Recently, a homeowner asked me what to do since water started to intrude into his basement. I went to my expert, Jerin Zander from Zander Solutions, to talk to him about how to address water damage. *Zander Solutions is a waterproofing contractor that serves all of Dane County, as well as surrounding counties. His company also installs radon mitigation systems, which we will address in a future video.
If you have water coming into your basement, the first thing you need to do is figure out where the water is coming from. Water can actually enter your basement in many different ways. It can enter through the walls via a crack, honeycombed concrete, or an unsealed tie in the concrete. Water can also come over the top of the wall or possibly underneath the floor due to hydrostatic pressure. There could even be a grading or landscaping issue that drives water into the basement.
Different scenarios require different fixes. The best way to figure out what’s going on is to do a water test. Jerin and his company can run water outside of the basement in order to find the problem.
First you have to figure out where the water is coming from.
If water is coming in through a crack in the wall, you can fix it with an epoxy injection. This is the least expensive fix and usually runs between $400 and $600. Replacing the entire drain tile system can be the most expensive fix as well as the most time-consuming fix, depending on the area. Jerin and his team will work to rule everything else out first before taking this step.
To see a time-lapse of a complete repair you can WATCH THIS 2-MINUTE VIDEO.