Basement & Crawl Space Repair Case Studies

Leaking Basement 

This Williamsburg home backs up against the Williamsburg Country Club and had water pouring into the basement.

Here the technicians are jackhammering a 5″ x 5″ trough along the inside basement foundation wall prepping for the Water Trek.

Sump pump system installed with a sealed lid and battery back-up in place. The battery backup unit ensures that the pump will keep going in the event of a power failure.

Bowed Basement Wall – Smithfield, VA

This homeowner in Smithfield, VA had bowing basement walls along two sides of the house at the front and back walls. Note the severe wall cracks. A foundation’s primary purpose, whether it is concrete block, poured, or stone that is used is to support the compressive load of the building. However, these building components are generally weak in tensile strength and lateral forces. Thus, concrete and other building materials incorporate reinforcing materials, such as rebar, to increase the lateral load capacity of the foundation wall. Sometimes, these reinforcing methods are not enough and lateral forces can overcome the strength of the wall.

Bowed basement or foundation walls occur as a result of soil loads pushing against the wall. Compounded with depth and other factors and the lateral forces surpass the foundation’s original resistance to these loads. Over time, these factors can produce lateral bending and the foundation or basement wall becomes bowed. This condition also produces significant cracking. If left unattended, this condition will worsen with time, jeopardizing both the property’s structural integrity and resale value.

Front and back basement wall after wall anchors and the carbon-fiber kevlar sheet straps were installed. The plate anchors were installed at a 6’-0” center with carbon fiber straps between each plate anchor.

Leaking Basement – Alexandria, Virginia

To minimize the amount of water entering this Virginia Beach home, the Curtain Drain System was installed along the front exterior of the home.

In this particular case, the concrete design was a slab-on-grade, adjacent to the spread load footing, allowing us to open the footing along the inside wall, and install the Water Trek.

Water Grabber, pump, and discharge line are installed then concrete is poured.

A discharge line, freeze stopped, and Underground Discharge Extender (UDE) are being installed.

Underground Discharge Extender connected to Lawn Magnum and Bubbler Pot.

Wood Landing is framed over Water Grabber Pump and liner and final landscaping is completed.

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