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Prevent a Wet Basement

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It’s called April Showers for a reason. The environment welcomes the surplus of warm rain, but a homeowner with cracks in their basement isn’t so welcoming.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), April 2017 was the second wettest April in the 123-year period of record. Above-average precipitation was observed across a large portion of the nation, including much-above-average precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic. Even record precipitation was observed in parts of the Mid-Atlantic.

A wet basement can cause structural damage, create mold and mildew problems, and ruin materials or items stored in the space.

Just HOW does water get into your basement? Read More

Signs of Water Leakage

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Dampness.

A musty odor.

Cracks on the walls or floors.

Discoloration or white powder on the walls.

 

Does this describe your basement?

 

These are signs of water leakage and excessive humidity.

One of the most common areas where water seeps into basements is where the basement wall meets the floor. The main cause of this water seepage is called Hydrostatic water pressure. This pressure can force water into a seam or weak point in the foundation, primarily the cold joint, where different pours of concrete meet. Because wet concrete will not bond to dry concrete, this creates spaces.

There’s a way to control that Hydrostatic water pressure. It is a simple vinyl baseboard which is bonded to the floor and sits next to the wall. In a finished home, it takes the place of baseboard trim.

This system:

1.  Affordable

2.  Non-invasive

3.  Can be installed in finished and non-finished homes.

4.  Can be painted.

5.  Only deals with seepage that enters the structure so humidity levels are not increased.

6.  Can easily be sealed if radon gas is a concern or problem.

 

The epoxy used is stronger than concrete.

It will:

1.  NOT break down over time.

2.  Set up in wet environments. Already have a wet basement? Doesn’t matter! You don’t have to wait until your basement is dry to fix it.

Don’t Let Melting Snow Seep into Your Basement

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Rain is a well-known enemy of a basement. Downpours can lead to floods in minutes, causing a wet basement, and in turn, can create an ideal environment for mold to grow.

But as we head into the colder months, much of that rain won’t be rain anymore and instead will be pure white fluffy snow!

Melting snow is just as much of a menace as rain.

The rule of thumb is that each 10 inches of snow, melted, would produce one inch of water. That’s 2,715 gallons of water per acre. But the actual amount can vary significantly depending on the consistency of the snow. Heavy, wet snow has a very high water content. 4 or 5 inches of that snow can contain about one inch of water, while it may take 20 inches of dry, powdery snow to equal one inch of water.

So even a minor snow melt can deposit thousands of gallons of water around the foundation of your house.

Don’t get caught off-guard by melting snow and wet basement!