Waterproofing, Drainage Solutions and Ditches

Waterproofing Services in Halifax, Bedford and Dartmouth

At Shore Thing, we know how important it is to efficiently manage water to protect both residential and commercial properties from damage. Whether it’s dealing with wet basements or fixing cracked foundations, dependable waterproofing and drainage solutions are essential for preserving your property.

If you’re tired of dealing with excess moisture, damp basements, mold, and other problems caused by construction issues or the challenges of Nova Scotian weather, we offer a range of waterproofing and drainage options to help homeowners safeguard their properties.

Why Choose Shore Thing Waterproofing Services

If you are troubled by a wet basement or concerned about cracks in your foundation, at Shore Thing, we provide comprehensive waterproofing solutions.

Equipped with a wide array of specialized tools and equipment, our team can ensure efficient drainage  installation planned and implemented to meet your needs. Our commitment to using the right equipment minimizes disruption to your property while creating your drainage system. Excavation work can often be messy, but from the outset, we prioritize maintaining a clean and organized work area.

With over two decades of experience serving homeowners across HRM, we are dedicated to protecting your most significant investment from water and moisture damage.

Basement Waterproofing Services

When dealing with water in your basement it’s  important to approach the problem methodically, starting, if possible, with exterior solutions. Here are the main steps for effective basement waterproofing:

  • Assessment. We begin by assessing the extent of the water infiltration and identifying potential entry points. We look for cracks, gaps, or areas where water accumulates around the foundation, inspect the exterior of the foundation for any signs of damage or weakness. 
  • Excavation. If necessary, we excavate around the foundation to access the exterior walls. This step is typically required for installing waterproofing materials like rubber membranes and dimple boards. However, if you’re dealing with new construction, these materials can be integrated during the building process.
  • Rubber Membrane Application. This step requires application of a rubber membrane to the exterior walls of the foundation. This membrane acts as a barrier, preventing water from penetrating the foundation wall. 
  • Dimple Board Installation. These boards feature a dimpled surface that creates an air gap between the membrane and the soil, allowing any water that collects to drain away from the foundation. This helps alleviate hydrostatic pressure and reduces the risk of water infiltration.
  • Weeping Tile Integration. Weeping tiles or drainage systems are  essential for channeling water away from the foundation and preventing pooling around the basement walls.
  • Backfilling and Grading. Once the waterproofing materials are in place, we backfill the excavated area and grade the soil away from the foundation. Proper grading ensures that surface water is directed away from the building, further reducing the risk of water intrusion.
Exterior basement waterproofing

Exterior Basement Waterproofing

The best way to prevent future water issues is always to install waterproofing such as a rubber membrane or dimple board on a new foundation when the walls are already exposed. If your foundation is not new, Shore Thing can excavate around your home to expose it and apply the best product to solve your water problem.

Any cracks in the foundation should be well sealed. Once the cracks have been addressed, the recommended product to solve your water problem is installed on the foundation wall, protecting your home by preventing water entering through the barrier and allowing it to drain instead into your weeping tile system.

Our specialists will assess your exterior waterproofing needs and ensure the appropriate fix is applied to keep your home dry.

Interior basement waterproofing process

Interior Basement Waterproofing

Similar to exterior waterproofing, the first step is to identify and seal any cracks in the foundation walls. This is done from the inside with a product that doesn’t dry out, crack, or shrink. When you waterproof from the inside, the application of dimple board ensures that any water that manages to make its way into your home, flows into an interior weeping tile system which can include a sump pump if drainage outside the home is not possible.

It is always best to approach a water issue from the exterior, but at Shore Thing, we know that isn’t always possible due to nearby structures, large decks, or other obstacles. We have the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best solution for your waterproofing needs.

French Drain Installation

To effectively prevent basement flooding, sometimes the best option is installing a full-perimeter French drain system. French drains are typically located around the exterior of the foundation to redirect water away from the building, preventing structural damage caused by standing water. Like roof gutters that guide rainwater to downspouts, French drains do the same, managing ground-level water.

What is a French Drain?

French drains provide excellent solutions for managing water around properties. The design is straightforward: a sloped trench filled with gravel and a pipe. The primary objective is to direct water away from vulnerable areas. As rainwater and surface water permeate the ground, they filter through the gravel into the pipe, flowing through the trench to a designated collection point away from the foundation. The installation process involves strategic placement of gravel, drainage pipes, and permeable landscaping fabric, ensuring effective water filtration and drainage.

Beyond practical benefits, French drains enhance property aesthetics and value, offering a durable and visually appealing solution to water management. Their simplicity and affordability make them a preferred choice for both residential and commercial properties.

French Drains to Reclaim Your Wet Yard

We understand the frustration of looking out at your yard only to see pools of standing water, soggy patches, and unusable spaces. So, if you have a perpetually wet and unusable yard, a drain system can help reclaim it from troublesome drainage issues.

We know every yard is unique. That’s why we provide personalized drainage solutions just for you. Don’t let drainage problems ruin your outdoor space any longer. With French drains, you can transform your soggy yard into a beautiful, functional family space.

For reliable French drain installation, trust Shore Thing Excavation and Landscaping to get the job done right. Contact us today!

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