Basement Waterproofing Franklin Park, PA
Anyone who has ever dealt with a wet basement before knows, waterproofing is essential in the building of any structure that exists at ground level or below ground. It is vital in preventing any structural or foundational damage to your edifice. Efficient waterproofing must incorporate the use of sealers and drainage methods, especially in areas prone to water build-up that are at risk of hydrostatic pressure. This pressure can force water through any sized opening threatening your foundation walls.
—> Basement Sealants
With poured concrete foundations, pipe penetrations and cracks tend to be the most common entry points for water seepage. Luckily these openings can be sealed from the inside with epoxies or urethanes that cut off the path of seepage. These types of repair can last a long time, and most contractors will quote you anywhere from 10 years to a lifetime warranty on these.
If your foundation is made up of concrete blocks, you may want to consider an internal drain tile system that can collect any water entering the system and drain it into a sump. usually, some weep holes are drilled into the lowest row of blocks to allow for any drainage to occur. This method can provide you with you a dry basement for years down the line.
Waterproofing your basement from the inside using coatings works very well when condensation or minor dampness are the main problems. More severe leaks can’t typically be solved from the inside.
—> Foundation Repair
If you have cracks in your walls, doors that won’t close, or bulges in your floors – these can all be signs of a foundation problem. When a foundation settles it can lead to extreme structural issues throughout your home. Lucky for us there exist some methods to fix concrete foundation without having to start from scratch.
There are two methods for lifting a sunken foundation: piercing and slabjacking. Piering, is when you place supports underground that are meant to lift and support your concrete. Slabjacking, on the other hand, is when you fill the spaces under the slab with grout to float the foundation back into place. Any professional will be able to asses your foundation problem and let you know which method is right for you.
Even if your home has only sunk a few inches, or almost a foot – a foundation rapid contractor can provide you with some type of underpinning to aid with your failed foundation. If you suspect any issues with your foundation, you should call a professional foundation repair contractor to get an assessment.
—> Basement Odor
Every basement is at risk of developing that musty, damp, smell that just lingers with you and is almost impossible to get rid of. This smell can also irritate allergies in some people, affect sensitive noses, and deter potential homebuyers if you’re selling your home. The very first thing you should do is figure out the source of the odor, typically it can be simply a spot on the carpet, or a box that has begun to grow mold.
The smell of mold lingers even after it is dead, so even if you remove the mold and clean and dry the area, the smell can still stick around. What you want to do is identify the cause, remove it, and then figure out how to get rid of any further moisture or water in that area. A great and affordable idea is ventilation fans, that are perfect for when there is no discernible source of moisture or when you can’t get rid of the dampness from your basement.
At this point you might also need to consider performing some sort of mold removal before you consider using fans – if you don’t, you risk moving mold spores around your home and this can physically harm humans and animals and those suffering with any allergies. General mold removal can be done quite easily at home with the use of an approved fungicide, and by using it as instructed. Once you have done this and installed fans as well, chances are pretty high that any basement odor should be rectified. If odor persists, examine all furniture, carpeting, and any fabric or boxes for any indication of moisture or dampness and promptly remove them.
—> Exterior Drainage
To prevent water from entering your foundation walls you can try exterior waterproofing. Waterproofing a structure from the outside is the only method that the IBC (International Building Code) considers an acceptable precaution to prevent damage to a structure caused by water intrusion. Before 1980, most of the original exterior waterproofing was technically ‘damp- proofing’ and used an asphalt-based covering that was degradable. Nowadays, when waterproofing an existing basement you must first excavate down to the bottom of the footers, make sure the walls are properly sealed with waterproofing membrane and that drainage tiles are installed along the footing.
Depending on the expected amount of runoff or rain water, French drains can always be widened or even founded on 2-3 other underground pipes. Having several pipes also provides a back up in the case that one of the pipes becomes clogged or overflowed by a tear or defect. A pipe could become clogged or overfilled if it’s on one side of the drain that takes in more water, i.e. a pipe closer to an uphill slope, or a roofline that runs into a French drain. When pipes become overfilled, the water can penetrate sideways and into parallel pipes, creating a load- balancing pipe. In doing so, neither pipe will be rendered slower by air bubbles, which could happen with a full pipe containing no air space.
—> Polymer Based Compounds
For the last 10 years, polymer based compounds have been developed for use in waterproofing basements. These products last the entire lifetime of the structure, and they do not get affected by the soils PH levels. Polymer-based materials have an advantage of a low viscosity allowing them to be sprayed directly onto a wall, and cure very rapidly while staying somewhat flexible and allowing for some movement.
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