Bowing Walls in Your Iowa Basement?

What Causes Bowing Walls?

bowing-wall, bowing-walls-iowa, bulging wallWhen you first start noticing that you have bowing walls in your basement, chances are that the problem has been going on for a long time. Usually bowing walls are caused by hydrostatic (water) pressure from the soil outside of the foundation. When the pressure of the soil exceeds the holding capacity of the wall, it pushes parts of the wall inward. Bowing walls can also be caused by the expansion and contraction of clay soils or freezing water, which cause the wall to weaken and eventually fail.

Are Bowing Walls a Serious Problem?

Any sort of cracking, buckling, or bowing walls in a foundation indicates a serious issue for the homeowner and should be repaired as soon as possible. Fortunately, replacing the entire foundation is not usually necessary.

Ways to Repair a Bowing Wall

There are several good options for repairing and/or strengthening a bowing wall in your basement. Dry-Basement Waterproofing, serving the state of Iowa, offers all of these services.

Rebuilding the Foundation Wall

Rebuilding is the best solution for severe damage

Signs of severe structural damage in a wall are horizontal cracks, shearing, and bowing that get worse with time. In these case, the only solution is to completely remove and rebuild the foundation wall. This process involves excavating the yard around your foundation. Temporary supports will be placed under the structure while the entire foundation is removed and replaced. When the job is complete, the temporary supports will be removed, and the dirt and landscaping restored around the house. A year later, when the soil has settled, it may need to be regraded.

Underlying issues must still be addressed

This solution is very expensive and disruptive to your home and family life. If the underlying problem of hydrostatic pressure or expansive soils has not been addressed, chances are that the new foundation will eventually fail as the previous one did.  The best solution is to solve the underlying issue as soon as possible, before you need to replace the foundation.

Installing Basement Braces

Dry-Basement Waterproofing uses wall anchors to reinforce the weakened wall. Wall anchors are designed with three main parts: an exterior earth anchor, an interior wall plate, and a connecting steel rod. They work together to straighten the wall and counteract the pressure being exerted against the wall.

Installing wall anchors is a three-step process

bowing-walls-solution-ia, bowing-wall-solution, bulging-wall-solution When wall anchors are installed, a small area of lawn is removed, and the earth anchor is placed into an excavated hole. A hole is drilled through the foundation wall from the inside, and a steel rod is pushed through the hole to the earth anchor in the yard. A wall plate is installed against the inside of the foundation, and the anchor is gradually tightened until the wall is back in place.

Wall anchors provide a cost-effective, year-round solution 

Installing wall anchors is a cost-effective way to repair bowing walls. Over time, periodic tightening of the anchor will pull the wall back to its original position. Foundation anchors can usually be installed in a single day, cause little disruption, and may be completed year-round in many areas.

Repairing with Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber fabric can be installed in strips on the foundation walls in order to support the weakened areas of the walls. They are usually applied with epoxy glue. While the method is a quick and inexpensive way to reinforce a bowing wall, it cannot be used on a severely cracked wall or restore the wall to its original position.

Installing Helical Piers

Helical piers offer the best long-term solution 

Installing helical piers is the best way to prevent problems with foundation settlement and to provide strength to the foundation wall for years to come. Helical piers are driven into the ground until they reach bedrock or stable soil. When they have reached a sufficient depth and stable soil, the piers become permanently attached to the footing of the foundation.  This bracket ensures that the helical pier is attached to the structure permanently.

Helical piers provide stability with little cost or disruption

Helical piers cost 5% to 10% less than foundation replacement yet provide even greater stability. Dry-Basemen Waterproofing uses the finest, US-made foundation repair products from Earth Contact Products (ECP). They can hold up to 200,000 pounds and don’t require a huge amount of space to install. They last a very long time and can be installed in almost any type of soil. Unfortunately they won’t straighten an already bowed wall, but they will provide a great deal of additional support to prevent further bowing. This is one reason why it is important to address a bowing wall sooner rather than later.

Contact Dry-Basement Waterproofing to Correct your Bowing Wall

Dry-Basement Waterproofing has professionals who can install any of the above solutions for a bowing wall and/or damaged foundation. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and have outstanding reviews on Angie’s List. Contact us today for a free estimate.


