Basement Waterproofing And Foundation Repair

The United States is a nation where homeowners spend a lot of money improving their homes.  According to Statista, in 2015 the average expenditure per household in home improvement was $2889.  Back in 2007, we spent approximately $3280 in home improvements per home,  and despite the worries about the economy, Americans will continue to do home improvement, and DIY projects in and around their homes.

While many projects done around the home are mainly aesthetic, there are others that are done to protect the structure of the home. 

Foundation repairs and stabilization, are projects that regardless whether you want to do them or not,  you have to hire someone that knows how to do it properly.  Basement waterproofing is also something to be left to the professionals.  There are many places on the internet that give advise on how to waterproof your basement without having the knowledge to do so.  Painting the walls of your basement is NOT waterproofing. If there are leaks in your basement, the painting job you do will not stop water from damaging the foundation, walls, floors, and even the ceiling of your basement.

An internet search for a waterproofing company will give you a result of 439,000 options. That includes basement waterproofing companies advertising, or other companies selling you lists of the best waterproofing companies according to them.

There are hundreds of basement waterproofing companies out there.  Some of them will give you an estimate that is so high, you will want to postpone doing anything with your basement, harming the structure in the process. Those companies will you a very complex explanation to what is a very simple solution.

According to Pioneer Basement Solutions  “ There are dozens of basement waterproofing companies that sell and install basement waterproofing systems.  They call their systems all different names which can be very confusing. The last thing many of these basement waterproofing companies want you to think is that what they do is simple or common, so they come up with patented names and fancy presentations.”

The reasons and solutions to fix your basement problems are very easy to understand and explain.  Pioneer Basement Solutions offers a no nonsense, no sales gimmick, FREE consultation to solve your basement issues. They have a long history in the Northeast Ohio region and the best recognition for any company out there.

They are the Better Business Bureau  Gold Star Award Winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013, 2014, and Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Contact us. We will be happy to offer a solution that makes sense to you and your wallet.


Handymen Services; Are they Right For You?

pioneer (10)Handymen services are a very inexpensive way to fix those small projects that you didn’t have time do, or do not have the skills or tools necessary to accomplished them.  For many people, having someone they know recommend a handyman is the best way for them to feel confident the job will be done, and the person in question trustworthy.  There are many companies out there that offer the services of a handyman, with license and insurance to back up any project they do. But, regardless of what choice you make, the recommended handyman or the company offering the services of a handyman, be choosy and do a bit of homework before any project you start.


Rosie on the House: Jobs a handyperson can do for you

Lots of times you have little jobs around the house that you don’t have the time to do. Or maybe you don’t have the skills or tools to do the job. So you think you want someone you might describe as a handyman or handywoman.

How do you find this handyperson? You can ask friends and neighbors, of course. You can ask your homeowners association if they have lists of people other neighbors have hired. You can look online.

Many times a contractor or remodeler you have used in the past has someone on staff that does these “handy” jobs. There are also licensed contractors who run handyman services of one kind or another. Of course, you want to find someone who has experience in the kind of job you want done.

There are some rules and regulations about what work a handyperson can do. Arizona law does allow unlicensed handymen or -women to do small home repairs or fixes if the value of labor plus materials does not exceed $1,000 and does not require a permit from your city or county. This handyman’s exemption means almost anyone can do small jobs in your home.

But the state does say that a contractor must have a license before he or she can do any electrical or plumbing jobs in your home. And you must always hire a licensed and insured contractor if your repair or renovation requires a building permit from the city or county.


Home Help: Keep your home safe without compromising style

TIP OF THE WEEK

Home accidents cause nearly 13 million injuries a year. Some simple updates to your home can help you avoid these accidents, as well as give your rooms a facelift.

The less clutter, the better: Sometimes the bulky knife block can be an eyesore or take up too much space on small countertops. If you are looking for new and interesting ways to store sharp knives, try installing magnet strips on the backsplash in the kitchen. This will not only keep your counter clutter free, but give your kitchen some flair.

