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5 Tips To Safely Renovating A Damp Or Wet Basement

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  • Tip #1: Ask yourself how wet is my basement? Is your basement damp, stuffy, or humid…. Is there a lake in my basement? Regardless of how wet your basement could be it is always good to get consulting, to understand your options. Whether you need a sump pump or not there are many methods for keeping water from intruding into your basement.
  • Tip #2: Ask yourself how frequently is water showing up and is it staying? As concrete is very porous material water likes to pass through very easily so your problem may be because the water table around your home is so high that the easiest path of travel for water is your basement.
  • Tip #3: Ask yourself how long has the water been in the basement? This is a very important question to ask because in most cases if the water has sat in the basement for an extended period of time there could be mold growth.
  • Tip #4: Dry It Up. If you have a damp or wet basement, you have to fix it before you start any finishing work. The good news is that most water problems can be remedied by two measures: grading the soil to slope away from the foundation and adding or repairing gutters and downspouts. If these steps don’t work, you’ll have to take more extreme measures which we are happy to assess and review. Eliminating water problems is critical to prevent a moldy and ruined finished basement.

  • Tip #5: A calcium chloride test. In a calcium chloride test, which is usually conducted in three locations for every 1000 square feet of flooring, you’ll place carefully weighed calcium hydroxide into a container, which is covered by a plastic seal. After 72 hours, you can weigh the container again. Any extra weight in the container is due to water evaporation, usually from a concrete basement floor.

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What are carbon straps and why are they important in a basement renovation project?

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Many contractors, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers are eager to pull the trigger on renovating their basement but there could be one major issue on your hands if you miss this very important step. I am talking about a weakened or cracked foundation retaining wall. Just image if you sunk 10s of thousands dollars into the prefect mancave or hobby room that you have always dreamed about and boom . . .  water leakage. Now before you get mislead these carbon reinforcing straps themselves will not stop the water from entering your basement, but they are an essential part of the preventive measures to stop your nightmare from coming true.

At its core, a carbon reinforcing strap is a carbon fiber-based material that is woven and boned together by an epoxy based coating. The purpose they serve is to reinforce your building’s concrete retaining wall so that the soil pressure over time does not cause new or further cracking of the retaining wall. This is important in keeping the structural integrity in your building, as well as controlling water penetration into the basement. They are installed by cleaning the existing concrete block and applying a heavy duty epoxy coating to the wall.  Then, applying additional pressure when the strap is in place. It is also very important to seal exiting cracks that have formed in the wall with a polyethene base caulk or with the same heavy duty epoxy used to secure the strips on the wall. This is a critical step in ensuring that your home or building is safe.

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WHAT ARE TYPICAL METHODS TO CONTROL WATER AND PREVENT WATER PENETRATION INTO A BASEMENT OR CRAWLSPACE?

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WHAT ARE TYPICAL METHODS TO CONTROL WATER AND PREVENT WATER PENETRATION INTO A BASEMENT OR CRAWLSPACE?

Water-control proofing methods are actually water-control methods. The water needs to be controlled to prevent it from penetrating the basement foundation or floor to divert it away from the building.

Water seepage in basement and crawl spaces usually occurs over long periods of time and can be caused by numerous factors.

A FULL assessment to identify the source of the problem is highly recommended and typically takes only 30 minutes to 2 hours and could involve:

  • Visual Walk-Through of the basement, crawl space, exterior of the property, and surrounding landscape
  • Pictures and drawings
  • Testing, if necessary
  • Written report of findings
  • Estimate including options for repair and price quote

Water-control methods could involve:

  • Proper landscaping
  • Repair or installation of proper gutter systems
  • Interior wall and floor sealers
  • Interior water drainage
  • Exterior drainage
  • Exterior waterproofing coatings
  • Foundation crack injections
  • Structural repairs to foundation walls

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November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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IS YOUR BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE suffering from overexposure to moisture?

In the case where a crawlspace has been infiltrated with water over a period of 12 hours or longer, mold remediation is crucial to bring the area back to a safe condition prior to any waterproofing or mitigation.

Most likely, whether visible or not, after an area has remained damp or moist for a period of time, a mold contamination may exist. Remember mold remediation is futile unless the source of the moisture has been addressed. Otherwise, the next high humidity, moisture, or water event will bring the mold right back.

Addressing water-control / moisture-control and mold go hand-in-hand.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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DEHUMIDIFIER IS YOUR BASEMENT’S BEST FRIEND!

A proper dehumidification system will include a system to capture the water produced and exhaust it to the outside so there is no dependence of building occupants or maintenance personnel to empty the dehumidifier.

Between vacations and distractions, the chances are that there would be times when the dehumidifier was not emptied in a timely fashion. Such events would lead to high humidity episodes, which leads to opportunities for mold growth.

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SO, WE’VE GOT A WET BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE! WHERE DO WE START? – PART I

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Having a full assessment is the wisest move.  Stories are rampant of building owners who have paid for extensive and expensive waterproofing systems … only to find that by making other water-control repairs they could have avoided installation of such a system.

Needed gutter repairs is a great example:  The rainwater pours off the roof, around and through the deteriorating gutter system, down the foundation wall of the building and right into the newly installed French drains.  However, if the gutters had been repaired, the need for the French drains would have been eliminated.

In performing a full assessment, all sources of water are being identified, whether they are coming from landscaping issues, issues with the exterior systems of the building, or issues with the interior systems of the building.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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Warning signs that indicate a moisture problem exists in a basement or crawl space should be followed by a full assessment.

WET ALERTS include:

  • Humidity over 60%, which may indicate moisture exists but the source may be hidden … a leaking pipe, water lying against the exterior walls, water entering cracks in walls.
  • Condensation on structural components or other components within the space, which may indicate that warm moist air is entering the cooled area.
  • Peeling paint, which may indicate water is seeping under the paint and causing it to bubble.
  • Cracked walls, which may indicate that severe pressure is occurring under the floor or behind the wall. This could lead to structural damage as well.
  • Cracked walls, which may indicate that the concrete was not allowed to cure properly or that pockets of air were not properly removed during the initial installation of the foundation. Water will then force its way through the wall.
  • A coating of efflorescense on the wall, which indicates that moisture may be seeping through the wall. Efflorescense is the salt and chemical residue from either the soil or concrete wall.
  • Buckling or bowed-in walls, which may indicate severe pressure behind the wall. It may have originally been hydrostatic pressure or water pressure, but over time it could transition to the pressure coming from the weight of the soil pressing against the foundation walls.
  • Mold, which may indicate high-humidity events or moisture events.
  • Puddles, which may indicate that the footings are too narrow or not laid deep enough, causing them to be susceptible to movement caused by soil erosion.

Although multiple signs seem to become evident all at once, quite often the problems were gradual and unnoticed.  Water problems can also originate because of one event such as local dynamiting, a storm that saturates the ground, or recent changes to landscaping.  All these events can also change the composition of the ground around the basement or crawl space creating new water entry paths.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.

November’s Breathe Healthy Initiative Topic: Wet Basements and Crawlspaces

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Maintaining the overall health of a basement or crawlspace is crucial to the health of a building.  The structural components of a building are equivalent to the bone system of our body – the basement or crawlspace is equivalent to the pelvis and lower back. When the pelvis or lower back are injured or deteriorating, it affects the body’s overall health. The same is true with a basement and crawlspaces.

This fact has been confirmed by tracer gas studies, which documented that a building’s crawlspace or basement communicates with the occupied spaces above. Approximately 40% of the air in our buildings originates from these areas.

To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.