By Brenda. Basement. Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 12:25:24 PM.
There are several ways to waterproof your basement, including French drains, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and sealants. Any or all of these basement waterproofing techniques will help keep your basement dry, your homes living space safe, and increase your homes comfort and overall monetary value. How Water Enters a Basement Water typically enters a home or basement in one (or more) of three ways: via air movement, heat transfer, or diffusion. Of these, air movement is by far the most common method of water vapor movement in a basement. Because air moves from high- to low-pressure areas (by any means necessary), it can transfer moisture through any open holes, cracks, or unsealed spaces in a basements walls or floors. Water can even pass through small cracks in concrete, wood, or masonry blocks via capillary action. These small cracks are able to absorb water in any direction, causing serious damage to a homes basement.
Basement waterproofing specialists have a lot of tools at their disposal for getting water out of your basement. Interior drainage systems, sump pumps, industrial-strength dehumidifiers, and other even more advanced techniques can dry out a flooded basement in no time. Of course, there is an even better way to deal with a wet basement: prevent it. With a proper basement sealing before you get water in basementsyndrome, you can prevent all of the damage that accompanies basement flooding. You can skip out on the costs of mold removal, basement wall repair or even a complete basement remodeling. A little bit of foresight can save you a boatload of money.
A wet, damp, or humid basement is considered unsafe, regardless of whether you use the space on a day-to-day basis. Thats because mold and mildew growth can start in the basement and make its way up to the more lived-in areas of a home. Its important to keep your basement dry at all times and stop a potential problem before it can begin. How to Keep Your Basement Dry The best way to keep your basement dry is to find a trustworthy and knowledgeable basement waterproofing specialist serving your area. He or she can help identify immediate or potential problems, and recommend basement waterproofing solutions to protect your basement and family against potential flooding and/or possible mold- or mildew-related health issues. Your basement waterproofing specialist may recommend installing a basement sump pump (with a battery-powered backup pump), a perimeter drainage system, a French drain system, waterproof flooring, basement wall coverings, and/or an energy-efficient dehumidifier. There are many effective ways to keep your basement dry; its just a matter of taking the initiative to speak with a certified basement waterproofing specialist to find out which options are best for your home, climate, and budget.
A damp, wet and leaky basement can be a big problem for homeowners. When water enters a basement, over time, it can and will affect the whole house. Water can cause mild to severe damage to a foundation, and create other problems with mildew and harmful molds-- especially for adults and children with breathing problems including asthma. By preventing leaks and moisture problems youre beginning to understand the reasons why basements leak! Water Damages All Types of Basements Basements can be used for many different things; storage, additional living space, work space and play area for small children. In some homes, basements are used only as a place of storage. In other homes, basements are used as fully furnished living spaces, no different from any other living space in the home. Nonetheless, water is a hassle if water enters your basements-- regardless how youve chosen to use your basement.
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