Step it up: Have kids at home? Put a stepstool that slides into the toe kick beneath the sink so that your kids are able to roll it out like a drawer and step up to wash their hands. This is also great for parents who have young chefs in the house who like to help out in the kitchen.


Home Improvement Tips

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You might not be selling your home just yet, but having a list of repairs or projects to better your home is a good way to keep the maintenance to a minimum, and the value of your home increasing.  Snow, sleet, high winds, and rain can play havoc to your home if it’s not properly maintained. Gutters full of debris can be a problem when the snow comes, and the spring showers can really be a problem for the basement and foundation of your home if those gutters were not cleaned after all.  Having a list of chores to do this fall, or home improvements that you need to consider, can keep your home and wallet “healthy” this year.

For more about this and other topics, follow the links below.


Kuffa: Small details could become turn offs for a home sale

Let’s talk about simple turn offs to houses on the market.

We often get calls from people who say, “My lender (or Realtor or parent) told me I should get a home inspection even though I don’t think I really need one.”

Then the day comes for the big inspection and I’m sitting in the driveway just looking at the exterior and my brain is racing because of numerous problem areas I have seen before I’ve even left my vehicle.

Inspecting a house is like being a detective. You are looking for clues, irregularities, oddities and indications of non-professional work. Other clues may be indications that previous owners or residents were possibly “do-it yourselfers” or were just neglectful or didn’t take care of the property. As an inspector, it is always easier to inspect a building whose previous resident has lived there for a long time. This resident has more knowledge about the history of the house and usually their lifestyle and habits are more evident. Also, it is always easier to inspect a house that is represented by a real estate agent than one that is “for sale by owner.” The real estate agent has to abide by specific laws and rules, fills out required paperwork and has their reputation at stake. In my experience, The “for sale by owner” situations typically are more problem laden, less often abide by the same rules as a real estate agent and the seller has decided to cut out the real estate agent’s fees.


Waterproofing Basement Walls: Costs and Options

Tempted by ads that promise to waterproof your basement? Here’s the scoop:

If you’re trying to figure out how to cure a wet or musty basement, you’re probably curious about advertisements for products that claim to waterproof basement walls. So you wonder: Is it really possible to dry out a basement simply by sealing the walls?

Yes, it is possible — but to make sure you’re choosing the right option, you need to figure out if the moisture is coming from the outside, or if it’s actually high humidity that’s condensing on the cool walls of your basement.

How to Find Out What’s Causing the Moisture

Tape a 1-foot-square piece of aluminum foil to the inside of your basement walls, and leave it in place for 24 hours.

If there’s condensation on the outside of the foil, you have high humidity in your basement. Fix it with a portable room dehumidifier or a whole-house humidifier system instead of waterproofing products.

If the foil has condensation on the inside surface (next to the wall), it may be the soil around your house is naturally damp from a high water table or poor soil drainage. In that case, waterproofing your basement walls can be useful.


How to Conquer the Huge Problems Found During Home Inspections

You’ve finally found a buyer for your beloved home and signed a deal. Phew, what a relief! But then comes the reality check, aka the “home inspection.” Such simple words, yet so fraught with stress and fear! Many contracts include a contingency that allows the buyer to back out if serious problems are found during inspection. So, bring on the fear.

Of course, you know your home and you think it’s just fine, but maybe a professional with a less sentimental eye might see it differently?

To keep at least one step ahead, check out these common issues found during an inspection. That way you can fix them, save the deal, and even save yourself!


 

Waterproofing Your Basement

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementPretty frequently you can watch the news or read the newspaper to find warnings about a basement waterproofing company that was not delivering what they promised.  Shoddy work and exorbitant prices were commonly associated with these companies, and the consumer is the one loosing.  If you need a waterproofing company, a contractor, or anyone working in your home, you need to be diligent. Doing a basic research on the company, the cost associated with fixing your problem, and basic common questions that you should ask whomever you are hiring should be done before any papers are signed or money exchanged.  Do you need a basement waterproofing company with a long history in the area and great customer satisfaction? Contact us or check the BBB to see our rating.


