Stone Foundation and Structural Repair


“Stone Foundation Present Unique Problems to Homeowners”


Stone Foundation - Foundation Repair - basement foundation repair

Before Stone Foundation Parging or Pointing

Stone Foundation - Foundation Repair - basement foundation repair

After Stone Foundation Parging or Pointing










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

Basements appropriately designed 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 rocks, 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.

The importance of maintaining the proper pitch of soil around the foundation

Proper basement drainage around the inside of the perimeter of the basement foundation is essential to avoid hydrostatic pressure. The ground and decks or patios adjacent to the foundation should have a positive slope away from the house 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 home 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 NY 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 an 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 thorough 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