What is a Basement Repair Consultant?
A uniquely trained professional capable of providing an in-depth investigation of a basement. Staying up-to-date on the latest technologies, installation techniques, and best practices of how basements are repaired truly makes our consultants unique.
What makes The Basement Kings special is we believe that finding the cause of the problem is just as important as finding the best solution to repair it. As consultants we don’t have to sell you a product or service that you don’t need.
Our first and only concern is to find the problem and give you a list of options on how to repair it. Fortunately, we are not a foundation repair service who is trained to think in terms of “one size fits all”.
As basement repair consultants we are familiar with many methods.
Our intention is to provide you with the best information possible and offer you an array of solutions to choose from. In most cases, we will suggest the most economical solution and explain why we feel it might be your best option. We will provide you with a detailed report and upon request, offer a list of companies that can provide those services in your area.
We are a fee-based company which allows us to be honest with every customer. Our intention is not to estimate a problem and sell you on our company fixing it. Our company is not a construction company by design, but highly trained basement professionals who specialize in its repair. We work with manufacturers and contractors to offer innovative basement repair solutions.
Our goal is to provide great advice, quality service and provide solutions at a good price.
As full service Basement Repair Consultants we offer:
We are familiar with many new systems such as:
We also support for some older proven methods as:
- Excavating and removing old dirt, clay or caliche soil from the outer walls replacing it with gravel and a new French Drain system.
- Trenching basement inner walls and placing a sump system which will discharge water through the wall and away from the home.
- Re-grading and developing swales around the basement.
- Installation of collection bins connecting to an external drain system with dry wells.
- Lining the basements walls interior with a thick green proofer or hardened resin.
- Sealing cracks with pressurized hydraulic cement systems.
Basement Repair Consultants are aware of the fact that all leaking basements have many factors in common. Basements don’t just start filling up with water overnight, water entering the basement happens over time. It may take water many months, years and in some cases decades to work its way into a basement.
A repair consultant knows that repairing a leaking basement is the easy part but diagnosing and fixing the problem of what caused the leak is much more difficult.
Factors such as:
Evaporation – When moisture is removed the soil shrinks (like a sponge) allowing soil to pull away from the foundation. The result is a shifting gap and foundation movement.
Expansive Soil – Expansive soils experience the most dramatic changes when moisture is increased. When there’s too much moisture the soil expands causing upheaval.
Heaving Soil – Upheaval is the opposite of settlement, and pushes your foundation up, creating the same problems as a foundation settling.
Consolidating Soil – when the soil dries out it shrinks. As the soil shrinks, it pulls away from your foundation, leaving room for your foundation to move and settle which causes cracks.
Plumbing Leaks – Forces the soil to expand and push against the basements foundation.
Poor Construction Methods – Prior to building, the soil was not properly compacted or appropriate footings were not created.
Poor Drainage – lack of gutters, redirecting downspouts or lack of a drain system.
Large Trees – If a tree root system extends under or next to a foundation, they tend to absorb all the excess moisture around them. They also may scratch the waterproofing or exert additional pressure against basement walls.
Grading – Water may be pooling around the home due to poor grading and lack of slope.
Deep Foundation Soils – When homes soil can no longer support its own weight.
Cracks in Your Foundation Walls – could be a sign that your home has a structural problem, but more often a hairline concrete crack is just that.
Concrete Foundation Chipping – Chipping concrete (spalling or scaling) is caused by water entering the concrete and expanding (i.e. freezing) or simply due to poor concrete mixing.
Foundation Waterproofing – Failed waterproofing, torn liners, damp proofing or in some cases no waterproofing at all.
Partial Concrete walls – Sometimes contractors don’t sandwich concrete with forms but use dirt on one side creating a honey comb effect with no proofing.
Shrink-Swell Soil Issues – Shrink-swell is the movement of the soil caused by the amount of water in the soil. A lot of rain or a very dry season can change how your soil acts around your foundation. Soil shrinkage occurs when the water is removed from the ground.
Expansive Soils Create Foundation Damage – Expansive soils are responsible for more damage to buildings than any other natural hazard.
Hiring a Basement Repair Consultant to assess and advise you on any structural issues maybe one of the best decisions you ever made. In our experience we have discovered one major fact and that is “Most problems can be repaired for less than you’d think!”