The Basement Waterproofing Solution for High Water Tables

By Doug Hanna, Principal, S+H Construction, Inc.

Basement waterproofing is especially important if your property has a high water table, such as many in Cambridge, MA or Boston's Back Bay. S+H Construction has developed a unique process for waterproofing the basements of older and historic homes and structures. Rather than allowing water to penetrate foundation walls and then redirecting it to a sump pump, as many other systems do, our method absolutely STOPS WATER AND MOISTURE from entering through walls or slabs. We have performed hundreds of jobs over the last ten years using this method and have had ZERO callbacks.

The Basement Waterproofing Solution for High Water Tables

Fieldstone Wall Prepped for Waterproofing

Waterproofing old fieldstone and brick foundations is difficult when done from the exterior, because it involves excavation, disruption of landscape and plantings, backfilling and then replanting. Our waterproofing process is done completely from the inside. S + H originally began doing basement waterproofing as a way to keep our site work personnel busy during the winter months. We were frankly amazed the first few times we used this method, because we did not believe that there existed a truly effective way to waterproof an old foundation from the inside. With real estate at a premium, and local cities and towns loosening regulations around the development of basements as living areas, the need for TRULY waterproof basements spaces is more important than ever. When done in conjunction with a new waterproof slab, using the same material as the walls, we can guarantee a dry basement.

In some houses, significant improvement in water infiltration can be realized by simply redirecting downspouts away from the foundation. However, if your home is located in an area with a high water table, or has hydrostatic pressure against a portion of the foundation wall because it is facing an uphill grade, our waterproofing process will solve the problem.

One added benefit to the S+H Waterproofing system is that it consolidates and strengthens the foundation wall, joining together loose stones and bricks and providing decades of structural improvement.

As opposed to cabinets or plumbing fixtures, which get used everyday, the basement envelope, like the roof, is something that people rarely think about, unless it’s leaking. While it might be out of sight, waterproofing the basement, because it creates a dry, mold free environment that allows for more living area, could be one of the best investments in your home.

Please contact us if you have a wet basement and want to solve the problem.