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Professional Exterior Waterproofing

Completed Exterior Waterproofing Foundation Wall

At Foundation Specialist, we know that sometimes the best way to take care of a moisture problem occurring in the home is to think "outside the box," so to say. This means that in addition to providing installation services for interior waterproofing systems (sump pumps, drains, dehumidifiers for humidity control), we can also provide you with exterior drains and waterproofing membranes to help stop seepage at the source before it ever makes its way into this area underneath your home.

How To Identify Basement Waterproofing Problems

If you happen to notice any of the following, then you have a moisture problem on the outside of your home that needs to be taken care of immediately:

  • Water can be seen pooling up next to the foundation
  • Moisture is seeping inside over the top of the foundation or through basement windows
  • Water is seen inside the house dripping down the walls in the basement or leaving water damage and stains
  • Low-lying areas of the lawn fill up with water whenever it rains
  • Water can be seen rolling down hills that are sloped toward the base of the home

How We Repair Wet Basements

Waterproofing issues can be caused by any number of factors and not all waterproofing issues can be solved with interior waterproofing methods. If this is the case our team may recommend that you have exterior waterproofing performed on your home. These methods are usually only recommended in serious cases because excavation may be required to install them. We use exterior french drains, waterproofing membranes, and foundation drains to help keep water out of basements from the outside. Take a look below to learn more about our exterior waterproofing methods.

French Drains

These are often installed in the lowest-lying area of a lawn, and they are typically seen on properties where yard grading and drainage is an issue. If you happen to notice excessive amounts of water pooling and puddling up in certain areas of your lawn whenever there is a heavy downpour or when you have melting snow on your property, it is a good indication that you have a grading issue. The drain will be able to prevent the build-up of water by channeling it through a special drainage system.

Waterproofing Membranes

Exterior Waterproofing

These are placed on the outside of your foundation wall, and they are specially designed to have tiny dimples on them that water can pass through. This will help to prevent groundwater from seeping into the basement via cracks in the walls, or over the top of the foundation. In order to properly install a waterproofing membrane on your foundation, our team will need to excavate around the exterior of your home. Once installed, the membrane will keep the groundwater from entering into your basement.

Foundation Drains

These can be installed along the perimeter of the base of your home. They are specially designed to be able to collect moisture from the waterproofing membrane, or they can also prevent the pooling up of water next to your exterior walls where it could potentially do a lot of serious damage.

Contact Our Experts For Exterior Basement Waterproofing Services

Our team of experts can help you keep your basement dry with professional basement waterproofing services. To schedule an inspection and estimate for exterior basement waterproofing you can contact our experts online or by calling 616-438-0551. Contact Us Online

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Customer Testimonials

Installation of foundation water removal system and crawl space encapsulation. Performed work to expectation, arrived promptly and answered all questions.

Nicholas V - Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Installed drain tiles, drain system, and new sump pump. Water was in the basement and evidence of mold. Recommend foundation specialist.

Lisa C. - Ada, MI 49301
Foundation Specialists installed a full perimeter of the basement waterproofing drain tile system. We also have plastic sheets put on the walls for the water to be diverted into the drain tile system. We are very pleased with the result. The installation crew was excellent, on time and did a great ...
James S. - Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Customer Testimonials

Installed drain tiles, drain system, and new sump pump. Water was in the basement and evidence of mold. Recommend foundation specialist.

Lisa C. - Ada, MI 49301
We received an estimate for waterproofing our basement. The price and vibe from the estimate resulted in us deciding to hire this company. They waterproofed our basement and put support beams on a bowed wall. The job was completed as described in a timely manner. The gentleman were all helpful, ...
Heather D. - Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Customer Testimonials

The basement waterproofing crew called every morning before their arrival time. They were very polite and the crew worked very hard to complete the project on time. They did a fantastic job. I am very impressed.

Ted S. - Grand Rapids, MI 49544