Basements are typically built with cement materials, such as cast-in-place concrete, block and brick with a concrete slab floor. Unfortunately, these materials can become porous and tend to crack over time.
Basements are also always situated in the ground. In many locations, water can sometimes be found in the ground, as well. Basements are not intended, designed or built to be boats. So, it is only natural for the water in the ground to find its way into the basement and create leaks or other issues that cause a flooded basement. That’s where basement waterproofing comes in handy.
Water penetrates through cracks in the foundation walls and floors. Since the basement is not created with a monolithic pour, water also comes in at the location where the walls and floors meet. The separate pours create a cold joint, which is similar to a crack. Water may also leak at penetrations where a lally column passes through the floor or where conduits and pipes enter the walls. A waterproof condition rarely exists where dissimilar materials meet. Water will flow into basements if the top of the foundation wall is below the adjacent grade and basement window sills when the wells have flooded. Lastly, water could pass through the walls and floors via capillary action.
In the old days, flooding didn’t seem to pose as much of a risk, since basements tended to be unfinished and used mostly for utilities. However, as people wanted to expand their living space into basements, this became unacceptable. Finishing basements with wood framing and wall board became common. Fabric couches and particle board furnishings were also introduced. When these organic materials became wet, mold had a tendency to proliferate. This created a health hazard for the inhabitants of the house because the stack effect spread mold spores throughout entire home.
We at Boccia Inc. have been waterproofing basements in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens since 1955. We have completed thousands of jobs over that time and garnered a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience that is unrivaled in the industry. Boccia even has functioning waterproofing systems that were installed when President Eisenhower occupied the White House.
When our Boccia Inc. consultants design a basement waterproofing system, they consider all the potential sources of water intrusion from below grade. Drawing from years of experience, they survey and assess all of the basement elements. They even consider how they will perform under periods of heavy precipitation that could cause a damp or flooded basement. With this in mind, they design and recommend basement waterproofing systems that will keep the basement dry under these conditions. They know what will work and what won’t because their systems have been tested under every storm that Long Island has experienced for decades!
Experienced, knowledgeable Boccia professionals will then install these basement waterproofing systems with close attention to detail. They work as cleanly and efficiently as possible, attempting to limit disruption under the conditions of installation. Since they stand behind all their work, their goal is to do the job once, and to do it right. The result is that Boccia Inc. is known as the best basement waterproofing company throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Call or contact Boccia today for a creative, cost-effective basement waterproofing solution.