Get rid of water in your basement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Water problems in your home can lead to dangerous structural issues and even health problems. A family-owned company that addresses water and the issues that come along with it is Everdry.

Everdry Waterproofing and Foundation Repair has been in business nationally since 1978. The Grand Rapids office is celebrating 25 years in business, family owned and operated. Everdry does full-service waterproofing on the interior and exterior of homes. All work comes with a lifetime transferrable warranty.

Signs of Basement Moisture Problems

  • Musty odor
  • Dry rot
  • Visible mold
  • Cracks in wall and floor
  • Rust on appliances

On the Level: Dealing with a mold problem

We have a mold problem in our basement. Our house sits at the bottom of a hill so when there is a lot or rain or a big snowstorm that melts we get water continuously flowing into the sump pit. There have been a few instances where water in the basement coupled with inadequate ventilation caused some mold to form on some ceiling tiles and on a few parts of the walls. I called a basement waterproofing company and their sales rep came by and indicated it would cost approximately twenty-two thousand dollars for all mold to be removed and a proper drainage system installed. He said that everything had to be taken out of the basement, the walls torn down etc.

I want to take care of this problem but need some expert advice on what to do. I realize this sales rep wants to make money for his company but I’m not convinced that the mold problem is that serious.

Twenty-two thousand dollars is indeed a large sum. Quite frankly, the basement waterproofing industry is peppered with not-so-ethical practitioners who come on like gangbusters, scare the pants off you with a huge number only to back off of the big number somewhat with certain sales techniques only to have you grasp at a smaller price they’ll offer if you sign right away.


Common Drainage Problems And Solutions

According to the people at Pioneer Basement Solutions there are only three places you can get basement water leaks in your home:

  • Basement walls
  • Basement floorstock-photo-6454290-derelict-basement
  • The seam where the floor meets the walls

One of the common problems in Northeast Ohio right now is the abundance of melting snow.  That means that if you do not have good drainage around your home and water is sitting – in puddles maybe- around your foundation and you have an older home, there is a good chance you will be seeing some water seepage in your basement. A good drainage can save you headaches, keep your basement dry and free of mold.

Read more about common drainage problems and some solutions for you by following the links below.


Common Drainage Problems That Cause Basement Leaks

Poor drainage can cause a myriad of problem with your home. These can include structural damage to the foundation, insect infestations and mould. All of these are expensive to correct, but often the causes of poor drainage can be remedied easily. Here are some common drainage problems that could be the culprit of your basement leaking:

1. Poor Grading on the Property

Perhaps the most common drainage problem is poor grading on the property. Water flows downhill and if your home is at the bottom of an incline, water will move to the lower elevation. If you have slopes, it is essential that the runoff is directed to a drainage system, such as a pipe or a ditch. Slopes must be strong enough to withstand excess water or soil will erode. You may even end up having landslides if the topsoil is lifted by the excess water.

In some cases, the contractor may follow the requirements laid out in the local code regarding the slope required on the lot, but the soil has high clay content. The clay content causes the soil to resist absorbing moisture, and low areas hold standing water more readily.


Landscaping project solves drainage problem…

We’ve lived for 10-1/2 years with a terrible drainage problem on our front sidewalk.  When we get a good rain, a lake forms in front of the front door, making it impossible to come into the house without wearing galoshes or looking for a ferry.  (Well, that might be an exaggeration.)  If you look carefully, the edge of the stained concrete porch stops and you can see a tiny sliver of the sidewalk on this side of the puddle before you step up to the porch.

This is only a moderately-sized lake.  When we get gully washers it’s much bigger.
I try not to think about the builder and the contractor who thought it was ok to build a sloping sidewalk that comes down the hill, and then goes back up with the next piece of concrete, making a V in which water will always puddle.  They did the same thing in front of our garage doors as well, making a 3-car trench over which we also have to leap when it rains.

But I digress.

So, in addition to addressing our sprinkler/rain drainage and erosion problems in the beds that line the sloping sidewalk, we are fixing the entire sidewalk.


