Archive for the ‘Crawl Space / Stone Foundations’ Category

Basement Drainage Drain Tile or French Drain

by Darlene Waters


Signs Your Home May Need to Have New Drain Tile / French Drain Installation:




Plugged Clay Drain Tile - Drain Tile - French Drain Installation

                  Plugged Clay Drain Tile

Problem: Plugged Drain Tile


When water comes in on the basement floor where the basement wall(s) meet the floor, this is usually because your basement drainage has become clogged and can no longer accept water. Typically, this will begin in the furthest corner from where your sump basin and sump pump are. When drain tile, also known as French tile becomes clogged and can no longer drain the water from the walls or under the floor properly, new drain tile needs to be installed.






Install new drain white perforated drain tile to collect the wall and floor water into the sump basin and then pump it out of the basement. Waters Basement Services installs clean-outs in the basement drainage tile to enable your drain tile to be cleaned or flushed. Drain tile should be cleaned at least once a year, or more often depending on your soil type. Clean-outs enable the homeowner to clean their drain tile with a garden hose. If the homeowner prefers or is unable to use the clean-out Waters Basement Services will perform this service. Just as important is proper grading along the foundation and gutter downspout placement, you always want water to shed away from your home.


Camera Inspection of Drain Tile:


Plugged Clay Drain Tile - Drain Tile - French Drain Installation

Bob Waters inspecting a downspout conductor line

If you’re experiencing clogged drain tile, contact us to have a camera inspection of your drain tile. We service the Buffalo & Rochester NY areas. A drainage camera is very useful in helping to determine if your drain tile needs cleaning, is plugged, or filled with tree roots and must have new drain tile installed. The camera provides a view of the drain tile, (on a small TV screen) locating any tree root intrusions, breaks, plugs/blockages or other common problems. Having a drain camera inspection allows the homeowner to understand what potential issues may arise, or if they need to address a problem immediately. The best way to determine the condition of your drain tile is by a camera inspection.

Drain tile is the essential ingredient in effective basement waterproofing. Drain tile needs to be free of debris that can build up over time to operate correctly.

Basement floor drains work the same. A floor drain needs to be free of debris and be able to flow out into the storm drain. When the storm drain becomes overwhelmed with stormwater, this water may pour into your basement. You can have a backflow preventer installed or plug the floor drain, which prevents water from entering your basement when storm sewers become overwhelmed and cannot take water out.






Reviews from our customer surveys in the Buffalo & Rochester NY areas:


“How great it is to finally have a dry basement after many years. Thanks! Wonderful to see a boss working right along with his crew. They were great and finished the job in 3 days.”    Shirley; Lockport, NY

“We now have a usable basement that we feel comfortable entertaining & using as living space. Our foundation will last much longer now that our water problem resolved, with new drain tiling installed. Very happy with the professional work ethic the crew showed while they were here. After construction clean-up is outstanding, shelving very heavy duty & sturdy.”   John; Corfu, NY

“Prompt, friendly professional, flexible service. Reasonable rates and impressive clean-up! Highly recommend.”      Michele; Lockport, NY

“No H²O in the basement after a 4” downpour, Thanks!”       Sall; Rochester, NY

“Job completed is better than when our home was built and done as scheduled! Totally impressed with the work and the follow through. Very Satisfied!”     Larry; Byron, NY


Water is coming in on the floor where the basement walls and floor meet. Why?


Why your drain tile should be cleaned?

Your Wet Crawlspace waterproofed with Crawlspace Encapsulation System!

by Darlene Waters

Crawlspace Encapsulation


Lowers energy cost


Eliminates odors


Reduces humidity levels


Gains usable space


Crawlspace Encapsulation

Basement Encapsulation Installed in Lockport, NY

Crawlspace Encapsulation System

Crawlspace Encapsulation & Wall Panels Installed in Williamsville, NY

Dirt and stone crawlspaces are common areas in many homes, and present unique problems to homeowners. The soil inside the house can produce humidity, odors and radon gases.  A damp, humid, wet crawlspace is a breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can spread throughout a home.

Dirt crawlspaces can give rodents and insects an accessible entrance into the upper levels of a home. Structural damage to the first-floor floorboards, walls, and carpet may be a result of the dampness and humidity of an open crawl space.

A vapor barrier is a multi-ply nylon weave and polymer laminate design which will prevent odors and gases from entering the home and affecting you and your family.


Waters Basement Services crawlspace encapsulation product is a commercial grade vapor barrier used in applications that demand exceptional impact or puncture resistance, in addition to brute tear resistance.

Drying up your damp crawlspace with crawlspace encapsulation is the first step towards a clean and healthy environment ready for living, storage, and play.  Waters Basement Services can turn your musty, humid, wet crawlspace into a bright order-free space.

