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Basement Waterproofing

What are the common symptoms

Are you tired of cleaning up a flood in your basement every time it rains? Are you sick of the musty, damp smell in the basement?

A permanent solution to the problem must stop all five ways water can enter your basement or crawl space and it must do it forever. Nothing can get in the way, restrict, or clog the water. Saturated soil conditions will often lead to leaks at the following locations where the foundation wall meets the floor, through cracks in the foundation wall & floor, over the top of the foundation & window sills.

Warning Signs Of A Basement Water Problem:

  • Musty Odor In Basement
  • Mold Or Mildew
  • Respiratory Or Allergy Problems
  • Cracked Walls Or Floors
  • White Powder On Walls
  • Bug Infestation
  • Any Signs Of Water Seepage
  • Dampness
  • Bowing Or Buckling Walls
  • Peeling Paint
  • Paneling Dry Rot

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Wet basement issues

What are my options

A common problem that is seen in basement waterproofing is figuring out when to start waterproofing throughout the year. Most people start their basement waterproofing process during the winter because the ground is frozen, and water is not currently coming through the walls or cracks within your basement. Value Dry says this is wrong! The best decision is having one of our highly trained foundation inspectors figure out which waterproofing basement method would best suit your situation as soon as you notice the signs.

6 Common Types Of Basement Waterproofing Are:

  1. Concrete Waterproofing Coatings
  2. Silicate-Based Concrete Sealers
  3. Waterproofing Paint
  4. Plastic Sheets And Panels
  5. Exterior Bituminous Coatings
  6. Interior Sub Slab Drainage

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Water coming through into your basement could be the result from an exterior basement issue and exterior waterproofing could be needed. Exterior waterproofing would require excavating around your house to uncover the foundation walls. When that is uncovered, installing a waterproof coating or membrane topped by drainage panels will stop your basement from flooding.

A simple technique that can work as effective basement waterproofing; would be installing a sump pump in some cases or a Sub Floor Pressure relief system. To insure the safety of your health and your family, give Value Dry a call for a free estimate or contact us here.

Basement Mold Growth

Many people associate mold in basements with flooding in their homes. Although flooding, leaky pipes, leaky roofs and clogged gutters are certainly contributors to mold growth, many times the main culprit is excessive basement humidity. Regardless the air temperature, there will always be cold concrete floors and wall materials that take on the ground temperature of the soil around your home. A damp basement in your home can provide an inviting environment for mold growth. Mold grows the fastest in your basement when there is lots of moisture. It can grow on many surfaces, including walls, floors, carpets, ceiling tile, wallpaper and insulation.

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• Have you ever opened the basement door and noticed the musty smell of your basement even though it looks completely clean?
• No matter how much you vacuum floors and clean surfaces, do you find that the odor is still there?

The most common place for mold growth is beneath carpet, behind drywall and behind insulation. Basement mold grows directly on the concrete floor, cinder block, brick or concrete walls and beneath pipe insulation.

Molds are microscopic organisms that are a type of fungi. There are over 100,00 species of mold and mold spores are so minute that as many as 250,000 can fit onto the head of a pin! Besides negatively affecting your health, molds can damage your home. They can eat through basement insulation, wood framing, carpeting and other organic matter. When molds eat this organic matter they emit volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that contribute to poor air quality.

HOW TO DETECT MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR BASEMENT

You can usually detect mold in your basement by smell or sight. Spots on walls, floors and carpets are indications of mold infestation. Molds produce a highly noticeable damp, musty odor that in extreme cases can be overpowering. Peeling paint and stained wallpaper are other indicators of mold growth. Many homeowners make the mistake of painting over mold. Out of site out of mind doesn’t apply here. Painting over mold is a poor mold remediation solution because mold will feed on the paint itself. Value Dry will restore your indoor environment to a healthy condition with basement waterproofing that eliminates the sources of moisture. Then, mold spores will be removed or neutralized through a combination of HEPA vacuums, air scrubbers, fungicides and containment techniques. Our processes are completely safe, and represent the state-of-the-art in mold remediation processes. If you do have mold in your basement don’t feel alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60% of U.S. homes have wet basements. Even well built and sealed basements that would not have mold under normal circumstances can develop mold growth from high humidity.

Basement Flooding Clean-up Tricks & Tips

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Heavy rains or a malfunctioning sump pump can lead to basement flooding and a huge mess to clean up. Picture it: you walk down the stairs expecting to flip on the light and go about your business but instead you find a flooded basement that throws a wrench in your plans. The flooded basement not only leaves you with hours of work to clean it up, but also means your basement is now susceptible to mold and mildew growth, especially if the basement is kept warm.

Tips & Tricks #1:

Begin cleaning your flooded basement by removing all objects from the floor, including the heavy furniture you hadn’t planned to move again until you left the house or someone was paid to do it. Unfortunately, if the floor under the items is left wet it will contribute to mold and mildew growth, not to mention ruining the item.

