Preparing Your Home For Spring

Springtime can be a very enjoyable season if you have no issues with the basement.  Spring showers can play havoc with the humidity level and water seepage in your basement, and around the foundation of your home.  Water into the basement of your home can damage the structural integrity of your foundation, your belongings, and your living space.

Leaving humidity problems and foundation problems till later, can end up costing you more than expected.  If you do not know what type of basement problem you have, call Pioneer Basement Solutions for a hassle free consultation.


External versus interior waterproofing: Hire the right contractor

When you are looking to waterproof your basement, the experts at H&N Basement Worx in Hamilton want you to know there are different options to consider so that you don’t hire the wrong contractor for the job.

When a basement has leakage, there are two waterproofing solutions available to fix the problem: internal and external. If there is a drain tile or weeping tile system malfunction, you will likely need an internal waterproofing system. This involves the installation of a de-watering system to better manage water that passes under or through your foundation.

Exterior waterproofing will stop water from coming into contact with your foundation walls altogether. This is achieved by rerouting the water towards the weeping tile, which then moves the water away from the base of your foundation, keeping your basement dry.


Neglecting Your Home’s Crawl Space Could Cost You Big

When was the last time you checked out the crawl space under your house? It’s an area most homeowners avoid because no one relishes the ideas of crawling through cobwebs or encountering some creepy creatures in dark corners.

But leave the crawl space unchecked and you could find yourself facing a serious foundation issue. The crawl space is part of your home’s overall structural system and if it begins to experience problems, those issues will seep into other parts of your home. The result can be unpleasant and expensive.

How do you know if have a problem in your crawl space? Look for these signs:

  • Drywall cracks in the interior
  • Uneven, sagging or bouncing floors
  • Foul odors in the home
  • Heightened allergies or asthma symptoms

By their very nature, crawl spaces are prone to dampness. Add springtime rains and possible flooding, and it’s a recipe for a damp disaster. Many Charleston area homes also experienced some flooding or, at a minimum, heavy rainfall after both the historic flooding in October 2015 and Hurricane Matthew a year later in October 2016.


Preventing the problems of wet basement season

While most people welcome the arrival of spring, the experts at H&N Basement Worx in Hamilton know that along with springtime also comes wet basement season, which is a huge hassle for unsuspecting homeowners.

A wet basement occurs when water comes in through the foundation of your home, through cracks or foundational damage, or when something has gone wrong with your existing waterproofing system.

In the spring, weather becomes warmer and higher volumes of water can accumulate quickly due to melting snow, ground thaw and spring rainfall. If your home has cracks in the foundation or a basement that has not been properly waterproofed, the result is a wet basement.

Whatever the cause, the experts at H&N Basement Worx offers complete foundation repair services and will quickly diagnose and repair your problem with the latest, most efficient waterproofing and repair solutions.


 

Waterproofing Your Basement In the Spring

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractFor 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.


Myths About Home Basement Waterproofing

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.


Rightway Waterproofing Offers Advice on the Importance of Basement Waterproofing and Mold Remediation

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.


Repairing your home from this winter and preparing it for next winter

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.