what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

Understanding Some Of The Problems That Can Cause Your Basement Waterproofing To Fail


Homes built on basements are subject to water problems, which are caused by failure of drainage and waterproofing systems. Usually, the problems with waterproofing start with poor draining and damage to waterproofing. Static water pressure against foundation walls is the cause of all these issues, and problems can be avoided by doing some of the following improvements to your basement foundation:

1. Backfill with Poor Drainage That Causes Static Water Pressure Problems

One of the reasons that basements have so many problems with water is because excavations are done, and then backfill is put in place. The poor soil compaction and drainage cause soils to erode and water to build up against your foundation. The water causes a force called static water pressure, which pushes against walls and cracks concrete. To prevent these problems, make sure you have good drainage the drains away from your home.

2. Cracked Foundation Walls Leading to Flooding in Your Basement

Foundations are cracked due to pressure of the soil and ground water against them. This cracking will eventually lead to the failure of water proofing. To prevent damage to the foundation, you will want to improve drainage and repair the cracks in the concrete. A foundation repair contractor will be able to apply a special sealant and bonding agent to the cracks to seal them. Usually, the foundation repairs are only guaranteed for a certain amount of years, so you must have them inspected regularly to ensure they are holding up. With the drainage improvements, the repairs to your foundation will last longer and not need as many repairs in the future.

3. Failing Waterproofing Sealants Causing Leaks and Moisture Problems

Waterproofing sealants have changed over the decades. Many of the older products were asphalt-based sealants, which over time, would dry out and crack. Cracks in the waterproofing lead to leaks in your basement and water damage. To avoid this problem, consider having a new waterproofing system installed if you can afford it. In addition, installing a French drain system is another solution to help deal with any water that does get in your basement. French drains also help with other issues, such as moisture, plumbing, and other water problems in your basement.

These are some of the foundation waterproofing problems that you may have with your home. If your basement has water or moisture problems, contact a mold removal service like Authorized Services to help with cleaning the basement. In addition, make sure that the repairs are done to prevent the water problems from coming back.


26 January 2017