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Healthy Spaces Case Studies: Radcliff, KY Basement Waterproofing

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Cassi Sherman Henes

Challenge

This Radcliff, KY home has been experiencing a problem with groundwater intrusion into the basement for a number of years.  "It mainly happens in the spring and summer, but the basement always feels damp and wet.  That wall over there feels cold and wet to the touch, it's really frustrating.  If I leave anything touching that wall, it's wet when I come back." said the homeowner.

Donnie Stuteville from Healthy Spaces determined that the block foundation walls were holding water inside and it was leaking out.  This created a problem where a waterproofing system needed to be installed, but during the installation process, water would constantly be coming in.  Donnie helped create a plan that would resolve the basement wall water issue and protect the basement as the system was installed.

Solution

Donnie recommended a very specific order of operations for installation:

1. Create the trenches for the Waterguard installation

2. Clean the trenches and insert the waterguard sections

3. Create the Supersump sump pump pit

4. Construct the sump pump system and discharge line

5. Activate the system

6. Drill weep holes from the walls into the Waterguard system

 

As the installation team worked, they noticed that the trenches and sump pump pit were slowly filling with water.  As they hurried to keep up with the influx, they decided to temporairly attach the sump pump discharge to a flexible line and run it outside.  This allowed the system to keep the water level low, even during installation!

Project Summary

Owner: Tim Runyon

Project Manager: Donald Stutesville

Project Foreman: Daniel Steele

About the author
Cassi holds over 15 years experience in the construction, real estate, and education industries. She is certified in foundation repair technology, soil dynamics, and system design from the Foundation Supportworks Institute.

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