Basement Systems of West Virginia Case Studies: Waterproofing Basement of Classroom Building at Marshall University in Huntington, WV

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Randy Shillingburg

Challenge

Marshall University faced a serious water and moisture problem in Jenkins Hall, a classroom building constructed in 1937. Moisture and water often infiltrated through the walls of the building. Standing water became the norm after strong rains, and water at times of flooding in the area would be a foot (or more) deep in some areas of the basement. With the 2014 summer break providing a short window for repairs, Marshall University searched for an affordable and permanent solution that could be done in a matter of a couple of weeks not several months. Marshall University turned to Basement Systems of West Virginia.

Solution

Basement Systems of West Virginia installed CleanSpace vapor barrier on the interior of basement walls, preventing water and moisture from entering the classrooms. The company also installed a WaterGuard drainage system in the floor adjacent to the exterior walls of the basement, allowing water and moisture from the floor and walls to be drained away. Basement Systems of West Virginia installed seven TripleSafe sump pump systems and one submersible pump, all with battery back-ups, to collect and pump the water out of the building. IceGuards were installed to prevent water from freezing as it is being pumped out of the building.

In just two weeks and three days of work, Basement Systems of West Virginia installed a waterproofing solution for a large classroom building at a major university.

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