Solutions for Homesite Drainage

Where land is flat, soils are dense or the water table is high, a well designed drainage system is a priority. Without proper drainage solutions in place, water may collect to undermine structures and drown expensive plants, turning parts of your new landscape into perpetually wet swamps. This can be the most important issue to a landscape architect due to this potential for damage. Backyard drainage may also be overlooked entirely by a designer poorly trained in grading and drainage.

Do You Have Drainage Problems?A good designer will analyze the nature of your yard, and may “shoot the grades” to establish the exact topography no matter how flat the site may seem. Spot elevations tell the designer where problems lie so that she can solve them through design.

Ground water can also play an important role in drainage, and it is directly related to rainfall patterns. In the low lying areas of the South, the water table can be just inches below the surface. Such conditions create all sorts of problems for construction and limit planting options.


Fixing Your Wet Basement

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementThere are many things you can do to keep your basement dry and humidity free. If you have a wet and leaky basement, there are drainage systems that can be installed by a professional contractor to keep water away from the foundation and walls of your home. Sump pumps are necessary when the water has already reached the floor, and you need to get it out quickly to avoid further damage to the house and the furniture you may have there. A good quality dehumidifier can be the difference between a moist basement and a dry one. The quality of the air in your home will be noticeable cleaner.

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Health Hazards & Overall Costs Associated With a Wet Basement

Seeing a little moisture in your basement might not set off alarm bells, but it should. Unwanted moisture in a basement or crawl space is an immediate problem and the sooner it is addressed, the better – especially in Vancouver’s wet season.

If you have had a wet basement, you know it’s no laughing matter. Even if the water doesn’t cause structural damage, it can ruin carpeting and furniture and also result in the growth of mould and bacteria that are harmful to the health of humans and pets. Prolonged elevated humidity levels in a basement can cause swelling of the floor joists above, leading to buckled main floors. Even the musty smell of a wet basement can depress the resale value of your home considerably.


FIXING WET BASEMENTS AND CRAWL SPACES

Keeping Moisture Out from the Outside
Keeping moisture out from the outside of the house is a simple concept, but I have spent my fair share of time standing outside in the rain watching water make its way down to the foundation because a few things—such as gutters—were out of place, or because the grading was done improperly or not at all.

Some of this we have no control over; after all, this isn’t new construction we are talking about. But we can and should make recommendations to address water intrusion into underfloor spaces. Look for clear signs that indicate the risk of water entering the basement. Examples include downspouts terminating too close to the house and roof runoff cutting into the ground. In both cases, water is unintentionally directed toward the foundation, greatly increasing the risk of water intrusion into the basement.

The solution could be landscaping that moves water away from the walls and/or light carpentry, such as fixing a broken gutter on a roof. Fix, or recommend that someone else fix, the easy stuff first. At the same time, I would not recommend dealing with moisture problems from the outside when to do so would entail heavy excavation. That is very disruptive, and it can be costly. There may be situations where heavy excavation is necessary, but I feel that most moisture problems can be addressed in less invasive ways.


Interior Basement Waterproofing

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementBefore you have a flooded basement and need to call a company that is available, but you know very little of, let us tell you, you need to be proactive and call somebody with an outstanding reputation and excellent work ethic.  Many companies will give you an estimate for work that you may not need done in your basement and you may have to go with them if you are in an emergency.  Do your research now to avoid hiring a company that may not be suitable for you.


Interior basement waterproofing

Interior basement systems installed under the basement floor relieve the “hydrostatic pressure” or water pressure in the ground that builds up around your foundation when the water has nowhere to go.

Typical signs that indicate an interior basement waterproofing system would be a good solution are if you have basement floor leaks, cracks in your basement floor that are heaved up, and or water seeps in through the seam where the wall meets the floor. Another common sign is the bottom row of blocks is damp and shows a white powder on them. These signs are an indication of ground water building up under your foundation.
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When basement floods, do a little homework before hiring a waterproofing company

RAYMORE, Mo. – Steve Weis, of Raymore, is like many in the metro. He woke up Friday morning to discover water flowing into his basement.
Now, towels cover the basement floor. Boxes filled with his belongings sit on top of furniture to stay dry.

