There are quite a few other services we offer at All-Dry that we want to cover with brevity in mind. So we will briefly address other issues you may be having.
Xinite Wall Coverings and Other Interior Moisture Barriers
Would you like to add a complexion change to those musty, flaking, damp, over-porous, and unfinished basement walls? A more pleasant finished appearance to those ghastly looking and auspiciously unhealthy basement walls could be your ticket to a surface driven “peace of mind.”
In some instances your walls may be excessively porous, you have an unusual seepage problem, or your walls are just ugly, cracked, or appear to be overly worked over. In cases like this we can provide a solution that will change the complexion of your basement while helping taking care of your seepage and condensation problems all at the same time.
These improvements, along with the use of a newer model dehumidifier which is most always recommended due to water vapors in the air, make for an even more complete solution and help assure the reduction of mold and other harmful particulate in your home.
By using a xinite wall barrier system we can take care of multiple wall problems. See the pictures below.
Sump Pump Systems
Sump pumps are most often an integral part of the waterproofing experience. The only occasional exception to this is the All-Dry Basement System baseboard method under certain circumstances.
Many times your old sump pump will not be sufficient do to age, poor installation, and other factors regarding reliability. When a sump pump is properly installed it can be expected to usually last a very long time…unless your live very near a lake, pond, or have a very high water table which will cause a sump pump to work more than usual. In such very high usage cases you may be well advised to replace the sump pump every four years or so.
That said, a sump pump will usually outlive it’s owner and then some. They all come with warranties, however, usage is still the determining factor of life expectancy.
The sump pump is installed into a proper sump well which allows water from the immediate under floor area, the under floor drain system, or the above floor drain system to enter so all that water can be extracted back to an appropriate outside area where it belongs. This particular sump pump will extract up to 2,000+ gallons of water per hour.
Almost everyone in our service area lives either on top of a hill or at the bottom of a hill. And since water washes down hill that provides additional drainage problems for some homeowners.
Many people are told that they need to put more dirt against their house. NOT! Honestly, that is almost never the solution. Think about it. Add a few more tons of dirt on to your foundation? When it gets wet from rain…it becomes even more tons of weight? This merely adds additional weight and that added hydro-static pressure (perhaps several tons and more) on to the very foundation you are trying to protect? It just makes no sense.
What we recommend and promote is a properly installed, low maintenance, exterior surface drainage system. We call this a “french drain.” Other companies and individuals have other ideas about what a french drain is, how it works, and how to do a proper installation. Through laying many thousands of feet of “french drain” we have learned quite alot about proper installation. This is not a do it yourself type of work. The proprietary methods, learned only from years of experience, insure that you will add an effective component to your total water control system that can wash away many tons of water. This massive water would normally soak into the ground around your foundation adding that extra weight against your foundation. Am I starting to make sense?
That is the recommended way to take away surface drainage water.
Keep in mind, for most all cases a “french drain” alone will not “cure your total basement water problem.” But, as I mentioned earlier on this site, it often takes a combination of remedies, that compliment each other, to very adequately control and solve your basement and foundation water problems.
Do any of your downspouts look a little like this?
We will now provide some illustrations about exterior drainage and downspouts that may give you a better picture about what we are talking about. Check-out below:
This downspout attachment will carry your roof water out to a curb, a yard slope, or a pop-up drain (which is shown below) that will take the water away from the foundation.
We have also installed a good many window wells, either replacements or new installations. A new window well will improve water control and add a positive touch to the appearance of your property.
You can replace this situation:
With something like this:
Floor Grate Systems-Interior and Exterior:
In many cases floor grating systems are necessary. In the photos you will see a few of these instances.
These photos should give you the idea. What is so good about grating drainage is that it is somewhat versatile as to how we can use it.
Fortress Foundation Stabilization Gridstraps, Wall Crack Staples and many other products and services
All-Dry Basement Systems is an authorized installer of the Fortress Stabilization System products. We have been installing Fortress Stabilization for almost 18 years. You can visit the Fortress Stabilization site and see for yourself what type of company they are and what they are able to provide for us to help you with your foundation stabilization problems.
Fortress Stabilization is the developer of the patented Carbon Fiber/Kevlar grid-strap the provides a tensile strength greater than steel. On their website you will be able to see in great detail the materials and their multifaceted uses in both residential and commercial uses. In many cases you will be as amazed as many structural engineers are regarding it’s capabilities.
We find that this Carbon Fiber/Kevlar grid-strap, which is epoxy bonded to the inside surface of the wall is a very desirable method to our clients. The thin strap material has a smaller profile than structural steel. Furthermore, it does not require any excavation to install.
We will let this Fortress Stabilization website link speak for itself instead of us going into great detail on this site. But what we will do for your quick reference is offer you some installation photos and case study photos about the material from which many Missourians have already seen the benefits.
This is the idea…
Here we have a Fortress Stabilization Case Study
The above foundation is stabilized.
By Doing This
Below, on a poured or block foundation wall “horizontal” and “spider-web” cracking are the types of cracking that should be concerning and may call for the Fortress Stabilization grid-strap or other stabilizing methods.
There are still extreme and unusual instances where the “old mainstay”, the steel I-Beam, is called in to add that extra stability. They could be recommended by themselves OR they are most often used in conjunction with the Fortress Stabilization System to compliment the entire stabilization process. This again is an instance where a combination system could be called into play in the stabilizing process. That said, it is rare.
The All Dry Sub-floor Waterproofing System
At All-Dry we allow you a choice in most all cases. However, if we see that you absolutely need an under-floor drainage system we will advise, recommend, and even insist, that you have that done. Though the baseboard system will work splendidly in almost all cases, sometimes another approach is needed because of conditions that have manifested in your basement.
Other times you may just decide that the other style of waterproofing is what you really want. Well, either way All-Dry will have the answer. You see, at All-Dry we are very well practiced at installing a variety, or even a combination of systems. In some cases a variety of solutions becomes a “smooth combination” and the answer to solving your basement water problems.
This All-Dry installed under-floor (sub-slab) system consists of a membrane which is integrated with an extremely reliable, and time-tested, sub-floor drainage tile which is designed to capture water intruding under floor and transport it to your sump pump for removal. The system’s design is uniquely multi-faceted as we marry modern waterproofing technology with “old school” waterproofing methods which provides a highly effective drainage system allowing MORE water to enter MORE efficiently from MORE directions and that allows extraction of more water back to the outside. It’s also more work, but will be well worth it.
Below we are providing illustrations that give you some indication of what is involved in the installation of sub-floor drain systems. In properly installing such a system, as with any, there are many proprietary details. But this will give you some idea without causing information overload. Here we go…