Problems with Poor Yard Drainage?

poor yard drainage, yard drainage iowa, flooded lawn iowaAfter recent heavy rains, Dry-Basement Waterproofing has received many calls from Iowa homeowners because of wet basements and crawl spaces. Frequently these problems are due to poor drainage from yards, sidewalks, driveways, and patios which have slow runoff or drain toward the foundation.

Poor yard drainage is a common problem in Iowa and can lead to a number of problems with your home’s basement and crawlspaces, gardens and lawn, and concrete surfaces, including:

  • Cracking or sinking of the concrete foundation and exterior surfaces
  • Water seepage into the basement or crawlspace
  • Problems with insects, fungus, or diseases in the lawn
  • Poor landscaping growth due to water saturating the soil
  • Mud in play areas for children or pets


Problems with lawn drainage are common in all areas of Iowa. Following are common reasons that some yards have poor lawn drainage:

  • Poor soil conditions next to the walls of the foundation that retain water after a heavy rain and increase hydrostatic (water) pressure
  • Poor grading or inadequate drainage of soil next the structure
  • Sidewalks, driveways, or patios draining toward foundation


All of the best solutions to prevent poor yard drainage involve providing better ways for excess water to be moved away from the area next to your home’s foundation. Dry-Basement Waterproofing ways to help you get rid of excess water. These include:

  • Digging trenches filled with rocks to catch excess water
  • Installing exterior drainage systems to remove standing water from the yard
  • Installing, repairing, or cleaning gutters and downspouts to allow water to flow away from your home’s foundation


Foundation Repair

If poor yard drainage has caused problems with your foundation, Dry-Basement Waterproofing has the expertise in foundation repair and can diagnose and correct the following problems:

  • Cracks in concrete floor or wall
  • Bulging or leaning walls
  • Sinking or settling of concrete floors

At Dry-Basement Waterproofing, we use the highest-quality foundation repair products from US-owned Earth Contact Products (ECP). We can assure you that your foundation will be more stable, much stronger, and last for many years.

Basement Waterproofing

interior drainage, drainage system, sump pump iowaIf poor yard drainage has caused water seepage into your Iowa basement or crawl space, we do basement waterproofing to save your basement from further water damage and prevent future foundation failure. Dry-Basement Waterproofing repairs leaking cracks and installs interior drainage systems to prevent water damage to your floors, furniture, and belongings. Interior drainage systems involve installing drain tiles along the perimeter walls, digging a drainage well for a sump pump, and installing a sump pump to remove water from the well. We also install battery-operated sump pumps in case of power outages.

Crawlspace Waterproofing

If poor yard drainage has caused a wet crawlspace, Dry-Basement Waterproofing can seal, encapsulate, and dehumidify it to prevent growth of mold and mildew, insect infestations, and wood rot caused by excess moisture. This improves your home’s air quality, protects your home from deterioration, and may even lower your energy bills by up to 20%.


Whatever your yard drainage problems, Dry-Basement Waterproofing is here to provide you the best solution, products, and customer service. Read our customer testimonials to discover why many Iowa homeowners have relied on us for foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and crawlspace repair services.

Don’t worry about heavy rains and a flooded yard. We are here to help you repair and prevent problems due to poor yard drainage. Contact us today!

Problems with a Damp Crawl Space?

crawl-space-repair-iowa-city, crawl-space-encapsulation-iowaWhile many homeowners don’t realize it, the crawl space is an important area in the home. Having a leaking or moist crawl space can cause many problems in a home, including poor air quality, insects, mold, dry rot, and structural damage. Repairing or encapsulating a crawlspace not only solves these problems but also increases energy efficiency.

Dry-Basement Waterproofing is the leading professional provider of crawl space repairs and encapsulation in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and greater Iowa.

What Are the Signs of a Damp Crawl Space?

A few signs that you are having problems with a damp crawls pace include:

  • Condensation on ductwork, pipes, or insulation
  • Pooling water or damp floors
  • Buckled, uneven, or sloping floors
  • Mold or mildew on surfaces
  • Insect infestations

What Problems Are Caused by a Damp Crawl Space?

