Basement Systems of Indiana Case Studies: Basement Waterproofing and Wall Repair of a Church in Muncie, IN
A pastor at a church in Muncie, Indiana reached out to Basement Systems of Indiana with concerns about the condition of the basement that was causing health issues for several members of the church. He informed our inspector Terry that water intrusion and high humidity had been a major issue for some time and knew the issues needed to be rectified for the sake of the church members. Terry tested the relative humidity in the basement at over 70%, which is much higher than it should be and could even allow mold to grow. A wall in the basement about 100 feet in length was also bowing inward significantly caused by foundation settlement and a large crack on the exterior of the foundation. The Pastor Ben was concerned about the wall completely collapsing and believed it was beyond repair before meeting with our inspector Terry to determine a viable solution. In fact, he previously had talks with a general contractor about having the wall completely demolished. With all of these problems in mind, the health and safety of his church members became his number one priority.
Our Foreman Isaias and his crew members Olvin and Nazario installed a WaterGuard drainage system around the interior perimeter of the basement to collect any water seepage passing through the wall or floor to redirect it to a TripleSafe sump pump. To install the WaterGuard system, the crew had to overcome working in confined spaces and drill through very thick concrete. Because of the overall size of the basement, 2 TripleSafe sump pumps were needed to effectively remove any water seepage in the basement and a total of 4 IceGuard discharge lines that will redirect the water out and away from the church building. The humidity and moisture problem was resolved by installing 2 SaniDry Sedona dehumidifiers to condition the air and eliminate any musty smells rising upstairs. After the installation of the dehumidifiers, the relative humidity decreased significantly to a comfortable 50%, which will no longer allow mold to grow. In addition to installing 2 dehumidifiers, the crew installed the CleanSpace wall system on the concrete basement walls to prevent any moisture from passing through. PowerBraces were installed over the CleanSpace wall vapor barrier to permanently stabilize the bowing foundation wall and prevent any further movement. The pastor Ben was thrilled with the crew's efficiency and work ethic throughout the job and is relieved to have these recurring issues with the basement and foundation now behind him.
Sales Inspector: Terry
Production Superintendent: Jared
A total of 18 PowerBraces were installed to permanently stabilize the 100 foot basement foundation wall
The SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier will help lower the humidity and moisture levels in the basement, as well as eliminate the musty smells rising upstairs
The TripleSafe sump pump system will provide the basement with three levels of protection against a flood
The second TripleSafe sump pump system installed in the basement was needed due to the massive size of the basement and the amount of WaterGuard drainage that was needed
The IceGuard discharge line system extends from the 2 TripleSafe sump pumps in the basement and removes any water seepage away from the church building
CleanSpace wall vapor barrier was installed on the concrete wall to prevent any moisture from passing through
The WaterGuard drainage system is shown here on top of the footer to help capture any water intrusion from the floor and walls. Concrete was then sealed back of the floor.
This before photo of the basement visibly shows signs of discoloration on the walls and the foundation wall bowing inward significantly