Without a reliable basement waterproofing system, your home is susceptible to water damage from a leaky basement. This can happen whether you have leaks from cracks in your basement walls or simply from moisture that accumulates underneath your basement floors. Unfortunately, this is a constant concern for many homeowners in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama, given the humid climate. Don’t let water in your basement threaten your home’s stability or value — invest in basement waterproofing from the experts at United Structural Systems and protect your home. Don’t have a basement? Water can wreak the same havoc on your home if it is allowed to penetrate your crawl space, so we offer the areas around Nashville basement waterproofing, drainage, and crawl space encapsulation services as well.

What Causes Water in Your Basement?

To understand the best waterproofing solution for your home, you should first understand the causes of basement moisture. Unfortunately, there are seemingly endless ways that water can find its way into a home, causing structural damage and headaches for homeowners. With that being said, each problem has a solution. USS offers Nashville basement waterproofing and drainage services to solve each of the following causes of water in basements:

  • Inadequate or improperly installed drainage systems
  • Poorly maintained gutter system
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Incorrect slope or grading
  • Foundation and basement wall cracks
  • Condensation
  • Foundation walls built below the water table
  • Ground water seeping up through floor cracks
  • Leaky window wells

Warning Signs of Moisture Problems:

Spotting basement water problems early can prevent damage from becoming worse and having to conduct in-depth wall repair. Here are a few warning signs that you might be dealing with moisture problems in your basement:

Basement Waterproofing Solutions

To keep water out of your home’s lower levels and protect it from more serious damage, you can turn to our Nashville basement waterproofing or crawl space encapsulation experts. Our team of experienced professionals at United Structural Systems offers exceptional basement waterproofing and crawl space encapsulation services.

United Structural Systems has been waterproofing Nashville basements since 1994. All of our basement waterproofing technicians uphold our company values of honesty and integrity, so they’ll never try to sell you a product or service you don’t need.

How Basement Waterproofing Is Done

Basements can be waterproofed with either an interior or exterior drain system. An interior drain system collects water that gets into your basement and removes it. An exterior drain system keeps your basement dry by directing groundwater away from your home.


When your basement gets wet around the perimeter and in the cove joint, it is usually caused by hydrostatic pressure. Interior drain systems are an excellent way of keeping that water from sitting in your basement where it can lead to mold and structural damages. Interior drainage works by collecting the water and diverting it to your sump pump. Many homeowners with unfinished basements will prefer our Nashville basement drainage services.


Another way of tackling water infiltration caused by excessive hydrostatic pressure is to redirect it from the outside of your basement. If you have a finished basement or plans to finish your basement in the future, this can be a great option. Exterior basement waterproofing includes making sure the water is diverted away from your home’s foundation and can also utilize waterproof liners.

Which basement waterproofing method is best for your situation will ultimately depend on the size and type of basement you have, as well as the layout of your property. We’ll work with you to find the best and most cost-effective method.

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Crawl Space Encapsulation

If your home doesn’t have a true basement, it will have a crawl space — a small basement with a dirt floor that is open to the elements. Hot and humid, a crawl space can cause energy inefficiency and breed mold and rot.

Crawl space encapsulation is a cost-effective technique that seals off your crawl space and turns it into a dry, controlled environment, eliminating the conditions that allow mold and rot to thrive and making for a healthier, more energy-efficient home.

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