Basement Waterproofing St. Louis MO

Waterproofing your basement is essential to the integrity and value of your home. However, it is a fact that the majority of water problems are solved by controlling water on the exterior, not from within your home.

Controlling your roof water and any outside water pooling close to your foundation is the first line of defense against basement water issues. Once those two culprits are ruled out, hydrostatic pressure is likely the cause of water seepage in your basement.

Hydrostatic pressure typically leads to water seeping at the bottom of the foundation wall (at the footing) and sometimes through floor cracks. Hydrostatic pressure must be reduced and eliminated through exterior foundation french drains or interior perimeter basement waterproofing with a sump pump system. Sometimes both are necessary to guarantee your basement never floods again (interior system) and to protect the integrity of your foundation (exterior french drain).

When our waterproofing expert visits your property for our initial project consultation, we perform an interior basement / crawl space inspection and exterior drainage inspection. We will make recommendations for interior drainage systems as well as options for controlling exterior water that could be contributing to your basement water issues. We believe that outside water needs to be controlled before or at the same time as the interior.

Managing stormwater outside, before it gets to your foundation, is the right way to permanently solve your water problem and help prevent foundation repair.

Prevent basement flooding now! Contact our team for the best basement waterproofing solutions.

Why Is Basement Waterproofing Needed?

Clay Bowl Effect

As a foundation structure is built, soil is removed to install the foundation structure. When this area is backfilled, the pressure of the loose soil puts pressure on the foundation walls causing problems. This allows water to collect in this backfilled area around the foundation causing a "clay bowl" effect. The end result is cracks in the foundation or leaking water.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic pressure is constantly being applied on the walls by saturated soil. These forces can become too much for the walls, resulting in cracks or inward movement. Water will easily find its way into the home through any seams in the foundation footing, or cracks, therefore causing foundation water seepage and jeopardizing structure stability.

Clogged Exterior Footing Drains

A foundation footing drain is installed on the outside of the home or building to help keep water from collecting near the foundation. Installed at the time of construction, these drains become clogged easily and are difficult to clean and flush. Another problem with exterior footing drains is improper piping; they are often constructed with corrugated, cheap piping that is not properly sloped.

Poor Exterior Drainage

Poor exterior drainage may lead to water leaking into the basement. To protect your basement, make sure outdoor drainage is properly piped in PVC and water discharged far from the foundation. It is also important to make sure these pipes are always working as they should. Cracked or collapsed lines may result in leaking water and a wet basement.

Ineffective Sump Pump System

Installed decades ago with undersized and outdated pumping methods, many sump pump systems will exhibit signs of problems when moisture is detected in the basement. Unless you're willing to spend more on continuous "fixes" than just replacing the system altogether, the most prudent course is to have a new, commercial grade system installed. Not only will you protect your property, you will increase the value.

Wet Weather in St. Louis MO

Weather in Missouri is unpredictable. Record rainfalls seem to be a frequent occurrence which causes water to accumulate around foundations because it has nowhere to go. Wintertime moisture and snow-melt also does not allow the ground to absorb any sunlight to dry it out. This leads water to finding its way inside through saturated soils and wall cracks.

Drainage Team Basement Waterproofing Process

Property Protection

A successful basement waterproofing installation will stop water intrusion and help prevent mold and mildew growth, which affects your home’s value. To get the best results, you need to choose a company who provides high-quality products with excellent warranties. You’ll also want to make sure that the company will protect your belongings and keep your house clean by protecting your property during the project.

Jobsite Cleanliness

We are committed to providing you with the best installation experience possible. We make sure that our installation teams are clean and neat on site, and we make sure to use proper safety gear in order to protect your basement from any damage.

Breakout for System

Excavating for this project needs to 7” out from the wall and 4”- 6” deep (down to the footing) in order for the our waterproofing system to be installed.

Unlike our competitors, we leave more of your floor in your basement intact with our special waterproofing system. The result is a dry, clean basement floor with a fraction of the mess and disturbances which some other basement waterproofing companies create.

Water Trek Aqua Route®

Unique for any water problem and footing configuration, the Water Trek Aqua Route ® is a patented basement drainage system. Through rigorous engineering and office-based guide design, it’s a perfect option for solving basement flooding permanently without causing additional problems with your footing’s integrity during use.

Experts agree that the most effective basement waterproofing method is an interior sub-floor system. If you’re looking for something that can keep your basement free of water three times faster than traditional methods, contact us today for a Water Trek Aqua Route ® system.