Poor Air Quality

Having a damp crawl space is a leading cause of poor air quality not only in the basement but inside the house. Moist air containing mold or mildew can cause problems with allergies or even be life-threatening for someone with asthma.

Structural Deterioration

Constant condensation or the presence of mold and mildew can cause problems with the homes underlying structure. Some metal pipes and surfaces may develop rust in a moist environment. Insulation deteriorates more quickly when it is wet or exposed to mildew. Constant exposure to mold and mildew also causes deterioration of the wood structure and even concrete surfaces in the basement and foundation.

Insect Infestations

Many insects like silverfish, earwigs, centipedes, sow bugs, and mold mites thrive in damp, dark, and lightly inhabited environments. While most are relatively harmless, you certainly don’t want them to move into the living spaces of your home. Subterranean termites are also more likely to be present where this is moisture and condensation inside a structure. Most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover termite damage.

Higher Energy Bills

While most people don’t realize it, the hot humid air during Iowa springs and summers causes the relative humidity level inside a crawl space to be much higher than it is on the outside. A ten degree change in temperature from 70 to 80 degrees on the outside can cause a 20% increase in basement and crawl space humidity. This humidity increases the overall humidity inside the home and makes it much more expensive to cool.

Why is Crawl Space Encapsulation the Best Solution?

crawl-space-encapsulation-iowa-city, crawl-space-repair-iowaAt one point, homeowners were told that installing concrete or vapor barriers over a dirt floor in a crawl space was sufficient for solving moisture problems. Scientists later discovered that ground moisture wasn’t the only source of water because water would also seep through concrete blocks and crawl space vents. Sometimes the vapor barrier would make the humidity problem even worse.

What is Crawl Space Encapsulation?

Crawl Space Encapsulation involves three steps:

  1. A heavy-duty plastic liner is attached and sealed to both ground and foundation walls to prevent moisture from entering the crawl space.
  2. Vents and openings are sealed to keep outside humid air from entering the crawl space.
  3. Interior air is dehumidified to prevent condensation.

What Are the Advantages of Crawl Space Encapsulation?

A number of reputable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Building Science Corp. and Green Building Advisor did a study of crawl space humidity problems and found the best way to treat crawl spaces was to implement crawl space encapsulation. Not only did this control the moisture and air quality, but it improved overall energy efficiency by 10 to 20 percent.

Dry-Basement Waterproofing Encapsulates Your Crawl Space

If you want to avoid the problems and expense of a damp crawlspace, call Dry-Basement Waterproofing about repairing your crawl space in Iowa City or other Iowa community. Contact us today for a free estimate!

Flooded Basement after Recent Heavy Rains?

flooded basement iowasThis past month has brought record rainfall to many parts of Iowa. Many homeowners in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and other Iowa communities have been dealing with flooded basements, flooded sump pump wells, power outages, and sump pump failure. Heavy rainfall can produce many of the following problems in your basement:

  • Leaking through wall cracks and floor cracks
  • Pooling water due to poor basement drainage and inadequate sump pump
  • Flooding due to loss of power to the sump pump and lack of a battery-operated sump pump.

Dealing with excess water in your basement is never easy, but here are a few tips to help you deal with the immediate crisis and find a long-term solution so you never have a flooded basement again.

Wet or Flooded Basement? What to Do Immediately

If your basement is flooding, the faster you act, the less time and money it will take to repair. Here is a list of what to do first, and what NOT TO DO.

  • Don’t EVER step into standing basement water  You put yourself at risk of being shocked or electrocuted. Turn off the power if you can and call an electrician as soon as possible.
  • Call a plumber with a professional pump  All you can do now is pump out the water. A flooded basement is definitely a job for an expert with a high-capacity pump. The longer the water sits in the basement, the more damage and cost for cleanup.
  • Take photos or videos of the damage  This is for insurance or warranty purposes. Because most homeowners do not have flood protection against groundwater, it is best to prevent flooding in the first place by contacting a foundation repair and basement waterproofing specialist.

