A Dry Basement Begins With Basement Moisture Control

May 24th, 2018

Does your North Carolina home supply a comfortable, completely dry basement? Or is it possible you are in need of a little moisture control?

In this area, residents sometimes experience a variety of home maintenance issues caused by damp conditions in the lowest levels of a residence. If you’ve noticed moist walls or soggy floors in your basement, consider requesting an inspection by an experienced drainage and waterproofing control company. This investigation may help you prevent significant repair expenses at a later date!

Maintain a Dry Basement

Why should the issue of moisture in a basement concern homeowners? Just consider a few important reasons to insist upon a dry, comfortable basement. Problems of water droplets forming along a wall or ceiling in the lowest level of the home may seem minor compared with other types of maintenance concerns. Yet this seemingly small matter could signify a serious threat:

  • A continuously wet basement detracts from the quality of daily life
  • Ongoing dampness may prevent a property owner from finishing rooms in a residential basement
  • Moist basements sometimes indicate water pooling against the foundation
  • Water may seep into a basement from the adjoining ground, and then sink into the basement floor, eventually collecting underneath the residence and contributing to shifting soils and structural issues
  • Excessive moisture in a basement often contributes to mold and mildew formation in this location, damaging furnishings and degrading air quality
  • Continuously damp basements during certain periods of the year may become flooded basements under some circumstances
  • Water droplets on basement walls and ceilings prevent the use of the basement as a secure storage location for many types of perishable items, including food
  • A moist basement may contribute to rotting timbers and wood flooring, and attract termites
  • In some locations, damp basements provide excellent habitats for some species of mosquitos.

Resolve to Respond Quickly

So, for all these reasons (and more), savvy property owners in the Greater Raleigh Area take quick action to control basement moisture. Since many causes potentially account for this all-too-common problem, it usually makes sense to request a waterproofing inspection as an initial measure. Today, companies like Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC” Inc. employ a variety of tools and methods to help limit or prevent damage caused by moist basements.

Keep in mind, the preferred solutions to address basement moisture control may depend upon a number of factors. These include the cause(s) of water leaks, the extent of the threat, and the availability of resources the property owner can commit to correcting this issue. In some situations, home improvement lenders assist homeowners in funding enduring solutions to basement moisture control concerns.

What Happens During a Basement Waterproofing Inspection?

During a waterproofing inspection, we check the basement carefully. This assessment involves examining both the basement itself, and the exterior terrain and its drainage structures. We also pay close attention to possible sources of any water leaks impacting the premises. Many potential causes contribute to damp basements.

For instance, one of the most important issues relates to whether water has seeped into the basement through cracks in the basement walls and joints, or whether moisture has impacted the lowest level of the residence for another reason. It may become important to ascertain whether dampness occurs continuously throughout the year, or only on a seasonal basis. We endeavor to determine the most likely source of the moisture.

Creating an Effective Basement Moisture Control Plan

After a comprehensive waterproofing inspection, we strive to work with the homeowner to develop effective, affordable solutions. In most cases, controlling moisture in a residential basement requires periodic efforts. Preventing damp conditions remains an ongoing objective throughout the anticipated “lifespan” of the residence.

For example, a waterproofing company may install a sump pump, a dehumidifier, or even a French Drain (to divert water from collecting near the foundation and the basement). Yet even with these control measures, every few years the homeowners should consider requesting follow-up waterproofing inspections. It remains vital to make sure moisture control methods continue functioning effectively over the course of time.

Obtain Skilled Waterproofing Assistance

Does your home require waterproofing services? Wet basements and poorly draining yards pose significant problems for many North Carolina property owners. We offer a variety of useful services in the Greater Raleigh, Southern Pines, and Fayetteville areas. These include basement waterproofing and moisture control, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and French drain inspections and installations. Go ahead and contact Drainage & Waterproofing Solutions,LLC” Inc. at 919-235-5219 to obtain knowledgeable assistance in this field.

