Basement Waterproofing & Drainage Before & After Photos
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Basement Waterproofed in Independence, MO
Victor G. owns a home in Independence, MO, and is getting ready to sell. However, he is getting water in his basement and needed to fix that prior to putting the house on the market.
He called Thrasher Foundation Repair and our experts had the solution for him. We installed WaterGuard waterproofing system around the perimeter of the basement. We also installed a vapor barrier called Clean Space for the full height of the walls. Victor is happy to have his problem solved and excited to be able to put his home on the market.
Elk Creek, NE Basement Saved with WaterGuard and PowerBraces
Since the 1940s Brad B.’s family has had a farmhouse. After moving into the home, he wanted to use the basement as storage, but for as long as he could remember the basement had water issues. Wanting to preserve the home, Brad’s neighbor recommended giving us a call.
We had System Design Specialist, Trevor Stokes go to his home and evaluate the problem. He was able to identify that water intrusion and bowing was occurring on three of the walls. The existing beams in the basement on some of the walls were failing as well. We fixed the problem by installing a WaterGuard system with TripleSafe to take care of the water intrusion. We also used a combination of anchors and PowerBraces to permanently stabilize the walls. The basement is completely waterproofed, and the walls are braced, giving Brad a piece of mind.
Basement Waterproofing in Mayfield, KS
Cheryl H. has been dealing with a water problem in her basement for quite awhile and had become more then frustrated with the situation. She bought her home 4 years ago. About 6 months after moving in, she noticed water pouring into her basement. To add to the issue, Cheryl loves to travel and became extremely worried about how that would effect her ability to leave her home and have the peace of mind that everything was going to be safe at home.
In an attempt to fix it themselves, Cheryl H and one of her friends grab some sealant, but it was a band aid fix. In a short period of time, the water returned. She thought it was a plumbing issue so she called another contractor to help. Once again this did not fix the problem and she did not know where to turn. After seeing multiple TV ad's and all of the Thrasher trucks around Wichita and surrounding community's she knew she had to make the call.
We installed a WaterGuard system that captures water and then redirects it to our SuperSump Plus that removes the water away from the home. We also installed CleanSpace to her basement walls creating a protective barrier to prevent water from reaching the basement but also preventing mold to grow.
French Drain or Curtain Drain Installation
Installing French drains, also known as curtain drains, is one way to handle water in a yard with grading issues. Here is an example from our customer in Lee's Summit, MO.
Installing French drains is an option in circumstances where excessive surface water must be managed.
Water management can take on many forms. In most cases, a home is built so that the yard can be graded to properly drain water away from the foundation. Swales are even graded into the landscape to provide a path for water to drain away from structures and toward storm drains. In some cases, though, grading is not correct or has to be changed. Sometimes a neighboring property will change their landscape and change the original drainage that was planned for the neighborhood.
When grading is done well, and gutters and downspouts are installed correctly, water will shed away from the foundation helping to prevent wet basements and bowing basement walls. When those problems persist, and interior French drain, draintile, or another form of interior drainage is the usual recommended solution. However, if there are major grading issues, they must be addressed outside. Not addressing the pooling water can lead to extreme flooding or excessive pressure that can push a foundation wall in causing cracks and other structural issues.
The best approach to solving grading issues is to regrade in a way that water can runoff of the yard naturally and without pooling in the yard. Unfortunately, there are rare cases where that isn’t possible. That is when a change in landscape design should be considered. One tool in the landscape toolbox is the exterior French drain or curtain drain.
For this customer in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Thrasher was able to work with them on both their yard drainage issues and dealing with the water that was already getting into the basement. An exterior interceptor drain was installed in this home’s back yard. Since the yard was not naturally sloped to move water away from the home, it was collecting in areas close to the foundation. While an interior waterproofing drainage system may have kept the basement dry, the pooling water still had a chance to cause structural damage. The homeowner also did not like having a muddy mess in their backyard after ever rainfall and even after watering the lawn.
Thrasher Foundation Repair prides itself on working with homeowners to find the best solution for their circumstances. Even in situations where we cannot perform all the work ourselves, we will make recommendations to the homeowner that they can do themselves or hire a landscaper to perform. If you aren’t sure what you need to do to solve your problem, we are happy to provide a free inspection to help you figure it out.