Bulkhead Drains

A bulkhead drain is an optional channel drain installed on the interior of your basement (and on some occasions, on the exterior) to protect the basement floor of your home in the event water starts flowing through entrances. This channel system collects and transports water directly into your waterproofing system.

Water Grabber®

The Water Grabber® Bull Dog™ is a revolutionary sump pump system that prevents flooding in the home. The system works wonders as a stand-alone unit, but in many cases it also serves as the heart and lungs of our Water Trek Aqua Route® interior basement drainage system.

The unit consists of a drilled (perforated) polyethylene basin with a split lid. We use 3/4″ gravel to surround the basin to help filter the water. We install our alarm, The Grabber Pal II, in the basin to alert you if the pump has a mechanical problem or is unplugged accidentally, which could cause a flood. This alarm is float activated and far superior to sensor type alarms which most other companies offer.

Once our Water Grabber® is installed on your new Water Trek Aqua Route ®, you will have a dry basement, for life! 

Re-Installing Floor

The next step in a basement waterproofing process is re-installing the sections of concrete that were removed during the excavation for the new drainage system.

We mix a custom blend of concrete with additives to ensure the new areas will be as strong or stronger than the removed ones.

Trenchless Waterproofing

The Baseboard Aqua Route® System was developed with particular flooring and foundation specifications in mind. It is also a viable solution when disturbing the basement floor is not an option.

This is a perfect solution to a water problem in these special situations, but it’s not effective for some situations such as having leaking floor cracks or water intrusion in the middle of the floor.

Finished Installation

Work area is swept and vacuumed prior to the re-installation of concrete. Once the concrete is installed, the final job site cleanup is completed. Our goal is to leave the area we worked in cleaner than when we arrived… another guarantee is that the area will be dry and water free, permanently! 

We recommend our clients allow the new concrete dry 3-7 days before starting your basement remodeling projects, re-installing studs, etc.   

Battery Backup

The power goes out and your excess rain water starts collecting in your basement, leading to a potential flood. Use a battery back-up or generator system to protect against flash floods during a power outage.

However, battery backups are not 100% reliable during lengthy power outages. We recommend installing a power generator for 100% flood protection during power failures.

Discharge Piping

Unlike others, we pay close attention to where we discharge water from the sump pumps. We install schedule 35 PVC piping on the exterior of the home, which is the most durable for exterior stormwater drainage. We analyze the impact of discharging water and ensure that our measurements are distributed far enough away from your foundation – all while making sure they comply with the entirety of your stormwater management plan.

Freeze Stop Connection

The freeze stop connection guards against exterior discharge lines freezing in cold winter climates, like in St. Louis Missouri when many basements flood because of frozen discharge lines! The freeze stop connection prevents problems that can arise with frozen exteriors.

We Are Your Basement Waterproofing Solution

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Quality Basement Systems

We only use the best products for our basement waterproofing projects. We are certified, exclusive installers and dealers for Basement Technologies® in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, giving us access to their patented systems. Our exclusive systems are highly recommended and have been installed in over 1 million basements nationwide, earning us the praise of homeowners nationwide.

Learn more about our waterproofing components in our Installations Items Guide.

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Quick Installations

Installation crews complete most waterproofing projects in 1-4 days. Our patented waterproofing system is permanent and has an extensive life cycle, as well as innovative design features to simplify installation.

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Crew Expertise

One of our professional storm water management teams will ensure a quality system. These are experienced professionals that have the necessary skills and knowledge to install a waterproofing system which won’t break or need repairs.

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Affordable Systems

A lifetime warranty and quality components make our basement waterproofing system a cost effective choice. 

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Experience

It’s been decades since our passion for stormwater problems developed, which has allowed us to create the best solutions possible. Thousands of our satisfied clients have indicated that they are thrilled with their exterior and interior stormwater management. Read our client reviews.

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Locally Owned & Operated

Serving the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area! We live in the St. Louis Missouri community and we support the community. We have first-hand knowledge of the local area with coverage about construction practices in the area, wild weather, soil information and so much more.

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BBB Accredited Company

Our slogan is “Research our Reputation, we are the Solution.” Our reputation and client satisfaction are number one. We are accredited with the Better Business Bureau, maintaining an A+ Rating. Visit our Why Choose Drainage Team to learn more about us.

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Free Inspection & Proposals

We offer FREE inspections and free estimates to property owners in our service area. Our quotes are professionally developed straight from our price book, and are emailed within 1-3 business days with no obligation for you to sign up with our company. Still wondering if we’re a good fit for your project? Read about Frequently Asked Questions here.

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