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Welcome to our site, the first step in drying up your basement or crawl space. Our service is based on the common sense approach of managing surface water around your home. No one has  more  skill or experience in finding and correcting common, overlooked, defects at a house’s exterior.


I have advised homeowners and Real Estate Professionals since the mid 1980s on fixing wet basement and crawl space defects. I wrote a book on it: 5 Steps to a Dry Basement or Crawl Space. I never recommend “aftermarket” waterproofing systems. In fact, I’ve advised against them for years, while recommending their removal in homes of clients.

These systems, installed on the inside of basements, neglect to address the source of the problem. Instead, they encourage water to come through the newly drilled holes they create in your walls, and the new trenches they cut into your basement floor. What can happen is erosion of earth beneath the foundation, proliferation of mold inside the home, and deterioration of foundation walls. These types of systems don’t even keep the basement dry, cost thousands of dollars, and create a mess and lots of stress. I’ve heard all of the stories when it comes to these types of waterproofing companies: scare tactics, phony warranties, lack of credentials. You cannot get objective  advice from a business trying to  sell you their product. Why do homeowners continue to purchase these products? Two reasons: they don’t no where else to turn; some people feel that if they throw a lot of money at a problem it’s sure to get fixed. Nothing is further from the truth.

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There are a hundred different kinds of gutter covers out there these days, and as many different companies knocking on doors selling them. It is not uncommon for me to go on a consultation and find that newly installed gutter covers are now causing basement seepage. Why? Because the water running off the roof does not always make it into the gutters. Instead, it runs over the new gutter covers, especially in valleys. So, homeowners that never had a problem with basement seepage all of a sudden have a problem. And those that already had problems still have them, often worse.

I have not seen a gutter cover that insures roof run off ends up entirely in the gutter, while at the same time eliminating gutter cleaning. While some covers do a great job keeping leaves out of gutters, typically, they don’t let rain go into gutters. The photo below is a gutter covered with 1/4″ hardware cloth. It is the only reliable way to screen a gutter. This screen is on my mother’s house that I installed over seven years ago with no problems of roof run off overshooting gutter, or, debris getting into gutter since—the exact result desired. She has a large amount of mature trees around her house. Unfortunately, these screens have to be cut and installed by hand. But, they work. No more gutter cleaning. This screen even works with maple seedlings, as the holes are too small for helicopters to get in, even though some may get stuck in holes pointing up, they will dissolve and not prevent roof run off from entering gutter. Keep in mind, leaves accumulate on roofs, especially in valleys, and there is no gutter screen or cover that will eliminate having to remove leaves and twigs from roofs at times. That is a completely separate maintenance issue from gutter cleaning.

Ron Gay


Mrs. J. had an “aftermarket” waterproofing system installed many years ago.  However, she continued to have water in her basement. When she called me to help her I found several problems, including: weed barriers close to the house, screens in the gutters at downspout connections, and poorly extended downspouts. As part of the waterproofing system there were plastic panels attached to the basement walls on two sides, about 2’ high, with one full height panel 4’ wide.  Mr. J. was told by the waterproofing crew that if he removed the plastic plugs at the basement floor and flushed out the underground drains periodically, the basement would stay dry. After a while even this did not work. I removed all the weed barriers near the house and the screens in the gutters. I removed all the waterproofing panels, plugged the holes left by them, and painted the walls. I extended all the downspouts properly. The basement has been bone dry now for six years.
“Aftermarket” Waterproofing System

Mrs. M. hired me to consult with her about their wet basement. I gave her a list of all the problems I found that were causing or contributing to the seepage. A main problem was a large area of sunken concrete outside the house between two outside walls that allowed rain to run back towards the basement walls. After spending some time fixing the things I pointed out to her, she called me back to inspect the work. However, she didn’t have the sunken concrete repaired. I told her she would have continued problems until the concrete was fixed. She ignored my advice, hired a “aftermarket” waterproofing company that provided a lifetime guarantee. When she told me what she had done I warned her about future problems.  She then had her basement remodeled with new carpeting, paneling and ceiling, and vinyl flooring in the laundry room. Not too many months after completing the basement she called to say she had water in her basement and her new floor was coming up. She had called the waterproofing company to ask about the warranty but they gave her all kinds of excuses as to why her warranty did not cover the problem. This was the area affected by the sunken concrete that she did not have corrected.
“Aftermarket” Waterproofing

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