Basement waterproofing and foundation repair are not only for your home. If you are a business owner and own your business building, the basement of the building is your responsibility. Water seepage is a problem many homeowners and business owners face when dealing with their basement. And although it is very easy to ignore puddles of water on the floor in the basement of your home, that is not a very wise decision. Structural damages can occur to the home or business building due to the water finding a way into the basement.
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If you own or operate a business, there’s a good chance that you’ve tried to think of every conceivable thing you can to protect that business so it can grow and make more money each year. You’ve thought of all the marketing and budgeting concerns, you know how to attract customers and hire the best employees… but did you think about protecting the building itself?
If your business has a basement that you are responsible for then you should really consider making sure that it’s waterproofed. Water damage can cost a lot of money and may even force you to move if it’s not taken care of quickly. Here are a few reasons you should want to waterproof your business’s basement to protect your future.
Possible Structural Problems
The basement is the foundation of the building: if the basement floor or walls start to suffer, then there’s a good chance that the problems will spread to the rest of the building.
If you live in an area surrounded by moist soil, there’s a good possibility that water will seep into your basement. This can cause wooden beams to swell and crack and can also cause the concrete flooring to crack.
Q. During heavy rainfall I get water coming into the basement where the concrete floor meets the walls. Also, the concrete in the walls appears to have some flaking. What are my best options to fix this?
A. Water in your basement can come from a lot of places. Many times it is due to a lack of gutters, improper ground sloping, clogged perimeter pipes, or hydrostatic pressure.
The first thing to check is the grading around the house and the gutters. Ensure that your gutters are not clogged and that they are draining well away from your foundation walls; 10 feet is my preference. Most folks I know do not like downspouts extending out far. If there is pavement in this area, make sure it slopes away. Correct it if it does not.
Foundations are a significant part of your new home construction budget. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages to different building methods can help you select the best option for your budget and lifestyle. Whatever type of foundation you choose, you will want to make sure it is properly built to avoid costly repairs down the line.
Full Basement – The most common type of foundation is the traditional full basement with 8 to 10 foot walls poured on top of concrete footings. Due to the volume of concrete required, this is the most expensive type of foundation to build.
With full basements, footings and slab are located 4 to 5 feet underground providing sufficient protection against freeze-thaw damage. Underground walls also allow for some natural climate control. A well-insulated basement will be cheaper to heat in the winter than a second story and will be cooler in the summer if you want to escape the heat.