Basement Waterproofing Narberth, PA 19072

Waterproofing is essential anytime an edifice is erected at the ground level or below the ground. Efficient basement waterproofing should always incorporate sealers and drainage. This is especially necessary in locations where ground water can easily build up in the soil, causing hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure can force water through any kind of opening – large or small – in foundation walls. It also causes extreme structural damage to your foundation walls and is a big contributor to mold, decay and various moisture issues.

basement repair and waterproofing

—> Crawlspace Waterproofing

Crawlspaces are great for storage, but if yours is in your basement, and hasn’t been waterproofed – this could be a dangerous idea. You could have moisture from the damp (concrete or soil) ground in your basement seeping into your belongings, and water vapour from vents that create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. In most areas of the world it is recommended to equip your crawlspace with a ‘vapor barrier’ that prevents mold growth and humidity in your space. Vapor barriers can end at your walls, or they can even be run up the height of your walls and fastened at the top to ensure even more protection against mold and mildew. This technique is becoming insanely popular, even though it was basically unheard of in the late 1990’s.

—> Foundation Crack Repair

Foundation cracks can be caused by numerous things; normal shrinkage, hydrostatic pressure, soil settling, blasting, or buried debris – here are some tips to repair any existing cracks, as well as prevent any more from forming. Your foundation is the lowest and most supportive layer of a structure, and damage from water or moisture could weaken the core structure of your home leading to more severe and irepperabae damage in the future.

 

—> Mold Assessment

Assessment and remediation for mold are techniques used to identify the extent as well as the location of mold hazards in a structure, and then to clean-up and remove that mold form the environment. The initial step in solving indoor mold growth is to stop the moisture source, secondly you must remove the growth. Here are some common remedies for small instances of mold growth:

  • -Using no-porous materials
  • -Dry Wall & Wall Insulation
  • -Household Cleansers -Dehumidifying
  • -Ventilating -Natural Sunlight

 

—> Mold Remediation Methods

There are many methods to prevent the growth of mold – ie. Heating, ventilating, insulating, air conditioning, and even dry fog. Dry fog is a new technology that some mold removal companies use where they fill a room with dry fog that will kill mold spores and stop their growth. It is EPA approved and safe to use as it does not have a negative effect on humans or animals. Some companies even have methods to remove mold and spores from fabric and clothes to get rid of any odour and prevent more growth or damage.

 

—> Improper Methods

There are many improper methods when handling mold treatment, including; dry air, high heat exposure, UV light, ozone and using fungicides. Even though these methods may make any mold not as viable, any by-products could still have a negative impact on your health. The only efficient way to clean and eradicate mold completely is with the use of detergent solutions. Most readily available detergents on the market also include an agent for anti-fungal purposes.

Serious mold growth could call for a professional mold remediation expert to come in and remove any affected materials and the source of the excess moisture. In a severe case of mood growth in buildings, it might be a more cost-effective choice to have the building condemned rather than try to eradicate all the mold.

 

—> Removal and Clean-Up Methods

The main purpose of mold clean-up is to get rid of any mold as well as fungal-growth. Simply eradicating the mold with a biocide won’t be enough, the mold needs to actually be removed because it contains proteins and chemicals that are dangerous to humans, even when it’s dead.

 

—> Mold Exposure Evaluation

Before you start mold remediation, you must assess the area that is infected and approach it properly:

-Assess area, check for hidden mold
-Fix moisture problems before cleaning up moldy area
-If area is large, hire a remediation manager
-Identify water or moisture source
-Check ventilation systems and air ducts
-Always consult a professional if you have questions or are unsure

 

—> Recommended Cleaning

These types of cleaning methods should only be performed by a trained professional.

Firstly, remove any objects near the area that may be contaminated, dispose of the objects according to your local state and federal rules. You could expose yourself to asbestos, so call a trained professional to avoid serious injury. Dispose of your HVAC filter as it may be contaminated. Remove all insulation or debris and clean all parts of your HVAC system to prevent further contamination. Use a HEPA-filter vacuum if vacuuming the area. After turning it off, disinfect all parts of your HVAC system. You can use 1 cup of regular bleach combined with a gallon of water. Use fans to to filter contaminated odours and air outdoors.

Note: If your HVAC components are too damaged to be cleaned, you must remove and dispose of them properly and replace them with new parts. Have your new system tested by an expert before using it again.

 

—> Proper Attire for Removal

Firstly, avoid breathing in mold or any mold spores, to ensure this wear a respirator or face- mask. Follow instructions properly. You should also be wearing protective clothing such as hazmat coveralls to keep particles from touching your skin or entering and cuts.

Also be sure to wear either rubber, polyurethane or nitrile gloves so no disinfectants get on your skin. If you’re using only a half-face mask, you should be wearing goggles as well to keep spores from entering your mucus membrane. The proper goggles should have holes for ventilation so no particles can get in. This is where a full-face respirator are a great idea because the air you breathe in is directed to inside lens so it doesn’t fog up your vision as you work.

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