How to Clean Up a Flooded Basement

DIY Cleanup

If you decide to do it yourself:

  • Purchase the following supplies – rubber gloves and boots, eye, nose, and face protection, a wet-dry vac, paper towels, and plastic bags.
  • Dispose of all rugs, carpets, and upholstery – Even if the source of flooding is “clean” water seepage, it will be full of contaminants and bacteria.
  • Ventilate the basement – by opening all the windows and doors and running fans and dehumidifiers.
  • Decontaminate – by scrubbing all walls and surfaces with soap and water. Then make a solution of 1.5 cups of bleach and a tablespoon of dish soap to a gallon of water. Spray it on the walls and let dry.

Professional Cleanup

If you decide to hire a restoration service, make sure it is reputable. Some may take short cuts and not allow enough time to dry your home or treat drywall and other surfaces to prevent growth of mold and mildew. Expect to pay at least $500 to pump and dry out your basement.

What You Can Do to Prevent Another Flood

  • Install a leak detector and high-water alarm – These simple devices will set off an alarm or send you a text message to let you know before your problem becomes a major disaster.
  • Correct misaligned gutters and downspouts  If your gutters and downspouts are working properly, water will be diverted away from your home’s foundation.
  • Correct improper grading Make certain that the soil next to your home is sloping away from the foundation, driveway, sidewalks, and patio to prevent damage from excess water underneath.

What a Professional Can Do to Prevent Another Flood

drainage system iowaInstall an exterior drainage system

Install ditches, drains, and drainpipes where water tends to accumulate in order to divert excess water away from your home’s foundation.

Foundation Repair

We offer full foundation repair services using the highest quality, US-made Earth Contact Products (ECP). Following are three common repairs after major flooding.

  • Wall Crack Injections – We use a polyurethane for wall injections that can fill the cracks in your foundation. This will keep the water from finding its way in through a crack, and also provide strength and stability to the wall.
  • Earth Plate Wall Anchors – Earth plate wall anchors are a solution for bowed wall repair and cracked wall repair. Because they act as a supplemental lateral force, they help stabilize your bowed and cracked basement walls.
  • Steel Push Piers – Steel push piers are designed to provide a permanent solution to problems due to soil movement beneath your foundation. They are hydraulically driven deep into the soil so that your home’s weight is evenly supported by them rather than unstable soil.

Basement Waterproofing

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  • Interior Drainage Systems – Installing a FlowChannel System beneath the slab prevents excess ground water from entering the floor of your basement. It requires removing and replacing of a small amount of concrete to install a trench, which drains water to a sump pump well.
  • Sump Pumps  Once the water drains to the sump pump well, a sump pump pumps the water to a place safely beyond your home’s foundation. Because storms often cause power outages, we recommend you also install a battery-operated sump pump.

Contact Dry Basement Waterproofing to Prevent Future Flooding

Dry Basement Waterproofing has helped many Iowa City homeowners after past rainy seasons and protected them from further flooding. this season. (See our reviews.) We are professionally trained to provide complete foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and crawl space repair services in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids areas. Contact us today for a free estimate!



Spring is Here, and Rain is Here with It


Cedar Rapids & Iowa City to See Rain All Weekend

Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Might see Wet Basements This WeekendIt’s Springtime again. Finally, right? For most reasons, that is a good thing. Plants to grow, farmers can farm, we can start enjoying better weather and finally get out of outside.

As folks in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the rest of Iowa know however, Spring means RAIN. Sometimes it means LOTS of rain. Like this weekend. Starting tonight we are forecast to get rain through the whole weekend almost. So what does that mean for your basement? It could spell trouble.

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What Can Rainwater Do to Your Basement

Any water in your basement can lead to an unhealthy space. Moisture causes mold and mildew. It can also rot wood, and make your basement a prime space for insects. If you use your basement as extra square footage of living space, this can be especially troublesome. So where is that water coming into your home, and what can you do about it?

What to Do About Basement Problems Related to Rain

When it rains a lot, groundwater can build up in the soil around your foundation. This build up of pressure can cause multiple problems including:

Wall & Floor Cracks can lead to SeepageSeepage via Cracks: cracks in the floors and walls can be a common source of rainwater seepage in your basement

Cove Joint Leaks: A cove joint is the spot where the foundation wall meets the footings and can be a common place for rain water to enter your home.

