Redeemers Group Case Studies: Spirit & Truth Outreach Ministry Basement Waterproofing Project
The team at Spirit & Truth Outreach Ministry originally reached out to us in 2015 because of some major water issues they were having in their basement. The building has a long drainage ditch that runs alongside of it. When it rains, the drainage ditch gets clogged, and it causes water to run down in to the building's basement which sits below ground. The pictures show the proximity of the drainage ditch to the building, as well as the easy path the water has to get down in to the basement. They consisteny battled water in the basement; many times having a foot or more of standing water at any given time. The church uses the basement area as a fellowship gathering area, and the water over time has not only prevented them from using the space, but it has compromised the safety of the space itself. They did not proceed with the repair at the time, but reached out to us again in 2016 to move forward. The problems continued to get worse. Unfortunately, water incursion issues, if left un-addressed will lead to a compromised structure. When left to its own devices, water will create significant structural problems. Some of the photos shown give some insight to what water, moisture, and humidty will do over time.
They can't do a whole lot about the drainage issue occuring of their property, but they sure can make sure that their basement space stays dry. The crew removed the concrete form the entire perimeter of the floor in the basement, making room for our WaterGuard system. Learn more about our waterproofing system here. The WaterGuard system, which included a sump, then had new concrete poured over the top (as pictured) to hide it from view. Because the system is installed under the floor (but sits above the footing), the church will be able to come back and re-do the actual flooring however they wish to. It is out of sight in the space.
Now, when water comes rushing to the building, the water has a means to travel through the WaterGuard system instead of into the basement area.
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Foreman: Jason Autry
Specialist: Michael Lurie
Crew: Sam Smith
The front side of the Spirit & Truth Outreach Ministry building in Memphis, T.N. that was experiencing a serious water incursion issue in the basement.
The side view of the Spirit & Truth Outreach Ministry building in Memphis, T.N. that was experiencing a serious water incursion issue in the basement.
Drainage ditch that runs alongside of the building. When it rains, debris clogs it causing water to run towards the building.
The stairs pictured show that when water runs to the building, it has a direct path to the basement.
The basement is used as a gathering and fellowship space for the church.
Over time, repeated standing water has ruined the painted flooring.
Mold growth can be seen on the walls.
Repeated water incursion in the basement has left water marks all over the interior walls, and mold has started to grow in numerous places as seen around this window.
Mold growth can be seen on the ceiling in the basement from on-going high moisture levels in the basement.
A crack can be seen in the flooring. Repeated water issues will ultimately cause structural problems.
Clear mold growth on the walls from the moisture levels that existed in the basement
Water markings can be seen on the walls of the basement from repeated standing water and repeated water coming in through the walls.
Jason clearing out some areas by hand
Sam hard at work clearing out the rubble left behind from jackhammering the trench around the perimeter.
Marcus working hard to get in to some hard to reach spots to make sure there is plenty of room for the WaterGuard system to be installed.
Crew members hard at work to clear the concrete around the perimeter to make room for the waterguard system.
Sump placed into the concrete that has been knocked out. When fully installed, water will run to the sump to be pumped out of the building.
Once the perimeter of concrete is jackhammered out, the waterguard system is installed. New concrete is poured over the top. Any water that finds it's way in to the basement going forward will run through the waterguard system to the sump keeping the interior dry.
The WaterGuard system runs the entire perimeter of the basement, including behind the door frame casing.