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1510, 2016

3 Common Questions and Answers About Keeping Your Basement Water Proof

October 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

When it comes to keeping your home safe and sound, few things are more important than your basement. That might sound surprising, especially if you have an unfinished basement that you only use for storage and to house your water heater. When it comes right down to it, however, your basement helps keep the foundation of your home strong.

Without a sturdy foundation that can withstand the elements and the other effects that time tends to wreak upon things, your home can become susceptible to a wide variety of damage. One of the most harmful elements that can affect your basement is water. Luckily, there are a few different ways that you can help avoid this.

Basement waterproofing is one of the most important things you can do to help keep your basement, and your home, safe and strong.

Why Basement Waterproofing?

Water damage is one of the most common issues that homeowners deal with. It does not always have to do with flooding, either. Many people assuming that as long as your basement has not flooded, then you are safe from water damage. In reality, moisture could be coming from a number of different sources. Even if it is not flooding, for example, a poorly waterproofed basement could be retaining moisture from rainfall or even the ground itself. Wherever the water is coming from, it is important to note that not taking action quickly enough can cause serious damage to your basement. The longer you wait to fix the issue, the more serious the issues and the more expensive the remedy. How safe is your basement from water damage?

How do I know if my basement needs waterproofing?

The most obvious sign that your basement needs help is with the presence of moisture. This doesn’t have to mean a flooded floor that is ruining your possessions. It doesn’t even have to mean that your basement is filled with even a little bit of water uniformly dispersed across the floor. Look at your walls and in the corners. Do you see any dark spots? Even if they aren’t currently wet, areas on the walls or floors that look like they have seen a lot of water activity could be indications that your basement has a water problem. You could also take a look for cracks or even unevenness in the floor. While not all basements are perfectly level, it should be noted that a basement that is extremely uneven could be the result of water damage underneath the floor.

What do I do if I think my basement needs to be waterproofed?

If you think that your basement needs waterproofing, then you need to contact an experienced professional as soon as possible. Hire someone to take a look at the basement and determine whether or not you need basement waterproofing.

Remember that this is your home – it’s no time to go with the lowest price if the service offered is subpar. Make sure that you hire someone who understands how […]

109, 2016

The Basics of Exterior Foundation Waterproofing

September 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Sometimes you might walk into your basement and find it rather soggy. Aside from feeling unpleasant, this can be an indication that there are issues with your foundation that need to be addressed.

No one wants to have their home constantly taking on water, after all, and ignoring the problem will only lead to bigger issues as the water begins to seriously damage your foundation and your home. In order to keep your home dry and your financial investment secure, it is a good idea to ensure that your foundation is a secure and watertight as possible.

Before we move on, I think it is important note that there are quite a few people who do not see the importance of securing their foundation. I can understand this view. After all, it is not like the foundation is something that you can easily see every day.

And unless the basement is finished and turned into livable space, it is unlikely that you will spend enough time down there to truly notice the water anyway – might as well save the money and just let it go, right?

Wrong!

This is a terrible idea, and can result in a whole host of costly issues. Do not wait for this to simply go away on its own. You must take steps to secure your home, and you must do so as quickly as possible to prevent lasting damage to your foundation.

How do I protect my foundation?

When you discover that your foundation is leaking, it is helpful to first determine from where the water is coming. Is water seeping in from outside of the home, or is it somehow forming on the inside walls of the foundation without coming in from the exterior? Most of the time, the answer is that the water is coming in from the outside – and no one likes to hear that response because it sounds scary and expensive.

The truth is that while, yes, it could potentially be costly to fix, you shouldn’t have to continuously make big adjustments to your foundation. Ideally, you invest in a solution once, and then are able to move on with your life free from wet basements!

Once you’ve determined that the water is coming from the exterior of the home, it is time to consider exterior foundation waterproofing. To be truthful, this is the best way to keep your basement dry and your foundation in good shape.

Waterproofing the interior is a good idea, but if you don’t fix the cause of the leak in the first place (that is, the issue on the exterior of the house that is allowing water in), then you will simply find yourself in trouble once again when the interior waterproofing techniques are worn down.

