Many homes in the greater Chicago area are blessed to have the additional square footage of a basement. The problem is some basement floors are too thin and heave, buckle and crack. This caused by hydro static pressure or sewer lines where the bell housings leak and sewer back up creates even more pressure that will buckle the floor leaving the space practically unusable and thus needing a Basement Floor Replacement. When we Replace a Basement Floor we also install and drain tile system to relieve hydro static pressure and a Foundation Wall Seepage System that will capture existing or future water seepage that comes from a foundation wall whether is is constructed out of stone, brick, cinder block or poured concrete. With the proper water redirection system installed that directs the water to a Sump Pit and Sump Pump, a home owner can expect years of usability with out the fear of water destroying their finished basement.
Another problem that home owners’ run into is head room. In order to finish a basement there has to be enough headroom. Safe Seal has the expertise to Lower a Basement Floor. Most cities and Village require a minimum head room of 7 feet 6 inches from the lowest beam, floor joist or HVAC ducts. To Lower Basement Floor requires a lot of work and manual labor. not only do we have to remove the material to achieve the height you require, we have to take out an additional 8 inches of material to add 4 inches of 3/4 inch stone, Vapor Barrier, Wire AND 4 inches of concrete. That means if you want to can 1 foot of additional head room. 20 to 21 inches of material have to be removed.
Again, there are other issues that need to be dealt with when Lowering a Basement Floor. How deep is the existing foundation? Typically, the footing is no more tan 4 inches to 8 inches below the existing floor. That means the existing foundation is going need a knee wall or the foundation has to be underpinned to extend the existing the foundation deep enough to Lower The Basement Floor. Either method requires a lot of manual labor to dig it out, form the knee wall, re-enforce the knee wall with re bar along with the cost of the cement.
Repair Cracks in Basement Floor That Leak
It is a fallacy that cracks in basement floors can be repaired just like a foundation wall leak can be repaired. It is not practical and it will not work. Water is one of the most powerful forces in nature and putting a patch on the outside or on the opposite side of where the water is coming from just will not work. That is why we put a vapor barrier under the concrete we install. It is so water can not blow out the vapor barrier and the weight of the concrete. The 4 inches of gravel allows the water to flow to the drain tile we install, the drain tile sends the that water to the sump pit and then the sump pump pumps the water back out or into the storm sewer. Try putting the pool liner on the wrong side of the metal containment wall see if it will hold the water. the same principal applies here,