Let’s just face it… basement hatchways leak. And when they leak, water settles in the door frame and eventually find its way into your basement. Many basements have precast steps that are bolted to the existing foundation. This creates what’s called a cold joint. What’s a cold joint? It’s when two pieces of concrete are poured at different times and then joined together. And ya know what? Cold joints leak, causing water in your basement. While most of the older homes in Massachusetts don’t have precast steps, they still have basement hatchways. After years of stress from the hatchway on the foundation, the hatchway seams tend to crack and pull apart, causing… you guessed it! A leaky basement in your beautiful Massachusetts home!

How do you find out if your hatchway is leaking water into your basement? Do a simple test. During daylight hours, take a walk down into your basement but DO NOT turn on the lights. Look at your hatchway doors. Do you see light coming in from outside even when the doors are closed? If so, then your doors are not 100% water-tight. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Over the last 35 years, most of the doors I’ve seen in Massachusetts basements are not water-tight. It’s just the way things have always been with basement hatchways.

But not any more! The good news for you, dear Massachusetts homeowner, is that we can fix your leaky basement hatchway doors with something called a mason drain. A mason drain is essentially a long floor drain that’s installed at the base of the hatchway stairs. It prevents water from entering your basement.

But! If you don’t want a drain installed in the floor, that’s not a problem. We can inject the seams and the cracks with a special polyurethane resin to seal out any water. We can seal the base of the hatchway doors and we can install new basement hatchway doors if necessary.

And we’ve got even more good news for you… most basement leaks can be repaired in less than a day.