Concrete or Masonry: Many homes with concrete foundations just have seepage problems because the concrete or masonry is porous. Blocks or brick can actually be porous enough to allow rain water in your basement.

So What Can Iowa City & Cedar Rapids Homeowners Do?

That answer is easy. Dry Basement Waterproofing offers free estimates and has a wide variety of waterproofing solutions as well as drainage solutions. We can work in both the interior and exterior of your home making sure to move rainwater away from your foundation and keep moisture in your basement (or crawlspace!) at bay. Call us to get started. Each home is different and has different needs, and we can find a customized solution for your Iowa home. Beat the Spring rains and give a call today.

Soils in Eastern Iowa

Soils and Your Foundation in Eastern Iowa

soils in Eastern Iowa, foundation repair in Eastern Iowa, foundation repair in Davenport IAIt is a well-know fact that the loamy soil in Eastern Iowa provides is some of the richest farmland in the world. In spite of that, its soils can still lead to foundation problems with your home. There are three primary types of soil in Eastern Iowa, and each has a different effect on your foundation:

  • Sandy Loam
  • Silt Loam
  • Silt & Clay Loam

Each have both positive and negative qualities that may lead to problems requiring foundation repair in Davenport Iowa and other Eastern Iowa communities.

Sandy Loam

Sandy Loam is a common soil in Eastern Iowa cities, including Davenport, Iowa. It is mixture of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter. Sandy loam is a favorite soil among farmers and gardeners and is an extremely stable soil that changes little with an increase or decrease in moisture and can easily support a slab foundation. Problems can occur if a builder adds fill that around the foundation which has a higher clay content. This may lead to soil expansion and contraction due to poor moisture control and eventually cause problems with your foundation.

Another problem with sandy loam is that it may be subject to erosion. It is a good reason you want to make sure you have good drainage around your home’s foundation. Too much standing water saturates the sand and causes it to shift which creates movement known as a floating slab.

Silt Loam

Any soil with lots of organic matter is considered a loam. Silt Loam contains more silt than sand and is also a wonderful soil for farming and gardening. It is often smoother to the touch than sandy loam and retains water longer because it contains smaller particles. Because of its tendency to retain moisture it is cold and drains poorly. This causes the silty soil to expand, pushing against a foundation and weakening it, making it not ideal for foundation support. Poor drainage and constant expansion and shrinkage will eventually lead to foundation damage and requiring foundation repair.

Clay Loam

Clay Loam is less desirable to farming in Eastern Iowa. Clay is made up of tiny particles so it stores water well, but because of its tight grasp on water it expands greatly when moist and shrinks significantly when dry. In Eastern Iowa, clay loam tends to expand during the wet springs and crack during dry summers. When clay is moist, it is very pliable, and can easily be moved and manipulated. Such extreme changes put a great deal of pressure on foundations and cause them to move up and down. Eventually, they will crack, leading to foundation damage and the need for foundation repair.

Signs of Foundation Failure

foundation-issues-ia, foundation repair davenport iowa, foundation repair eastern iowaWhile our Iowa loamy soil makes wonderful farmland, it can lead to foundation problems. Eventually your home will require foundation repair in Davenport Iowa and other Eastern Iowa communities. Some of the signs to look for are bowing walls, cracked walls, and sticking doors/windows. For additional signs, refer to Common Structural Problems.

If you see any of these signs and feel you may need foundation repair, contact our professionals at Dry-Basement Waterproofing.

The Foundation – The Most Important Part of Your Investment in Your Home

Your home’s foundation is the most important part of your home; but when there are foundation problems, they can compromise the entire structure. Some foundation problems may include sloping floors, counter-tops pulling away from walls, wall cracks, ceiling cracks, and more. If you notice changes in your home’s structure, head off any issues before the situation gets worse. After all, foundation problems left unattended can lower your home’s value and become expensive to repair.

Why is the foundation so important? The foundation is what the structure rests on, so having a stable foundation is essential. Regardless of the foundation type, the foundation walls and footings work as a solid unit and support the weight of the home.

