Repair Floor Cracks to Prevent Basement Water Damage

Water damage in the basement is something no homeowner wants to deal with. Often times, it’s hard for homeowners to determine exactly what is causing the water damage. One of the most common ways that water can enter your basement is through cracks in the basement floor. 

At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we offer several different waterproofing products to protect your basement from water damage that is caused by floor cracks. We gladly offer free inspections to all of our customers in Marietta, Atlanta, Decatur and throughout the surrounding areas. If you’re worried about water damage in your basement, contact us today! 

Flooding and cracked basement

Floods from the floor. Floor cracks expose basements to water underneath the slab.

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How to Waterproof A Leaky Floor Crack

To prevent water intrusion through floor cracks, we often suggest installing a lateral line drainage system. This system captures any water that enters your basement and properly channels it to your sump pump to give your basement complete protection from any water damage. 

Installing the system requires these steps:

Install a Perimeter Drainage System:

The first step is to install a perimeter drainage system. This is your first defense at any water intrusion as the water will be collected and dispersed outside your home before it ever reaches a floor crack.

Install a Drainage Channel, Starting at the Crack:

Depending on your basement’s situation, we may need to install PVC pipe underneath the basement floor for more direct drainage. The pipe will collect water and channel it to your sump pump.

Restore the Floor:

Once the drain is installed, we will finish off the project with stone and concrete to cover the installation site of the drainage system and give your basement a clean look.

When to Use a Lateral Drain

Your sump pump or perimeter drainage system will take care of most water that is collected underneath the floor and will properly drain it outside. Lateral drains are typically only needed when there is heavy flooding coming through your floor cracks. 

During your free inspection, one of our representatives will be able to tell you how severe the problem is and will recommend the best solution for your basement’s needs. 

To schedule your free inspection, call or e-mail us today! We waterproof basements in Georgia, including Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur, Lawrenceville, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Athens, Gainesville, Roswell and many areas nearby.

Mold in Crawlspace

Water can also rise directly through the porous concrete of your floor slab. Carpet or wood installed on the concrete will trap this moisture underneath, resulting in mold and rot. Be sure to seal your basement floor before installing carpet or organic materials.

An example of what a floor crack looks like and how they can occur in a residential basement.

Water can also rise directly through the porous concrete of your floor slab. Carpet or wood installed on the concrete will trap this moisture underneath, resulting in mold and rot. Be sure to seal your basement floor before installing carpet or organic materials.