For many homeowners, spring time can be a very good time to check the condition of their basement. With spring showers, water can leak into your basement if you have a problem, and you may be able to notice it right away. Bowing on your walls can mean water is finding a way to get into your home, and mold can be another issue you may be facing in the future due to the water seeping. If you are looking to waterproof your basement and don’t know who to call, check the BBB for information about waterproofing companies and give them a call. Do your due diligence first to know whether the estimate is accurate or not.
Unfortunately there are many misconceptions and myths floating around about waterproofing a basement. We discuss four myths that are among the most common in the waterproofing industry.
Myth #1 – Waterproofing will not stop a basement leak
When a homeowner has a water problem they can elect to make a repair or resolve the problem. In some cases the homeowner may decide to fix the leak without installing a complete waterproofing system. The waterproofing contractor will guarantee their work but that doesn’t stop the water from leaking into the basement from a wall on the other side of the room. A good basement waterproofing company will help the homeowner understand the repair work that will be done and the risks of not installing a complete foundation waterproofing system.
Myth #2 – Black tar paint is a sufficient waterproofing method
In actuality black tar paint is not waterproofing. Black tar paint may keep some of the vapor out but on its own it will not protect you basement from water leaks. Waterproofing systems are made up of several different components that together they will protect your basement from water getting in and if it does get in that it will quickly be pumped back out.
Philadelphia, PA — (ReleaseWire) — 04/10/2015 — Rightway Waterproofing is a Pennsylvania-based basement waterproofing, remodeling and renovation company that also offers comprehensive diagnosis and remediation for mold infestations of all sizes for their clientele. As the warmer, more humid and rainy months of spring and summer approach, Rightway Waterproofing is offering advice on the importance of locating, identifying and remediating mold infestations and properly waterproofing basements around Pennsylvania.
– Waterproofing and Mold Removal Keep Property Values High
Rightway Waterproofing advises that leaky, poorly waterproofed basements lower the value of real estate. As the base of a house, including the foundation and the underlying floorboards, are contained in the basement, it’s unsettling for prospective buyers to see that the basement is in disrepair from water damages.
This was not the surprise Foster Lewis wanted in the basement family room on a cold and rainy winter night.
“When you stepped in the middle of the room … your socks were wet,” he said. More than 50 gallons of water had invaded the beige carpeting — and while a little water had occasionally seeped in beneath a window well area, the room had not before been squishy underfoot.
Fast-forward to late March. Gone from the family room were the carpeting, padding and paneling. Gone was the brick from most of one wall; only the repaired brick fireplace section remained. Gone was basement storage, removed to the garage. And gone were three children’s toys, which now covered the living room of the Sykesville house.
In the basement: a few items too big and bulky to bring upstairs, shoved together and shrouded in plastic sheets — and a crew from Stop Leak in Towson wielding jackhammers.