Basement repair is not a job to take lightly as it involves numerous factors. If you are looking for waterproofing your basement, you need to know how to go about it safely and efficiently. Basement repair is often required after a flood has damaged the basement walls, floor, ceiling, insulation, or other foundations making it unfit for structural support. In this article, we will be looking at some of the most basic things that one should know about basement waterproofing.
Basement waterproofing includes materials and techniques used in order to prevent water from seeping into a basement or a building through small cracks or crevices. Most homeowners, however, do not understand the importance of waterproofing their basements. Waterproofing a basement may require the use of basement waterproofing materials, the laying of basement drain tiles, the installation of sump pumps and sewage pumps, and many more. These are expensive measures and there is no guarantee that your waterproofing efforts will be successful.
Small cracks may not pose a problem when it comes to basement waterproofing but large cracks or breaches may pose a considerable risk to your health and the safety of your family. Any large open space around your foundation could be a possible site for flooding. Basement water can enter your home through small cracks in the basement walls or floors or any space via the opening where the walls and/or floors meet the foundation. A good practice would be to check the inside of all basement windows and doors on a regular basis and be alert to signs of any leaks. Leaks in these places are a very common occurrence and can lead to further damage if not repaired immediately.
One of the most important components in basement repairs is to check for dampness. Dampness is not a normal part of the aging process. The majority of basements have dampness in the air from natural rainfall or steam from natural sewer lines. The moisture can come from one or more of the following reasons: structural construction of the home (building codes differ from area to area), local differences in heating and cooling rates, or deficiencies in the drainage systems of the home.
Dampness is often visible as steam or water accumulation around basement walls and floor joists. The walls get wet because of the permeability of the concrete (construction methods can vary), or because of evaporation of surrounding soil. Some basements get worse with time due to the local variations in soil temperature. This can be due to factors such as slopes, soil slope, or any other variations in soil elevations. Sometimes the movement of vehicles causes cracks too.
When regional differences in climate alter soil elevations in a given area, basements can become susceptible to water accumulation. Basements can also get affected by external ground movements – especially in areas where there is shifting of land over the underlying soil due to changing climates. Finally, some homes are located in areas that experience historic historical changes that can result in different types of soil elevations, basement problems, and the like.
In order to avoid basement problems, homeowners should consider waterproofing their homes. There are many options available for basement waterproofing, including a variety of special materials. In addition, many basement waterproofing products are made from recycled materials such as bottles, cans, or newspapers. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not know how to properly waterproof their own homes. Basement experts can help homeowners make the right choices for waterproofing their basements.
Foundation crack repair and other basement repairs can be complicated and expensive if we don’t have proper guidance. Many of us will attempt to tackle the problem on our own. Unfortunately, many of these “do-it-yourself” projects can become costly mistakes. Basement professionals are knowledgeable about the problems associated with improper waterproofing, and they can make foundation repair and cracked concrete repairs a much easier process. After all, water is the number one enemy of our home foundations!