April 9, 2012

Basement Waterproofing Virginia

It's a common sight this time of year: water in your basement. Another spring storm blows through Virginia and you end up with a basement waterproofing problem. 

What causes basement water problems? Well, it could be a variety of things: 

Clogged Footing Drain: If your home has a footing drain, it's located just outside of the footing of your basement foundation. These drains can easily clog and create a hydrostatic pressure or waterproofing problem.

Hydrostatic Pressure: From severe weather and a clogged footing drain to watering your landscaping or poor drainage; that extra water has to go somewhere. It soaks up next to your foundation and collects, pushing against your basement walls. 

This is also called hydrostatic pressure. Over time the water will force its way into your basement through joints and even create wall or floor cracks.

Settlement: It happens, soil settles. And if the soil your home is sitting on settles then you could end up with basement floor or wall cracks which will let water in. 

Aside from water in your basement, there are several other problem signs that could let you know you may end up with a waterproofing problem:

  • Concrete cracks in the floor
  • Cracks in the concrete or block basement wall 
  • Damp or wet drywall if your basement is finished
  • Efflorescence - white, chalky powder on the walls or floor
  • Damp or wet carpet if you have a finished basement
  • Condensation on pipes or exposed beams
  • Leaking window
  • Musty basement smell

What do you do if you're in Virginia and have a basement waterproofing issue? That's easy enough! Call us at 866-370-4816. 

But if you're not ready to give us a call, here are a few steps you can take to clean your flooded basement
  • Open up the windows to let out any toxic fumes. 
  • Carefully remove the water. Take care to remove the water at a steady, slow pace otherwise you could end up with a structural problem.
  • Throw out debris and any damaged items.
  • Bleach everything! This will help prevent mold from growing and creating additional problems.
  • Dry out the space with blowers or a dehumidifier. 

It's important to remember that not all waterproofing problems are an easy fix. Putting a filler over basement wall cracks without addressing the cause, can end up creating more than a waterproofing problem. And investing in a DIY waterproofing system could end up creating structural damage. 

So before you fix your waterproofing problem make sure to do some research. 

Additional Resources: 
How Much Does Basement Waterproofing Cost?
Why Should I Waterproof My Basement? 
How to Repair Basement Leaks

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