Customized Basement Waterproofing
Why an interior approach is best.
In many areas of the U.S it is best to attack ground water from the outside of the foundation walls. Since the states of Indiana and Ohio are part of the Great Lakes Basin, the soil is not typical of the entire country.
During the last Ice Age, (concluded about 12,000 years ago) immense ice sheets and glaciers carved the Great Lakes and some river channels from earlier rock and organic deposits. When that ice melted , 80% of North America’s fresh water (six quadrillion gallons) and a soil classified by geologists as Miami were left behind. This curious name for a soil in the Midwest comes from the Miami native peoples who lived here over 1000 years ago.
Miami soil is silt and clay; the smallest soil particles that are the hardest to drain. When wet, the soil often appears as a solid mass. Ground water swells the soil, which causes hydrostatic pressure. This pressure creates a force against basement walls and floors and can enter at at a structure’s weakest point. Since gravity will pull water down, the greatest pressure is under the floor. Further pressure is exerted by what scientists have named crustal rebound- the Earth’s crust has been ‘bouncing back’ after being relieved of the weight of ice as thick as a mile.
For these reasons, the Unique waterproofing system removes water from under the floor, where it is forced by gravity. This is the most effective way to prevent structural damage and mold. Each application is a customized solution for your basement’s moisture problem.