stone Mountain, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, Athens, Gainesville, Roswell, Norcross, and neighboring towns and cities. Contact us today to schedule a free basement waterproofing estimate!