Are you tired of battling the elements, trying to keep your basement dry and your home protected? If you answered yes, we have the answer to your water woes! Welcome to Barrier Waterproofing Systems, where we bring you cutting-edge basement waterproofing solutions throughout Nashville and Cookeville, TN, and the neighboring communities.
Our expert team of skilled professionals has the tools, the know-how, and the dedication to tackle water intrusion head-on, safeguarding your basement from unwelcome moisture and potential damage. After you give us a call, our team will arrive at your home and perform a professional evaluation of your home’s basement or crawl space foundation. Then, we’ll get to work finding the perfect system that meets your goals. Don’t wait for Mother Nature to rain on your parade yet again — call us today or book service online, and we’ll turn your basement into an impenetrable fortress against flooding! Read more about our work below.
It is our goal here at Barrier Waterproofing Systems to create informed customers. We aim to teach you about the various systems and options available, as well as review the advantages and disadvantages of each. We can help you choose a waterproofing solution that best fits your needs. We’re proud to offer premium services with a lifetime guarantee for any and all moisture intrusion issues. No matter what water issue your basement or crawl space is having, we can work with you to resolve it and provide you with a dry basement and peace of mind once and for all.
We’re Middle Tennessee’s top waterproofing company, serving homeowners in and around Nashville and Cookeville, TN. We primarily work within these locations in TN:
The fight against intruding water can often seem like a losing battle, and your basement can end up wet and soggy for many reasons (although some are more common than others). Here are some of the most common causes of a wet basement:
Have you noticed increased basement moisture? Are your basement walls damp to touch? Can you hear a mysterious dripping? There are many warning signs that you require professional basement waterproofing services — if you know where to look, that is. Watch out for these issues that indicate you need help from the BWS team:
Wet Basement Floors
Standing water on your basement floors is not only a health and safety hazard, but a direct sign of a water intrusion problem. Even small amounts of water are capable of causing structural decay and foundation damage. This also creates negative health effects and safety concerns. Basement waterproofing or crawl space waterproofing or encapsulation in dirt floor basements will help mitigate this problem.
If there are large or jagged cracks in your basement floor, the problem may be occurring within your home’s foundation. As water travels under your concrete floor, it will create voids or channels, like it does with a river bed. The concrete will crack above the voids and extend towards the foundation walls where the water had initially entered the foundation. If the cracks extend into the foundation walls or the ceiling (porch area above the basement), you need help NOW. Call us now and we’ll be there right away!
Wet Basement Walls
If you see darker sections of concrete or concrete blocks usually at the bottom of the foundation walls, they are most likely wet. Something is obviously wrong with the existing waterproofing system. If you notice white chalky stains on the concrete walls inside a basement during dry periods, this is a sure sign of water intrusion. The white chalkiness is known as efflorescence, and it is made up of the lime and calcium leaching out of the concrete when it gets wet. The lime and calcium dissolve in the water as the water moves to equally wet the block and hence migrates to the inside surface of the basement wall to evaporate. Then, they are left behind on the block wall surface as the water evaporates to the basement. Since the rapidly vanishing lime and calcium actually serve as the “glue” that holds the concrete together, the concrete gets weak, discolors, and deteriorates as a result.
We coined this phrase “block rot” years ago and have created a blog post describing it. As water continually pounds your foundation from the exterior year after year, it takes the lime and calcium (the glue) out of your concrete wall. From the inside of your basement, your blocks will look black. When we dig to this level from the exterior, the blocks are usually disintegrated and are ready to collapse, if not already collapsed. Rule of thumb: If your blocks are black on the inside, they are disintegrated on the outside. We have techniques for fixing this situation and preserving any remaining concrete blocks.
High humidity and leaks around supply lines can create the perfect environment for wood rot and fungal growth in your finished basement. A musty smell may indicate that you have wood rot or fungal growth in your basement. The odor will increase in strength and intensity as it spreads throughout the house.
Another common sign of a wet basement is black or green mold, discoloration, or a “mildewy” smell. If you see clusters of fungal growth, you will need a professional to help identify the severity of your mold infestation.
Other contractors will claim their basement waterproofing solutions are the best, but we walk the walk to prove that ours are superior. Our company guarantees our systems for a lifetime and offers effective, affordable solutions manufactured exclusively for our customers. Just ask any of the thousands of satisfied homeowners we’ve worked with in Nashville, Cookeville, and elsewhere in the Middle Tennessee area!
Here are some of the ways we can help YOUR home stay safer and drier:
Interior waterproofing can be an effective water management system for many Nashville and Cookeville, TN, basements. The cost of interior waterproofing is less than exterior waterproofing, and this procedure will help eliminate wet conditions on your basement floor. However, interior systems don’t always eliminate every aspect of the damaging effects of water on your home’s structure.
Exterior basement waterproofing provides a permanent solution to water problems in your basement. This is the only system that structural engineers will recommend when dealing with wet basements. Our exterior waterproofing systems will completely eliminate leaky basements and are backed by our Lifetime Guarantee. To top it off, they are also maintenance-free!
French and trench drains manage the proper collection and drainage of water away from your home. Essentially, these water management systems deter water from reaching the foundation of your home, reducing the chance of moisture problems within your basement or crawl space.
A sump pump is a mechanical device that is designed to extract accumulated water. Unwanted water is collected in a sump crock (sump basin) that is surrounded with clean gravel. The sump pump will discharge the water to the outside of the home when the level rises high enough to activate the sump pump float switch.
Because sump pumps remove excess water rather than preventing it from entering your basement at all, we recommend installing one as a backup solution just in case you battle a high water table like we do in the Middle Tennessee area
We specifically recommend this solution if you live in:
A basement or crawl space dehumidifier unit works to clear up a humid environment. However, a dehumidification system will not work effectively unless it is installed in a properly sealed environment. Our dehumidifiers are usually paired with another basement waterproofing solution to maintain a comfortable humidity level. A dehumidifier can also be an effective standalone solution for slightly moist environments, such as poor garage door seals or uninsulated window areas.
When you waterproof your basement, you protect your home, increase its value, and improve overall living conditions. Here are some of the key advantages of basement waterproofing:
The cost to waterproof a basement depends on the size of the space, the methods used, and the complexity of the job, among other factors. If you’re local to the Middle Tennessee area, whether you’re in Nashville, Cookeville, Franklin, Smyrna, Watertown, La Vergne, Mt. Juliet, Carthage, Madison, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Hartsville, Brentwood, Woodbury, or Crossville, TN, contact us today for a free waterproofing consultation!
The answer to this question varies based on the type of waterproofing performed. Feel free to speak with one of our waterproofing experts today to learn more about our Lifetime Guarantee or any of our waterproofing solutions.
It may seem straightforward or even easy to waterproof a basement by yourself, but the truth is that it simply isn’t. There are plenty of YouTube videos out there that tempt you and get you into trouble. Some of our best customers are those who have attempted a DIY waterproofing project and unfortunately failed miserably. They end up paying twice as much for the project but more importantly lose valuable family time. Waterproofing is a complex operation that takes a lot of talent and should not be attempted as a do-it-yourself project. Instead, it is recommended to employ a professional waterproofing company to guarantee the job is done safely & correctly. Trust BWS to take care of your most important investment.
When it comes to protecting your home and ensuring the safety of your loved ones, basement waterproofing is the ultimate solution you’ve been searching for. And with Barrier Waterproofing Systems on your side, you can rest easy knowing that we’ve got your back. Embrace the power of basement waterproofing and let us pave the way to a brighter, drier future. Give our team a call today or schedule service online now, and we’ll be there soon!