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In this photo, there is quite a bit of water that has made its way into the basement. While it doesn't seem like much, a constant "flow" of this small amount of water can begin to cause problems.
Here is another picture of the basement with several spots of water. Along the right wall, there are at least three or four areas where there are large areas of water. The water may not be huge puddles, but this water will evaporate and soak into the floor joists, eventually causing mold to grow.
Here is another area in the basement that will have the Waterguard drain installed. The drain was installed around the entire basement, so that any water that comes through, will not sit or soak into the floor, but rather be drained to a sump pump and then pumped away from the home.
One last photo of the water intrusion into this basement. This corner was particularly bad, having water soaking into not only the basement floor, but the wall in the corner as well.
Here is the installed Waterguard. While it doesn't look like much, it is does a great job of keeping the water from sitting in one place too long. The water won't stay on the the wall or floor for long enough to soak into anything, when the water gets to the Waterguard, it is then drained out to the sump pump.
The Waterguard runs all the way down this wall and around the basement. This ensures that no water will soak into the floor and walls and begin to evaporate.
This is a very important part of the drain system. Doorways are a huge issue when dealing with basements. The door gives a much easier entry to the basement than the walls or floor. For this reason, we installed an open drain, so that the water can drain easier and won't really enter the basement.
This home in Burnsville, NC had water coming in from all over the basement walls. This album will show the basement both before and after the work was performed.