Tips & Tricks #2:

Removing all wet items from the flooded basement – or at least the area that is flooded – is essential to drying out the carpet and walls. Items made of fabric can typically be laundered to remove any mold spores, or a trip to the dry cleaner also will remove the mildew smell and stains.

Tips & Tricks #3:

Area rugs or small pieces of carpet should be removed immediately and placed somewhere to dry completely before being placed back in the basement. If the carpet or rugs cannot be removed, remove every item from the carpet as soon as possible and focus on the flooring. A wet/dry vacuum works well to remove water from small areas, but it can be extremely time consuming to clean a large area with a non-commercial vacuum of this nature.

Tips & Tricks #4:

Depending on the amount of water and the amount of surface area in your flooded basement, you may want to enlist the help of professional carpet cleaners to remove the water in the basement carpet. Small areas can typically be dried by placing fans directly by the wet carpet and opening any assessable windows in the room as well, while large areas will probably take too long to dry this way unless an industrial size fan is implemented.

Tips & Tricks #5:

Placing a dehumidifier in the area also will aid in drying up the flooded basement since its purpose is to remove moisture from the air. Generally speaking, basements benefit greatly from the combination of a dehumidifier and battery back up sump pump to keep moisture relatively low throughout the year

What is Vapor Barrier?

A vapor barrier is one of the most effective ways to prevent wall seepage from ruining your basement environment. The concrete materials used in the construction of your home's foundation walls are porous.

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Photo Aug 27, 6 55 36 PM The cinder block, concrete or mortar absorb moisture much like a sponge and when the outside surface of your foundation wall is in contact with water it will pass that water through into your home. It is for this reason that building codes require some form of damp proofing be installed during construction. Unfortunately, the parging or tar based coatings typically used as damp proofing only remain effective for a few years before breaking down. If your basement wall feels damp, you see moisture or the white chalky efflorescence which indicates moisture you know the damp proofing has failed.

Digging along your foundation wall to replace this damp proofing with a more permanent waterproofing solution is the only solution to prevent water from reaching your foundation wall. As mature landscaping, patios, sidewalks and driveways may make this an expensive option you may wish to consider managing this moisture from the inside.  A vapor barrier tied into your basement drainage system will prevent any water seeping through your wall from reaching your basement living space. Even if you have no indication that your walls are seeping today you should always consider adding in a vapor barrier before finishing your basement. It is an inexpensive way to help protect your investment.

Learn More About French Drains

There is a common misconception out there that the French Drain originated in France as an exterior drainage trench, running downhill, filled with crushed stone used to carry water away from homes.

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IMG_20150422_174931There is a common misconception out there that the French Drain originated in France as an exterior drainage trench, running downhill, filled with crushed stone used to carry water away from homes. Actually the originator Henry French was a New England farmer born in 1813. He believed that too much water made farmland unproductive and by draining the fields he could improve their productivity. French also believed that unhealthy vapors rose from those wet swampy areas and that a wet basement could make you sick. In 1857, he traveled to Europe where it is believed he explored farm drainage methods in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Upon his return he published a book called “Farm Drainage” in which, in a chapter called Cellar Drainage, he described an excavated trench around the perimeter of the cellar containing clay tiles laid end to end, covered with tan bark to carry away ground water. He called it a cellar drain however today it is known as the French drain.

448px-Mug_and_sole_field_drainFrench drains today can take many forms and are known by different names but despite the state of the art materials they are all rooted back to Henry French and his clay tile drain system. The French drain is still one of the most effective methods of collecting and redirecting both surface and subsurface water. Value Dry incorporates a modern French Drain along with several other engineered components into our sub-floor pressure relief system. All of these components working together ensure your basement stays dry and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I delay getting it fixed?

Basement issues never correct themselves. Water is always looking for the easiest route. If you see the initial warning signs listed above then it is only time before larger amounts will find its way further into your home. One good heavy rainstorm could be all it takes to create a larger pathway for it to be pushed into your home and once this path is created it will keep growing over time. Stop it now so you don’t worry about it later.

Will my homeowners insurance cover flooding or water damage to my basement or crawlspace?

The simple answer is no. Most homeowners policies will not cover the repairs or reimburse you for lost items when damage is caused by flooding from subterranean water. You need to provide your own piece of mind, let us help you. Sump pump insurance would cover loss due to flooding however you must have a sump pump to get this coverage.

How much could I lose out in a sale if I don’t get the basement water issues fixed?

Buyers expect dry basements. Home inspectors are trained to look for the initial warning signs noted above and they will be disclosed to potential buyers. Typical value of homes lost in sales due to foundation issues such as wet basements is 10%. That can easily be recaptured in the sale when you can show a long term warranty with the work already completed. It’s one more selling point to make your house stand out above others to get a quicker sale.

Can I get financing?

Yes we offer several attractive options from our financing partners for your convenience.

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