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When It Rains It Pours.

It is going to be a wet and rain filled month. When water starts coming into your basement we can help. We offer multiple solutions that will help keep the rising rain waters out of your home for good. There might be some temporary fixes out there but what makes our products and installation different is that  we plan ahead for future settling and issues such as the heavy rain water like we will be seeing from Hurricane Rosa.

What could be causing the water to come in in the first place?

Some settling of a home is normal over time and this can cause even the smallest crack to let water in. Concrete is porous material and water can find the smallest of path to bring water into your home.  Foundation joints did not get poured right in the first place, causing ground water to come up and into the home. High water table areas over load the foundation allowing the water to come through.  There are many reasons why and how the water can come in through the foundation and we are here to prevent that from happening.

Why can’t I just coat the exterior in tar or redirect the water?

These solutions could provide a temporary fix, however they will not last over time and it will just be happening again.  If water is coming in from an over filling window well, broken sprinkler system, hose that was left on over night; eliminating those issues will only help until we get a month like this where we are receiving heavy rain and then the water will come right back in.  Our solutions get to the root of the issue and treat it there.

A Full 3 Part Waterproofing installation. Xpexy,      Encapsulation Membrane and Aquashield.

 

How can we stop the water  from coming in?

We offer a few solutions but most of them come with our Aquashield product. Aquashield is a drain that will capture any water that could come in and redirect it back out side. Its  like the third defense line for anything that could break through our first two solution products.

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Aquashield System

What if there is just too much water?

In extreme cases with high water tables we can install a sump pump. This is a small pump that goes into a basement.  It then collects the water and pumps it out of your home in partnership with the Aquashield system.  If you are worried that there is just to much water coming in talk to your specialist about this option.

 

If you have more questions

give us a call 801-200-3280

and check out our waterproofing page here .

Installation Processes

What can the installation process look like during repairs at your home?

With such a specialized type of installation there are often lots of questions about the process. The Foundation Specialist will  provide you with both verbal and visual representation of the exact process for your home. If you do have any  questions specific to your home; just let us know what we can do to help clarify the process for you.

 

Installed Pier Bracket

Protective Landscaping Procedure

This L shaped bracket sits under the footing of your home for stabilization.  Depth will very from home to home based on how deep your foundation and footings are. Our technicians do their best to preserve landscaping and will backfill when completed.

 

 

What happens with the holes?

Freshly Patched Concrete

Patch Installation

 

We can patch any installation with a fresh patch of  concrete.

This image is of wet, fresh concrete.

Once it dries it will be similar to the existing concrete.

Our technicians always try to get the best match possible when patching concrete.

Let your specialist know if you have any concerns about getting your concrete patched.

If you have stained or stamped concrete discuss your options

with your  Foundation Specialist.

 

 

        This patching process will also apply to our Aquashield system
and filling in drill holes during POLYcrete Foam Lifting.

Freshly Patched Aquasheild System

 

When doing work in finished basements or area we always

try to remove the least amount of necessary structure,

and cosmetic finish as to save you time and money in the

long run. If you are in need of help re-patching areas that

have had demolition done by BASEco  we will provide you

with highly suggested referrals.

 

 

What can you expect during POLYcrete Foam installation?

Before Lift

Concrete can be lifted back up to its original installation, however POLYcrete can not be used to lift it more than its original installation.

After Lift Using POLYcrete

Cosmetically the technician tries to keep things as clean and even as possible.  This is a very delicate process and our highly trained technicians and specialist can answer any questions or concerns  you would have on the system with its effectiveness or cosmetic finish. A dime sized hole is drilled for the injection spot where the POLYcrete is  installed. This hole will be patched for a clean finish.

 

 

If you are in need of POLYcrete installation inside the home our technicians will pull back any carpet and do their best to preserve its integrity. However any other type of flooring will need to be removed either by the home owner or a third party company if intending to reuse the current flooring. The specialist can discuss these options with you about what BASEco will and will not do demolition on. POLYcrete lift inside the home

 

 Put back of framing, dry wall, flooring, landscaping etc is not covered under BASEco’s installation process. The written proposal will document what will be included with regards to clean up and demolition. Any further questions or clarification can be addressed with the Foundation Specialist. 

Signs Your Home Needs a Foundation Inspection

 

For many Americans, a home is the largest investment they will make in their lifetime. So, it only makes sense to protect it. That may mean:

  • Checking that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked
  • Vacuuming heat registers and heat vents
  • Inspecting electrical cords for wear
  • Testing smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers
  • Inspecting tub and sink drains for debris
  • Cleaning faucet aerators and showerheads to remove mineral deposits
  • Checking the water softener and replenishing it if necessary
  • Cleaning the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups

However, what many fail to include in their home maintenance checklist or even investment property inspection is the foundation inspection. Without a solid foundation, a myriad of structural issues can plague your home that could end up costing you cash to repair.

So, whether you are selling your home or settling into your fifteenth year as a homeowner, it’s important to have your home’s foundation inspected.

Foundation problems take many forms. Some are subtle: a homeowner may assume that his or her windows and doors are sticking because of hardware problems. On the other hand, some are pretty obvious: you may notice huge gaps in the foundation, floors and/or walls.

Common telltale Signs of Foundation Problems

1.    Cabinets and counters tilting and pulling away from the wall.

Have you noticed that your kitchen counters and cabinets are separating from the wall? In the beginning, the gap may even be unnoticeable. However, with time, the gap may measure as much as half an inch.

At this point, the underlying problem may be serious. Walls become uneven as a result of foundation shifting or movement.

2.    Floors appearing to be out of level.

Have you noticed that your floors appear to be out of level? Or, do they appear dipping, sagging or bowing? If so, it’s a sign of a foundation problem.

