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Why Choose Atlas?
For years now we have been fixing foundations, crawlspaces, and basements throughout East Tennessee. Whatever the problem is in those areas we have the experience and the products needed to provide the right solution.
The goal of our work is to avoid any unnecessary and costly work down the line, while creating a healthier livings space. You save money up front with our honest work and over the long term with a more energy-efficient home. As an added benefit at the end of our project, you will have additional storage space in your home.
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Basement Waterproofing in Knoxville, TN
There are two main options for most residential foundations: Crawl Space or Concrete “Slab”. Slabs are less common in comparison to Crawl Spaces because their inherent difficulty to build as well as a high cost to do so. Unfortunately, many concrete slabs and basements are constructed without proper moisture mitigation in mind or problems develop as time goes by. Even today contractors and developers are still constructing subpar basements that have moisture problems from day one or soon develop them. Most of the moisture intrusion comes from improper exterior drainage or even leaky plumbing that creates hydrostatic pressure (water pressure) on the walls and floor within the basement. That water works its way through the pores, protrusions, and cracks.
Fortunately, Basement Waterproofing has been scientifically proven to virtually eliminate your moisture problems. The research is resoundingly clear: a fully waterproof and conditioned basement will dramatically promote energy efficiency, a healthier air quality, and comfort in your home—plus it adds additional dry storage and protects your home’s structure.
If you have any of these problem signs, call us for a full professional grade inspection and we can give you guidance on what is best to do next.
We know, they are hard to miss and considered a soar eye by many. Cracks in your basement slab also happen to be one of the easiest paths of entry for moisture intrusion. You might not always see the moisture either because it could be coming in already evaporated, increasing the humidity dramatically in you basement and home.
Wall Cracks & Penetrations
If one wanted to know the number one culprit to water intrusion into your basement space, that would be the cold joint. When foundation walls, floors, and footers are initially built and installed on most houses, they were done separately from each other creating what is known as a “cold joint”. That joint, or space, beats out wall cracks and penetration for the path of least resistance.
We want you breathing clean air, because we actually care about your health. So once all the water is removed and the humidity is to safe levels, only then do we begin our fully encompassing mold remediation process. Starting with the ability to access all the potential mold we remove the current problem causing batt insulation and clean out your crawl space. We then completely remove the now dried mold then apply a mold cleaner that will attack its food source and kill the molds root system.
Now that we have the place dried up and cleaned up let’s focus on where the water is entering. We have industrial grade approaches and products for sealing cracks whether that are on the floor or walls. If need be, we even have ways of water proofing the entirety of your basement walls. If cracks are severe enough that water still persists after the outer rim drainage has been installed (not likely and very uncommon) we can additionally install lateral drains from the crack to carry the water to the wall drains.
Many have many avenues to address drainage but many of those avenues are not designed to be the best for the home owner. That is what we focus on. Not what is going to help our bottom line the most because it was the quickest most profitable solution. Depending on your specific situation depends on the level of drainage needed. Whether that is a baseboard system to relieve hydrostatic pressure or, if severe enough, a full below the slab waterproofing system. Both direct the water to the sump pump.
Side note: When are you at the greatest chance to have flooding in your crawl space? And when are you at the greatest chance of loosing power in your home? That is why we also recommend a battery backup for your sump pump.