Reviews from customer surveys in the Rochester and Buffalo NY areas:


“After ten years and numerous attempts by other contractors, Waters Basement Services corrected the problem. The procedure was no fuss, no mess, no problem.”        John; Hilton, NY

“Our basement has gone from wet and awful to dry and clean. We are beyond thrilled with the improvements! Bob and his crew went above and beyond every step of the way. They did an excellent job, and we would recommend them without reservation.”       Allison; Corfu, NY

“Prompt follow up, all questions answered. Staff all very attentive. Excellent company to do business with.”       James; Lewiston, NY

“Waters Basement gave us a cost-effective way to waterproof our “original” basement and make it look brighter and clean. Bob didn’t “mince words” on what was needed to have the job done. The installation crew was very thoughtful and went “the extra mile in services!”            Wayne; Lockport, NY

“The appearance of the basement crawl space is much improved. The drainage provided by the sump basin and pumps is excellent. We are very pleased that the “sewer/gray water” open is no longer present. Thank you!”        Nancy; Darien Center, NY


Waters Basement Crawlspace Encapsulation Video

Stone Foundation and Structural Repair

by Darlene Waters

“Stone Foundation Present Unique Problems to Homeowners”


Stone Foundation - Home Foundation Repair

Before Stone Foundation

Stone Foundation - Home Foundation Repair

After Repointing Stone Foundation










Stone foundation, the most common basement built before 1915, is a concern for homeowners of old homes; and present unique problems to homeowners.

Basements appropriately designed properly with correct footers and foundation walls are often strong enough to hold up against the forces of nature for many years.  Combined pressures of gravity, soil swelling with water, freezing, and thawing create hydrostatic pressure.  Hydrostatic pressure and tree roots are all forces that continue to excerpt pressure to gain entrance into your basement.

A visual inspection will disclose gaps in the joints, crumbly mortar, bulging, bowing shifting or settlement that may require a home foundation repair.

Most stone foundations have a mortar coating on the interior. Moisture migration will inevitably cause the mortar to flake off and expose the stones. When this occurs, re-pointing or parging is needed.  If enough of the old mortar falls out between the stones, they will start shifting around. A home foundation repair would be necessary if the sandy, crumbly mortar falls out the stones also will likely fall out.

Proper drainage around the inside of the perimeter of the basement is essential to avoid hydrostatic pressure. The ground and decks or patios adjacent to the foundation should have a positive slope away from the foundation.  Roof water should collect in a well-maintained gutter system with downspouts and discharging away from the foundation.  Sump pump discharge lines also need to be extended away from the foundation.  Waters Basement Services can install gutter and sump discharge lines into a Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot that allows water to flow underground.  You can even mow over you Lawn Scape Bubbler Pot.


Reviews from our customer’s surveys in the Rochester and Buffalo NY areas:


“Crew was extremely hard working and did a great job. The basement is dry; that is amazing for a 140-year old house.  Impressed with Bob Waters knowledge and honest answers to the correct water problem. The quote was very fair and included a military discount.”     Gary; Elba, NY


“Very happy with results. Was a serious and difficult job in a very old house. Terrific improvement.  Very nice work, quick, clean, Great Crew. Thanks, guys!”   Bonnie; Lockport, NY


“Basement walls are clean and dry, no musty odor. Very professional service, on schedule, on time. No attempt to up-sell. Bob provided a through explanation of the work they would do to clean patch and waterproof the walls.  His crew Kelly and Kevin were fast and efficient and did a great job.”       Dorothy; Rochester, NY


“For 27-years I’ve had to deal with water in the basement after heavy rain and snow melts. The cellar was filled with mold because even when there wasn’t standing water, it was damp. I never even considered the possibility of using the space downstairs for anything other than storage. Often, these items would then get moldy, and I’d have to throw them away. I am amazed at the difference after Bob and his crew worked their magic. After several straight days of heavy rain and a pond that appeared in my backyard.  I am thrilled and relieved to have not one drop of water in the basement.  Not only am I not going to have the stress and work involved with a wet cellar, the air quality, without the mold, has already improved.  I will never again have to worry about my foundation becoming structurally unsound.  Bob is extremely knowledgeable a true professional.  I highly recommend you give him a call if you are dealing with water problems.”     Leslie; Le Roy, NY

Rim Joist Spray Insulation

by Darlene Waters



Your home lets in cold air during the winter and warm air during the summer, resulting in higher energy bills. Stopping air infiltration is the best defense against energy loss.

Unlike fiberglass, which is only a thermal barrier, the spray foam insulation creates both an air and vapor barrier at the Rim Joist. Moist air can filter through fiberglass creating condensation at the Rim Joist, which can eventually lead to mold and mildew problems.



Reduces heating and cooling costs
Improves indoor air quality
High R-value R-6 per square inch (We apply minimum 2 inches per square inch to give you an R value of R-12 or higher)
Protects against insects and rodents
Fills hard-to-insulate areas
Provides an airtight thermal seal
Offers highest aged R-Value
Does not sag or settle over time
Adheres to existing structure
Protects against water/moisture


Lower Energy Bills with Rim Joist Spray Insulation


Most Effective Way to Insulate at the Rim Joist

Basement Debris Removal

by Darlene Waters

Basement Debris Removal in Rochester NY & Buffalo NY

Do you have a basement that is full of the unwanted item?

Do you need to clean out your basement?


Waters Basement Services will haul away your unwanted items and inspect your basement.