“Fortunately, it’s not much carpet, not much dry wall. It shouldn’t be too big a deal, just a hassle,” Weis said.
Many homeowners dealing with wet basements will look into hiring a basement waterproofing company.


SPI Launches Innovative One-Step Concrete Resurfacing and Waterproofing Polyurea Elastomer 

After substantial R&D and successful field testing, Specialty Products, Inc. (SPI) has unveiled the innovative Synergy Series Aquaseal Hi-Rise X3™ elastomeric bridging polyurea. This cutting edge technology provides a cost-effective, one-step solution for concrete waterproofing and resurfacing. Aquaseal Hi-Rise X3 forms a seamless, monolithic surface that seals and protects concrete, eliminating the time-consuming and costly process of applying a concrete primer, mortar filler or dry sacking. This provides a key benefit by reducing surface preparation time and material cost.


Want your basement waterproof for spring rains?

 

If you want your basement waterproof for spring rains now is the time to call basement waterproofing companies for estimates on your basement waterproofing cost options.  There are several basement systems used for solving basement water leaks and not all are created equally.

Do some homework on the type of basement water leaks you are experiencing before calling out basement waterproofing companies for estimates so that you will know what type of basement systems you are looking for.

The interior basement waterproofing systems are designed to solve  basement water leaks that are coming up from ground water build up.  The  exterior basement waterproofing systems are designed to solve wet basement walls from surface water problems.

Call full service basement waterproofing contractors who can review and offer all basement systems for a non biased opinion.

For basement waterproofing in Akron or Canton Ohio and surrounding areas call Pioneer Basement Solutions at 1-877-321-4889 or visit the website here.

 

Many foundation repair companies waterproof basements…who can you trust?

Many foundation repair companies waterproof basements and it may be difficult to determine who you can trust.  If you have interviewed basement waterproofing companies you likely have a difference of opinions and solutions which confuse your decision making process.

People often ask what the best way to waterproof basements is and the answer is really more complicated that it seems like it should be.  If someone is looking to solve their leak in basement or wet basement mold for example it will depend on what the real problem is.  If the original exterior basement waterproofing system is bad and there are wet basement walls then the best way to waterproofing basements like that would be exterior basement waterproofing to restore the seal and stop penetration.

If the basement water leaks are through the floor or up through seams where the basement walls meet the floor the best way may be an interior basement waterproofing system to prevent the build up of ground water around the foundation from underneath.

It is important to have a thorough inspection by a reputable basement waterproofing contractor who offers all basement systems and can recommend the best solution as well as some alternatives that may better fit your budget and goals for the home.

Visit your local BBB website and look at the complaint history before hiring a  basement waterproofing contractor and if you are a member review reports on Angie’s list.

For a no obligation from a full service basement waterproofing company in the Akron, Canton, Medina, Kent and surrounding areas call Pioneer Basement Solutions at 1-877-321-4889

Waterproof basement walls inside or outside?

Waterproofing basement walls can only be done via exterior basement waterproofing, but you may not need that to solve your basement leaks.

The definition of waterproof in Wikipedia states “Waterproof or water-resistant describes objects relatively unaffected by water or resisting the ingress of water under specified conditions.” And adds, “In construction, a building or structure is waterproofed with the use of membranes and coatings to protect contents underneath or within as well as protecting structural integrity.”

If you have wet basement walls you can dry up your space with an interior basement waterproofing system but will still potentially have dampness or actual water in your foundation which can cause damage over time. Most people go with the interior based on the cost of basement waterproofing being much higher on the outside than from the inside.

There are membranes designed to waterproof basement walls that are manufactured on large rolls.  These membranes are 8’ high and when installed properly create a liner around your basement like the reverse of a swimming pool.  Other systems such as compressed fiberglass actually draw water through them against your foundation potentially causing damp areas.

For  more information visit Pioneer Basement Solutions here or call 1-877-321-4889.  Serving Northeast Ohio since 1979.