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Basement Waterproofing Systems

clock March 2, 2011 19:12 by author blogadmin
Avoid foundation repair and increase the value of your home by installing a basement waterproofing system, such as an exterior/interior waterproofing system.

 

 

There are few home projects that could be more important and potentially costly for your home than installing a basement waterproofing system. Basement remodeling projects are expensive for a reason: water damage can lead to some very steep repair costs and can significantly lower the value of your home and potentially causing health issues for your family.

 

Although homeowners from all areas of the country need to be concerned with proper foundation drainage, it is especially important in the Springtime, when heavy rainfall puts more stress on basement walls.   Cracks, dampness and mold on and in basement walls is primarily due to a phenomenon called hydrostatic pressure, which increases as the surrounding ground becomes saturated with rainwater. Saturated soil is much heavier than dry soil, which causes undesigned pressures on basement walls.

A good basement waterproofing system will allow excess water to be channeled away from your home's foundation, thus reducing the amount of hydrostatic pressure on your walls.  This is done using perforated footing drains, which run around the perimeter of the home and deposit excess water in a sump pit or daylighted away from the foundation.Many types of basement waterproofing systems can be installed in or around your home, and they are generally differentiated by internal and external functions.  Internal basement waterproofing systems can fix visible problems such as moist walls or mold, but they are much less effective at eliminating hydrostatic pressure than external waterproofing systems. 

While exterior systems can be more invasive, they are the one true form of waterproofing.When considering a basement waterproofing system, make sure that you get an estimate on a complete solutions, opposed to a Bandaid.  While internal basement waterproofing can be effective for many basement water problems, you should also consider proper maintenance for your footing drains and external drainage system as well.  While it may cost more to excavate and replace footing drains, it adds significant equity to the value of your home, and may stave off a potentially expensive flood or foundation repairs.

 



The Best Basement Waterproofing Products

clock August 29, 2010 19:24 by author blogadmin
Keeping your basement dry boils down to understanding where the water is coming from and installing an effective waterproofing system such as a sump pump.

 

Due to significant advances over the past few years, basement waterproofing products have become much more effective and affordable than ever before. From high capacity sump pumps, efficient sump pits, polyurethane crack injection foams and carbon fiber basement wall bracing have turned basement waterproofing into a profession. With the right knowledge you can transform your basement into an extension of your homes living space.

 One of the most common mistakes when attempting any basement waterproofing is treating the symptoms instead of focusing on the disease. Stop putting band aids on the visual things and start looking at the big picture. Where is the water coming from? This is the question that you must keep in mind throughout your inspection and investigation. All of the waterproofing paint in the world will not help if you have a plumbing leak or a natural spring under your basement.  

The cracks and dampness on basement walls are almost always caused by a process called hydrostatic pressure, which is caused by over saturated soil applying pressure against the foundation. Covering up the effects of this process on the inside with cheap basement waterproofing products may hide the aesthetic problems, but your walls will continue to move and eventually collapse. Interior basement waterproofing products are always best used in conjunction with an exterior drainage system. Having your exterior drain tiles checked to ensure they are clear and functional is the first step in getting a clean bill of health for your basement. If any blockages or breaks are found, it's important to have the drains repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.

While basement waterproofing products are more effective than ever, the manner in which you apply those products will be the ultimate factor in how safe and dry your basement stays. Above all, don't move ahead with your basement waterproofing project without first talking to a competent professional who you can completely trust. Asking questions and researching the best options will save you plenty of time, money and equity in your home.



Creating a warm and comfortable space for your family in your basement

clock August 22, 2010 18:51 by author blogadmin
Eliminate moisture in your basement by installing an effective waterproofing system. This will keep your basement walls dry and prevent foundation repairs.

 

"About 38 percent of homes have mold and fungus growth due to elevated moisture." (The American Society of Home Inspectors).

Basements and concrete slabs are the largest sources of moisture in your home: The pores in concrete do not only let in moisture, but they actively draw it inside by capillary action. The average basement lets in 18 gallons of moisture each day, several times more than your bathrooms and kitchen combined!

Molds and dust mites aggravate or cause allergies and asthma, particularly, in children. The incidence of allergies and asthma has doubled in the last decade, which has been linked to the increase in air-borne molds in modern energy-efficient homes.

Your basement is not the healthiest room in the house so you need to be careful and actually do something about it when you start your new basement remodeling project.The only effective way to control biological air contaminants like molds, fungi, dust mites, and bacteria is to control the cause. Your goal: eliminate the sources of moisture and reduce humidity in your basement!

Why is waterproofing important?

A wet cellar can dramatically reduce the value of your home. Studies show that most people won't even consider buying a home that has water leaks. Selling a home with water leaks can easily result in as much as a 25% reduction in the sale price if it sales at all.

Even if you rarely have problems with dampness or flooding, it's best to solve the problem completely before doing any remodeling work. Permanent solutions can take time to implement. A good place to start is to talk to a waterproofing expert.

Proper insulation is critical to creating a comfortable, dry basement. Besides keeping out the cold, basement insulation prevents condensation. The ground stays cool year round. It in turn keeps basement walls cool. When the warmer air in the room comes in contact with all those cool walls, it has to give up some of its moisture in the form of condensation. In fact, condensation is the primary source of the moisture that causes mold and mildew problems in basements. Effective insulation separates the warm air of the room from the cool walls, thereby preventing the moisture problems that stem from condensation.

Warning signs that you have waterproofing problems in your basement

·      Mold and Mildew: Fungus that grows in damp and dark areas, and cause discoloration, or musty odors.

·      Moldy Odors: This is the result of the decay process from mold, and dry rot.

·      Peeling Paint: Peeling paint is a sign that you have moisture problems and waterproofing issues. 

·      Damp Spots on Walls: Water has absorbed through your walls. 

·      White Substance on Basement Walls: This is a chemical breakdown of the bonding agent that holds your walls together. This white substance is a sign of possible structural deterioration. 

·      Cracked Walls: Should be inspected to determine the exact cause. 

·      Rust on Appliances: Like furnaces. Rust is caused by a wet environment and is the sign of waterproofing issues. 

·      Dry Rot: Black fungus grows mostly on walls or wooden surfaces, causing wood to decay.

 



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