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Why Inspecting Crawl Spaces And Foundations Matters

August 15th, 2017

Thorough Residential Real Estate Inspections

In many locations, especially in warmer regions, developers erect houses with extensive crawl spaces. For instance, instead of excavating a basement, the builder may construct a wood frame residence resting on a slightly elevated foundation. If you live in a home with an unencapsulated crawl space (or crawl spaces), it usually remains a wise precaution to request periodic inspections by a waterproofing expert of the infrequently-accessed areas beneath the residence.

Taking this simple step helps ensure crawl spaces and foundations remain in good condition. It also may assist property owners in catching and correcting potential real estate problems at an early stage. The old adage “forewarned is forearmed” applies in terms of protecting living areas from some common crawl space-related hazards.

Clean, Dry Crawl Spaces

Of course, frequently homeowners don’t welcome the prospect of exploring out-of-the-way crawl spaces, building foundations, or attics. These locations may require considerable effort and discomfort to access. They typically lack light. In some circumstances, spiders, snakes or even bats frequent these dark places. Yet ensuring that these parts of a residence remain clean and dry could help maintain the useful lifespan of your house.

Water leaking beneath the home can create potentially serious consequences. Over the course of time, this situation may cause warping or rotting in wooden structures. The damp conditions may give rise to the growth of mold and mildew, a health concern. In wood frame houses, moisture may promote conditions conducive to termite infestations. Ultimately, seeping water holds the potential to damage building foundations, creating structural problems. All these considerations warrant periodic inspections of crawl spaces, foundations and attics by experienced waterproofing technicians. If you notice any possible signs of trouble developing, consider contacting a qualified inspector to check your home:

Tilting Floor

Do any of the lower level floors in your residence “bounce” or appear uneven? While many possible causes can contribute to this problem (including termites), water in a crawl space sometimes produces this defect. By asking an expert to examine the underside of the floor carefully, you’ll take useful corrective action to protect your household more effectively.

Any sagging floor imposes hazards, or course. It may cause people to trip and fall unexpectedly. If sections of a floor weaken, the problem could place furniture (or occupants) at risk of tumbling through floor boards.

Cracks in Interior Plaster or Dry Wall

If you notice cracks forming in the plaster or dry wall in one or more rooms, requesting a crawl space and foundation inspection may prove prudent. A variety of issues potentially cause crack formation; shifting in the ground beneath the home as a result of water pooling in a crawl space could contribute to this phenomenon.

Large cracks in plaster or dry wall usually remain apparent even after re-painting or the application of wall paper. They pose an interior decorating problem and may deter prospective home buyers when a property reaches the real estate market. Checking out the source of the cracks usually remains the best course of action.

Termite Infestations

If your house develops a termite problem, consider scheduling a crawl space and foundation inspection with a waterproofing expert. Some termites will infest dry wood, yet these wood-gnawing insects often show a marked preference for damp, rotting planks and timbers. It makes little sense to perform termite treatments before addressing an underlying water problem, if any, inside the crawl space or around the foundation. Unless repaired, wet crawl spaces under the home may continue to promote wood damage, encouraging termite re-infestation at a later date.

Most real estate experts recommend obtaining the assistance of a licensed pest exterminator in order to apply termite treatments. The insects can burrow inside wood and sometimes prove challenging to eradicate. Recently some new classes of insecticides reached the market. These chemicals prove less toxic to humans and pets, but eliminate entire termite colonies.

Odors

A foul odor in the home could signal a leaky roof or a wet crawlspace and foundation. Persistently damp conditions allow mold to gain a foothold. If you smell a musty, unpleasant aroma, consider calling a waterproofing company for assistance.

A careful examination of the premises helps isolate the source of water leaks. In some situations, leaking plumbing pipes and fixtures or sewer pipes spill undetected into crawl spaces for some time before the problem reaches an owner’s attention. Prompt corrective plumbing action to stop leaking sometimes resolves this type of crawl space issue (if extensive damage has not already occurred).

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Consider contacting a qualified waterproofing expert in all these situations. Taking this precaution could help prevent or minimize long term property damage!