All About All Things Basementy

Basements are a great addition to a home. Whether used for extra storage space or finished for additional living space, a basement can add a great deal to your home. However you use a basement, proper maintenance (especially in winter and heavy rains) is a critical step, not only to the structural integrity of the basement but to your home itself.

After a Heavy Snow Comes Heavy Water Flow

Many homeowners in Northwest North Carolina recently experienced anywhere from 3”-12” of snow and ice in early January, followed by a quick rise in temperatures (all the way to the mid-50s and 60s the following week – got to love North Carolina weather)! All that snow melts, turning into inches of water. That water will soak into the ground next to your home’s foundation and make its way into your basement or crawl space.

If your home has an exterior French drain system, it is likely clogged and/or the excessive water from the melt may cause the water table to rise well above the pipe at the base of your foundation wall. Many homes have a block foundation wall, which is extremely porous and will allow water to push through and into a basement or crawl space. If your home has had moisture issues in the basement or crawl space in the past, the recent melt has likely affected your home. Even those homes that have not had a water issue before may see some moisture intrusion after the “big melt.”

How to prepare for the “big melt.”

The best way to prepare your home for the excess of water (and any future snows this winter) is to have a certified waterproofing specialist out to your home. History has proven that exterior waterproofing fails over time, and usually at the most inconvenient of times. The best solution is to give the water a passageway to exit the basement or crawl space. An interior perimeter drainage system leading to a commercial-grade sump pump is the best permanent solution to keep a basement or crawl space dry all the time.

Tar Heel Basement Systems can help, and moreover, the waterproofing experts will make sure the discharge line for the sump pump extends at least 15 feet from your foundation wall. We certainly don’t want our customers to have the water that is exiting their home build back up against the foundation wall!

Many homes tend to lose power during some of the heavier storms, which is why it is important to have a sump pump with a battery backup. This will allow the sump pump to continue to evacuate water from the basement or crawl space even if the home has lost power temporarily.

Tar Heel Basement Systems is your one-stop solution to keeping your basement or crawl space nice and dry. Refer to our ad on page 129, call us at 866.963.7922 or visit


10 Things To Look For When Shopping for a Basement Water Proofer:

  1. Do they specialize in basement waterproofing?
  2. Will the system destroy the landscaping or leave an ugly gap around the inside of the home?
  3. Do they provide cast-iron basement sump pumps with a reliable battery back-up system?
  4. Check their references with the Better Business Bureau. Are they keeping their customers happy?
  5. Can the company provide references of satisfied basement waterproofing customers?
  6. How long will installation take?
  7. How much more marketable and valuable will they make the home after it’s waterproofed?
  8. Will a fully transferable, written warranty be provided with the system?
  9. The Small Business Administration reports that 50% of contractors fail within the first year and 96% within the first five years. Will they still be in business when the customer needs them?
  10. How good can this company make you look if you refer your customers to them?