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Waterproof your investment

French drains, when properly installed, are effective in controlling sub-surface water problems around your Tulsa home. French drains are composed of a perforated drain pipe placed in a clean gravel bed trench. The gravel trench allows for a "path of least resistance" for sub-surface water to migrate to. The sub-surface water can then enter into a perforated piping system that will then distribute the collected water to a non-problem area such as the street or a lower part of the property. Poor drainage areas such as near the home's foundation can cause serious damage to a home's foundation leading to stress cracks in the home's veneer and damage to the foundation. Our trained Tulsa drainage professionals at Oklahoma Landscape can help determine if a French Drain is the best drainage solution for your property. Your home is probably one of your most expensive investments. Waterproofing a large investment like this from flooding and other problems should therefore be carefully planned and executed to ensure your home is protected.

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Waterproofing Your Home

Waterproofing a home includes using a sealant to keep surface and subsurface water from penetrating the foundation or basement stem walls. This process has to be very precise in order to be effective. Debris must be thoroughly cleaned away from the stem wall and all crevices must be completely sealed and protected. A french drain may also be installed below the footing to prevent subsurface water from pooling under the foundation.

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Signs Waterproofing is needed

Homes with basements around 25 to 30 years of age should especially be inspected for leaks. Signs that waterproofing may be needed include: high moisture content in the basement area, visible water seepage through the stem wall, especially around the top or bottom corner where the stem wall meets the basement slab, a house with a drop floor plan is highly susceptible to leaks and flooding. Signs of leaks in these homes include: mold or mildew on the baseboards, typically starting from the backside of the baseboard, outside surface grade that is higher than the inside floor level or higher than the applied sealant.