Basement waterpoofing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

When you think about a wet basement you may picture heavy rain, puddles of water, and leaky foundation cracks. Although those are very real problems those aren’t the only factors that affect the waterproofing of your basement. 
Drycrete Waterproofing has years of experience identifying the best solution to your basement waterproofing needs.

wet and moldy basement: The hidden causes

Hydrostatic pressure

Every basement is essentially a bowl in the earth. Depending on what material you build that bowl into (rock, clay, etc.), water can seep in and have issues draining or percolating. That’s when hydrostatic pressure builds. Water seeps down the foundation into that hole where it was dug. It can’t percolate or drain fast enough and hydrostatic pressure builds, forcing the water up into your basement.


Seepage comes through from side walls or from where your walls meet your floor. When it rains and water is coming down the outside of your foundation wall it hits the bottom of the wall and starts to seep under that wall and over the concrete slab. 


Your basement floor might be sitting on wet clay soil, which retains a lot of water. So even though you’re not flooding, that soil under that old slab is retaining moisture. Concrete is porous so it will wick that moisture through like a sponge causing discoloring. It’s not water that you can mop up, it’s dampness. If you place a cardboard box on top of that it’s likely to form mold and mildew. 


Humidity is very heavy and dense. If you open your windows on a summer day all that humidity in the air will come into your home and settle into your basement. This can cause dampness, dark spots, and beading on your floor and walls.

Signs of water damage

Water damage can happen quickly and easily. Make sure to keep an eye out for any of these warning signs:

Problems caused by interior water damage

Water damage is difficult to deal with because it’s often hidden behind walls or underneath floors and carpets. If left untreated, water can cause mold and structural damage that will cost you thousands of dollars to repair—not to mention the health risks associated with mold exposure. Some of the problems caused by water damage include:

Basement waterproofing as insurance

You don’t have to wait for a disaster to consider your options for basement waterproofing. There are many factors outside of your control that can affect water runoff, drainage, and absorption. For instance, if your neighbor installs a pool, changes their landscape, cuts down trees, or puts an addition on their house, that can cause changes in the status of your dry basement.
Maybe you just moved into a new home and you’re not sure if your basement has moisture issues yet. Perhaps you want to finish your basement, build a workshop, or utilize it for dry storage. It only takes one good storm to cause a lot of damage. A sump pump that turns on one time has paid for itself. So don’t wait for a disaster to consider protecting your home.

What do you want to do with the space?

When thinking about basement waterproofing it’s important to ask yourself what you want to do with the space. Not only here and now but down the line. Do you want to stop your basement from flooding every time we get heavy rain? That’s achievable with a French drain and sump pump installation. Maybe you want to repair the cracks in your walls and prevent any further damage. That can be solved with an injection of our DRY-SEAL 5000 Flexible Resin. However, if your plans are to have a dry storage space free from dampness, or a conditioned living area, then that may require multiple components of our basement waterproofing system.

Basement waterproofing System

Basement waterproofing is a multi-component system. Each of these components work in concert to ensure your basement remains a dry and conditioned environment. 

The system consists of:

Sump pump

A sump pump is a critical part of any home with a basement. If your basement is susceptible to flooding a sump pump is a necessary, line of defense against water damage. sump pumps are installed in a sump pit which is usually located in the lowest part of your basement. When water enters the pit, the pump kicks on and begins to pump the water out of the pit and away from your home.

French Drain (Interior Basement Drain)

If your home has a basement, it is important to have a properly functioning interior basement drain. This interior French drain is an effective method to collect and remove water that seeps through the basement walls or floor. Without a properly functioning interior basement drain this water can cause serious damage to your home.

Concrete Slab

Your concrete slab provides protection from rodents and other pests entering your home, however, proper preparation before pouring your slab can make the difference between a damp and dingy basement, and a dry and conditioned living space. Concrete is porous so it will wick water from the substrate below like a sponge, leaving your basement floor damp. Drycrete can remove your slab, get rid of the damp soil from being in contact with the concrete, put down crushed stone, put down a 14-mill vapor barrier then pour a brand new slab. That way no moisture under the ground has any way of penetrating into that concrete.


A moisture control system regulates the humidity level in an environment. It prevents mold and mildew from growing and can also help to reduce allergies and asthma symptoms. Some systems use a combination of humidifiers and dehumidifiers to regulate the humidity level while others use a more natural approach such as evaporative cooling. No matter what type of system you choose it is essential to have a moisture control system in place to keep your home or office healthy and comfortable.

Foundation Wall Crack Repair

Foundation wall cracks are a common problem that can lead to serious structural issues if left unchecked. There are a few different ways to repair foundation wall cracks, and the best method will depend on the size and severity of the crack. For small cracks, a simple resin or epoxy can be used to fill them and prevent water from seeping in. For larger cracks, you’ll need a solution such as DRY-SEAL 5000 that will effectively penetrate the crack and pores to stop the leak and repair the damaged concrete. At Drycrete, our foundation crack repair system is so foolproof we guarantee the repairs for as long as you own your home. 

Foundation Wall wrap

Foundations support your property so that it can withstand the elements while maintaining its shape and size. Foundation wall wraps protect your building fand they come in a wide range to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for something durable or lightweight.

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