Exterior foundation waterproofing is the best way to protect your foundation and keep your home dry. Contact a professional today to discuss your options and set up time for a consultation.

1508, 2016

Dealing with a Leaky Basement Problem

August 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

A wet basement is one of the most irritating problems one can ever encounter. It not only inconveniences the home owner, but can damage furniture and items stored in the basement that are not waterproof. Further, there is the problem of the structural integrity of the house being compromised, as well as the possibility of health problems for the inhabitants of the home. This makes leaky basement waterproofing an absolute must when the subtlest signs of leakage are discovered.

Houses are different though, and what works for one person might not necessarily work for the next, even if they are neighbors. The solution chosen should generally be fit for the specific parameters of the problem. Leaky basement waterproofing will only work long term if the homeowner avoids temporary stop gap solutions and deals with the root cause of the problem.

Internal and external solutions

There are generally two types of approaches one can take to solve the wet basement issue; exterior and interior. The interior leaky basement solutions are designed to make sure the water does not enter the room. Internal solutions are helpful and certainly a huge part of the leaky basement waterproofing process, but in most cases they are inadequate in the long run.

Focusing only on the interior waterproofing techniques is like treating symptoms but not the disease. A satisfactory waterproofing exercise for most experts involves the excavation of the exterior all the way down to the foundation and installing appropriate drainage systems. The walls are then treated such that there is no seepage. Internal solutions are helpful but they do not keep water out of the walls.

Comprehensive waterproofing should involve both internal and external solutions.

The Experts

Knowing all this, the next best thing should be hiring experts for the job. The internet is a helpful resource here, but very often there is no way of knowing who will provide true quality without prior experience. There is need for some due diligence when searching for the right experts.

If new in an area, ask around from neighbors and trusted friends where one can get the best basement waterproofing services. A helpful gauge of company quality of service could be how long they have been working in the area.

Any local company that has survived a few years will likely know the most common problems in the area, and most importantly will likely have provided enough quality to have a steady stream of customers over the years. Local companies or those with some local experience are the best bet for such a job.

1507, 2016

Clever & Creative Uses of the Basement Space

July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Many people end up postponing those renovations or wet basement repair jobs because they do not think much of the basement. Technically speaking, the basement occupies enough space to be converted into another room in the home, much more useful than the simple storage space most people are accustomed to – that is why taking care of this living space is important.

Here are some of the more creative uses for that underrated basement space. The ideas vary from one house to the next, and depend on the nature of the basement itself.

Annex

Perhaps the most use one can put their basement to is to have it as an annex. This is a self-contained living space which is ideal for that teenager or older members of the family. Converting the space to a living area definitely makes the house more attractive when looking to resell the home.

The extra plumbing, electricity and wet basement repair might cost more, but think about it as an investment, even when the basement is not too spacious. Families can go further with the annex idea and make the basement into a full family room.

Games Rooms

Those that like the idea of having a little unwinding space in the house can turn the basement into a games room. The games room is perhaps the most common use of the basement, and has been for some decades now. When doing this, keep the wall and ceiling tones light, and have the lighting as uniform as possible.

Avoid having the basement looking dingy with one corner poorly lit.

Media Rooms

This is ideal for those basements that have such low ceilings that it is almost impossible to use them for much else. If one cannot enter or walk around the room without crouching, then the room can make a good mini-cinema or media room. For this conversion, apart from the typical wet basement repair and waterproofing, consider soundproofing the room, especially from above. Sound is likely to leak upstairs and be disruptive to the rest of the house.

Those who are into photography can also consider converting it into a dark room.

Utility Space

Apart from the normal storage, there are many other utility possibilities for the basement.

Think about it like this; any appliance installed in the basement frees up space in the kitchen. Install quality equipment, the same as would have been in other parts of the house and add plenty of lighting to make work easier and safer in the space. Contact Wet Basement Resolutions to ensure your basement is water-proofed when considering your renovation projects!