“From start to finish, I received total professionalism and up-to-date progress. The crew respected my property and cleaned up after the job was completed. Thrasher Foundation Repair came highly recommended to me and I see why. My neighbors are interested in having work done. My brother and mother have also used Thrasher. Top notch company. In today’s world, it is hard to find great customer service.” – R. R., homeowner
Egress Window Solution Adds Resale Value in Wichita
In the early 1990s, Tim and Marlene had issues in their home outside of Wichita, KS, and they called the local experts – Kansas Basement and Foundation Repair (KBFR). KBFR laid their fears to rest after they straightened their wall with SupportWorks’ GeoLock Wall Anchors(opens in a new window) and waterproofed their basement.
Over the next two decades, Tim and Marlene completely renovated their 1972 home into their private oasis. In 2020, they opted to go for one last major upgrade, an egress window. All of us have had a wish for more "elbow room" or just more "family room?" You can expand the usable square footage of your home by putting Egress Windows in your lower level.
In addition, egress windows provide a way out in case of emergency and "ingress" - a way in, for emergency personnel. It also brings in an abundance of natural light to make your family room, extra bedroom or office area cheerier.
Read how the Schjodt Family added a 4th bedroom and 1,200 additional square feet of living space that they will realize as a return on their investment, should they ever decide to sell their home.
They were both concerned about opening a hole in a wall that they had known waterproofing and wall support issues in the past. Their solution seemed logical - call the same company that successfully installed these products!
After some quick research, Tim discovered that their prior contractor was now branded under the Thrasher Group name. This link brought strong brand recognition as Tim had spent a lot of time in Iowa and Omaha, NE, where Thrasher has been a household name for over 45 years. In Tim's own words, he said, "I heard you guys on the radio a lot. KBFR did excellent work, and I'm confident that you guys continue the tradition." It took no time for Tim and Marlene to agree to set up an appointment with one of Thrashers System Design Specialists.
Thrasher's System Design Specialist inspected the home, took measurements and pictures, and then sat down with the homeowners. He learned Tim and Marlene's reasons for wanting to upgrade their home and some of the project's concerns. They highlighted how they just had new concrete poured and wanted to preserve its integrity. They insisted on professionalism, timeliness, and quality. Overall, they were nervous about how an egress well would work with their known issues.
The System Design Specialist displayed expertise, knowledge and preparation for this opportunity. Marlene said that he was "prompt, explained things very well, and the follow up was great!" Thrasher was able to diagnose the home and design an installation method appropriate for their home. He was able to ensure them that they would install the egress well while still preserving the integrity of the wall support system. And be able to integrate with their existing waterproofing system.
Professional installation and service:
Thrasher has specialized egress window installation crews that perform every aspect of the work so there is no down time. They do their best to take care of your property including protecting your basement from dust and your yard from our tire tracks. Here’s the basics steps for the day:
- Excavate hole for window well and to install basement window
- Cut foundation to install window.
- Install egress window
- Install egress window well
- Backfill soil
Come installation day, Tim and Marlene were very impressed with the crews. Tim said that the "Crew was very respectful, worked well together, and did a great job." Marlene added that they "Were all so appropriate and respectful. They all worked hard." Not only was the crew able to preserve the newly installed concrete, but they installed a fantastic product with expert installation methods.
Their new egress window brought much-needed light to a dark basement and added an egress window's safety to a lower level. On top of this, the Tim and Marlene can now claim the additional square footage for the extra bedroom, bringing added value to an already beautiful home.
Marlene said, "We have done plenty of remodeling, as you can tell. And, one thing that I liked about Thrasher is they didn't rush through the job. Many times, a vendor will send their people out, and you can tell they're rushing through to get it done and get it out of here." Additionally, Marlene was ecstatic about our home preservation and clean-up process with all of the industrial machinery. "They did a great job controlling the dust," she said.
Whatever your reason is for adding an egress window to your home - increased property value, safety and peace of mind, or additional space, Thrasher's foundation repair experts' team has the experience, training, and high-quality egress window products you need. Thrasher offers a 10-year product warranty for our basement egress window installations, along with a 5-year workmanship guarantee to ensure your peace of mind. In addition, we manage all permits and code regulations while working on your basement egress window project and, as basement and foundation experts, we know how to cut into foundation walls and complete fast, accurate egress window installations that prevent water issues down the line.
For more information on how Thrasher Foundation Repair can deliver exceptional results on your home improvement project, give us a call or reach out here.