There are many factors that affect the foundation, but water is the main culprit when it comes to expansive soil problems. There is either too much water or not enough, causing differential movement in the soil and foundation damage.

Common Warning Signs that Spell Trouble

foundation problems IA homesSettlement occurs over time, and a minuscule amount is normal. At the same time, you’ll want to be aware of these signs that indicate a more serious problem:


  • Wall cracks over doorways, windows, and between the walls and ceilings
  • Cracks in the concrete floor, tile or vinyl flooring
  • Windows and doors that are hard to open and close


  • Leaning or bowing walls
  • Inspect the soil around the foundation for expansion and contraction
  • As the foundation shifts, it may cause a bulge or curve in block foundations or poured concrete walls
  • Check for chipping and flaking concrete by poking areas of the surface with a screwdriver

Structural Components

  • Weakening, leaning or bowing concrete supports and posts
  • Inspect the framing for wood rot, mold growth, moisture, including water puddles around the perimeter of the foundation


  • Stair-step cracks in masonry joints
  • Horizontal cracks in the foundation walls
  • Vertical and diagonal cracks
  • Foundation floor cracks

These are some of the things to look out for to identify foundation problems within your home. At Dry-Basement Waterproofing, we can help protect your investment by installing the right foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation. Contact us today for more information regarding our services and products in Iowa.

Cold as Ice: What Happens when Ice Infiltrates Your Concrete Cracks

concrete cracksWinter is the time of the year when kids play in the snow and friends sit around the fireplace, but it can also bring weather related problems around your home. Of these, ice expansion and melting are the most critical. Unfortunately, concrete around your home, including your foundation is affected, causing foundation leaks to all types of foundations.

How does ice expansion and melting affect concrete? During winter, the freeze/thaw cycle poses the most risk of damage to concrete surfaces. The melted ice absorbs into the concrete, then eventually freezes and expands about 9 percent. As the ice expands, the pressure builds up in the pores of the concrete and become too much for the concrete to withstand, therefore scaling and cracking occur.

Due to the freeze/thaw cycle and hydrostatic pressure, foundation walls can crack and cause foundation leaks. When water leaks into the basement, it can lead to concrete shrinkage, standing water around the foundation walls, poor drainage next to the foundation, and water leaks into foundation blocks.

Types of Concrete Damage Due to Ice Expansion and Melting

crumbling concrete cracksUnfortunately, the freeze/thaw cycle is a natural process that is difficult to prevent. It not only affects concrete foundations, it can also damage concrete surfaces on sidewalks, walkways, and patio surfaces. It can cause the following damage to concrete surfaces:

  • Mortar Flaking: A type of scaling that occurs when the top layer of concrete flakes away from the foundation.
  • Popout: This process occurs when water swells in the concrete, causing crumbling and flaking from the surface.
  • Cracks: Concrete cracks may widen and get worse over time.

However, there are ways to reduce the damage it poses. We recommend the following:

  • Apply an ice melter: After applying an ice melter, remove the slushy ice from the concrete pavement. This will reduce the amount of water on the surface to prevent pressure build up.
  • Use an ice melter containing potassium chloride: Ice melters with potassium chloride keep the melted ice in a liquid state for a longer period of time.

Solution: Get Basement Waterproofing Help

If your home has concrete cracks, we recommend contacting a foundation repair specialists. At Dry-Basement Waterproofing, we install carbon fibers, piers, and basement braces. To repair basement leaks, we use high-quality sump pumps, interior drainage systems, and exterior drainage systems. All of these methods are designed to prevent water damage, stabilize foundations, and reduce hydrostatic pressure caused by the freeze/thaw cycle.

Prepare for Winter to Prevent Foundation Problems

Winter is just around the corner, and even if it is still sunlight, preparing for winter can save you money when the year’s first frost hits. This includes properly maintaining your basement, foundation, gutters, and downspouts. Winter preparation not only makes your home more efficient, it also lowers heating bills and increases the stability of your home’s structure.

8 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home for winter.

Clean Gutters

Prepare for winter in IowaTo ensure the water is draining properly, all gutters and downspouts must be regularly cleaned. If they are clogged with debris and leaves, you can have serious problems like water infiltration under the foundation and roof damage. Soil erosion may also occur, leading to foundation cracks and other foundation issues.