When foundation problems affect concrete slabs, floors have a tendency to become uneven. Where pier and beam foundations are concerned, floors may appear saggy.

Because pier and beam foundations aren’t directly positioned on the ground and concrete slabs are, they are impacted differently. Though both will certainly have flooring problems, the damage signs may look different.

Besides being unsightly, floors that are out of level pose a safety risk, especially for the elderly and children.

Left unaddressed, the floors may become out of level by up to two inches.

3.    Doors sticking or failing to open or close properly.

When doors begin to stick, many homeowners think the hardware components are the bane of the problem. In some cases, this might be true. However, in the vast majority of the time, the problem is the foundation.

When interior doors are impacted, they have a tendency to drag or stick at the top. With exterior doors, they are more likely to hang down at the top or drag at the threshold.

Sometimes doors may fail to function properly because of high levels of precipitation. This oftentimes is the case following a heavy downpour. Usually, the problem will go away several days once the rains have stopped.

However, if the problem persists, have your foundation checked. You may also notice cracks and fractures in and around your home.

4.    Small bumps appearing on your home’s floor.

This problem is also referred to as foundation upheaval. It’s often common in areas with expansive clay soils like Texas. In wet conditions, the expansive clay soil swells. The swelling, over time, puts a considerable amount of pressure on your foundation, which may cause it to fail.

In many cases, heaving generally affects the perimeter area of a concrete slab foundation.

5.    Your structure appearing to sink into the ground.

This is the opposite of foundation upheaval. It’s also called foundation settlement. Whereas foundation upheaval pushes up, foundation settlement sinks the structure.

As time passes, you may begin to notice one side of your house is lower than the other. This is because settlement occurs unevenly.

Initially, the dip may be subtle, say, half an inch. However, over time, your house may dip into the earth by up to four inches. At this point, it’s likely that your home will become uninhabitable.

The longer you ignore the problem, the worse the trouble will become. In the vast majority of the time, gaps resulting from foundation settlement are vertical. So, when inspecting your foundation, keep this in mind.

6.    Cracks appearing on your foundation, floors and/or walls.

Have you noticed cracks and other types of fractures in your foundation, floors and/or walls? If so, it’s a sign of trouble. Cracks often appear when the foundation has moved.

Moderate cracks usually measure circa 0.2”. Anything above that is a serious sign of a foundation problem.

Foundation problems can lead to major structural damage within your home. That’s why prevention is better than cure. If you notice any of these signs, call a foundation repair expert immediately. Postponing the problem will only make it worse.

 

To learn more about Century 21 and finding a home with them contact them on their website https://www.century21propmgt.com/

BASEco Customer Service

Award

Dealer of the Year Award

“Take Care of It”

At Base co we pride our-self  in customer service. With up to a 30 year warranty we make sure each customer and their investments are taken care of. If you are unsure what warranty comes with your scope of work feel free to ask your Specialist or call our office.

BASEco was honored with the Dealer of the Year Award. The main goal at  BASEco is to make sure people are completely taken care of.  No job is too big or too small for us. We want to make sure each and every customer is completely taken care of. We strive to provide peace of mind with solutions that work and last.  Also there is no minimum charge as we know that even the smallest of issues are important.  In addition we have small perks such as extended down spouts, installing pop-up emitters, window-well drains and other add on solutions. These additional solutions help prevent the issue from spreading or returning in the future. Your Foundation Specialist will let you know if any of these bonuses will be helpful in your situation.

How can a customer contact us about service?

If you are looking to become a customer with BASEco you can start by calling our main office to get set up. After talking with our office, each customer is provided with a highly trained Foundation Specialist. Each Specialist will make sure you are taken care of from start to finish. You can reach out to your Foundation Specialist for any questions, comments or concerns you might have. They will guide you along the process. In addition to your Foundation Specialist you can reach out to our office, if you have any questions, concerns or comments, at 801-200-3280.

In Conclusion, we want to make sure all of our customers are satisfied from start to finish. If you are looking to work with us, if you are working with us or if you have completed your work with us we are hear to hear your comments, concerns and answer any questions you  might have.

How to Dig Safely

April Is National Dig Safe Month

What happens when you need a job that requires BASEco to dig?

In Utah we have a service called Blue Stakes. Here at BASEco we work with Blue Stakes to make sure when we need to dig to  install our solutions that your underground services are being protected. Two business days before your appointment date we request a Blue Stake ticket. If they see there are any utilities that need markings they will come out and mark them so our technicians can dig safely.

Excavator Dig Excavating Around Sprinkler LinesDig by Hand

What do the markings mean? 

RED – Electric Power Lines, Cables, Conduit and Lighting Cables
YELLOW – Gas, Oil, Steam, Petroleum or Gaseous Materials
ORANGE – Communication, Alarm or Signal Lines, Cables or Conduit
BLUE – Potable Water
PURPLE – Reclaimed Water, Irrigation and Slurry Lines
GREEN – Sewers and Drain Lines
WHITE – Proposed Excavation
PINK – Temporary Survey Markings

What about Private Utility Lines? 

Utah law requires utility owners to mark only the lines that they own and maintain. This usually means up to the meter. Underground lines that extend beyond the meter or that are not connected to a meter are typically not installed or owned by a utility company and therefore may not be marked. These include water and sewer laterals, power to a detached garage or lamppost, sprinkler / irrigation systems, lines connected to a propane tank or septic system, etc.

If you know of any private lines it is best to let us know before hand. Speak with your Foundation Specialist about the best plan to prevent these lines from being damaged. 

Some of these solutions are digging by hand, or contacting a third party company that can mark private lines. To find a third party company click here.

BASEco will always do a manual dig by hand when necessary to avoid damage to any utility lines.

 

If you have any further questions you can give us a call 801-200-3280

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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