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Basement Waterproofing Case Studies: Basement Waterproofing Success Story in Rockport, IN

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Cassi Sherman Henes

Challenge

Spencer County, especially Rockport, is prone to basement flooding.  This is partly due to the low elevation and promixity to the Ohio River, as well as soil conditions.  The mixture of silty clay and sandy sediment creates the perfect recipe for trapping water below the surface.  This leads to many problems--flooding basements, wet crawlspaces, mold and fungus, as well as poor indoor air quality.  Thankfully, there are solutions to all of these concerns because Rockport is a beautiful place to live.

The homeowners of this Rockport home had been struggling with a flooded basement whenever it rained.  The basement was only good for storage and even that was risky depending on the items being stored.  It was a huge source of stress and frustration for the homeowners.  In fact, they had tried another waterproofing method before calling Healthy Spaces, but the system was not able to fit around a couple of obstacles along the perimeter, so the homeowners chose not to install it.

 

Solution

The homeowners met with Scott Thompson, a waterproofing design specialist at Healthy Spaces, to help them design a custom waterproofing system.  After looking through the basement and determining the pattern of groundwater and rainwater entry, Scott proposed a full perimeter Waterguard system, as well as two inspection ports due to the high sediment level in the groundwater.  The inspection ports will allow for easier maintenance and observation of the system to keep it at peak performance.  To help with wall moisture, Scott advised the homeowners to have Brightwall installed to direct wall moisture into the Waterguard system.  Finally, he proposed a powerful Zoeller sump pump called the SuperSump with battery back up and Waterwatch alarm to alert the homeowners if the pump wasn't functioning.

The installation team installed:

        --84 linear feet of Waterguard

        --2 Waterguard inspection ports

        --84 linear feet of Brightwall panels

        --1 Supersump, an Iceguard, and a Lawnscape

Ms. Lake said, "Normally after a rainstorm like we had this morning, our basement would be a soggy mess. I'm happy to report that today our basement is completely dry! Thanks so much to Greg, Daniel, Jarod and Zack for their great work! We are looking forward to being able to use our basement for something other than a storage space".

Project Summary

Project Foreman: Greg Slackers

Owner: Tim Runyon

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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