Apply Downspout Extensions

Add downspout extensions to further protect your home. They help divert water away from the foundation and prevent pooling water.

Check Humidity Levels

Humidity is an issue during the summer, but it’s not rare for basements to remain humid during winter. Since basements are prone to moisture, check the humidity levels with a humidistat. If the number is over 50, consider investing in a humidifier. This will help lower humidity levels and prevent mold growth.

Inspect Your Sump Pump

If you have a sump pump, contact a waterproofing specialist to have it inspected. During winter, pooling water around the sump pump can freeze and damage the sump pump.

Insulate Your Pipes

Pipes without proper insulation could crack or even burst, resulting in basement flooding.

Fix Plumbing Leaks and Water Seepage

Basement waterproofing in winterIf you notice water seepage through cracks in your basement, this existing problem will only become worse as the temperature drops. Check the interior and exterior of your home and look for standing water in the yard, foundation cracks, and other water-related issues. Water can seep through cracks, then freeze. As the freezing water expands, it widens the cracks and allows water to seep through. Get broken pipes and other plumbing issues fixed.

Maintain Your Roof

Inspect and replace missing or damaged shingles to prevent water leaks, high humidity levels or wood rot.

Inspect Dirt Grade

Make sure the dirt grade around the foundation slopes away from the home. If it slopes toward the home, rainwater and melted snow could cause runoff and increase hydrostatic pressure against foundation walls.

As winter approaches, make sure your home’s interior and exterior are protected against snow, ice, and cold temperatures. We provide waterproofing solutions, such as heavy-duty sump pumps, interior drainage systems, and exterior drainage systems. Our waterproofing methods will help resolve water problems before it causes serious damage to your home in Iowa. Contact us today for more information.

Water and Your Basement Walls – Disaster or Not?

Water in Iowa Basements

Wet basement walls IADo you have water seepage and wall cracks in your basement walls? Home construction is rarely the cause of seepage. The reality is that a perfectly built foundation can still encounter water issues. To understand the cause of water seepage, you must understand why water seeps into basement walls.

Since water follows the path of least resistance, it naturally seeks wall cracks and gaps. In a basement, cracks and holes can be found on slab floors and foundation walls. As excess water builds up against and under the foundation, it increases hydrostatic pressure. When that happens, the foundation walls may crack, lean or bow. Over time, cracks widen and allow water to enter the home.

You may also notice the following issues:

  • Musty odor
  • Humid air
  • Standing water on floor
  • Water seeping out of walls
  • Wall cracks on basement walls
  • Wood rot in sill plates, columns, and joists
  • Water stains on walls
  • Efflorescence or spalling concrete
  • Condensation on walls and floors
  • Insect infestation

Any of these symptoms may indicate water problems in your home. So what causes hydrostatic pressure? There are many reasons why water pressure occurs against foundation walls. The most common reasons include inadequate grading, defective or missing gutters, plumbing leaks, poorly built site preparation, ineffective sump pumps, poor drainage or inadequate window wells. Regardless of the cause, our experts are trained to identify the source of water seepage and choose the appropriate solution.

Solutions for Water and Basement Walls in Iowa

foundation repair for leaning basement walls IAAs a homeowner, it’s important to control moisture sources, install proper gutters and downspouts, and invest in a basement waterproofing system. If you have wall cracks and other structural issues, then you have foundation issues. At Dry-Basement Waterproofing, we offer foundation repair solutions to prevent moisture seepage caused by hydrostatic pressure. We can install ECP steel push piers, helical piers or plate wall anchors to support, lift and stabilize weak foundations. Earth Contact Products  (ECP) are the leading manufacturer in underpinning and waterproofing products.

Our basement waterproofing solutions include an exterior drainage system, interior drainage system, and sump pumps. These waterproofing systems are designed to redirect the flow of water away from the foundation. Basement waterproofing will also improve the air quality of your home by eliminating mold growth and controlling moisture.

Wall cracks and water seepage can both lead to basement wall disasters. Contact Dry-Basement Waterproofing for a free inspection. We serve Ames, the Quad Cities, and the surrounding areas.