The problem with a basement is that it has a typically stagnant environment. It doesn’t really get aired out or get exposed to the sun, which means that moisture and water accumulation can be a huge problem. You would have to deal with excess humidity and all the troubles that go with it such as mold growth.
The good news is that there are foundation repair specialists that can easily take care of the problem in four rather easy steps.
The first thing you will need to do is to remove the water. This is where the tools that professionals use can get handy. Experts have a sump pump that can make the process easier; however, if there isn’t much water, a washcloth would do. This is technically not a part of the basement waterproofing process, but it is a necessary step.
2. Complete Basement Foundation Repair
Wet basements are typically the result of a compromised foundation. Water seeps through cracks in the foundation and while these cracks are not exactly immediately dangerous to your home, they can cause major problems if they are left alone for a long time — say, a decade. This is why complete foundation repair is a major step. This is achieved by the process of basement sealing.
A sealant is used in this process; a narrow hollow tube (much like a straw) is used to spray the substance into the cracks and it turns into a thick and waterproof foam when it gets in contact with water. Experts understand that the best time to do so is when the cracks are dry (although arrangements can be made if the foundation is still wet and you need to get the task done as soon as possible). The foam would be activated by spraying a small amount of water on the area.
3. Basement waterproofing
Now, you might think that as soon as the cracks are filled and there are no more leaks, you are good to go, but that’s not it. It’s possible for the basement to get all wet again and it’s because concrete is naturally porous. Waterproofing paint will have to be applied on the surface and in some cases, an interior membrane between the inner walls and the concrete would be recommended.
Basement waterproofing experts would have to look at every pipe and conduit that connects the basement to the outside. This is because water may leak in because of such an opening, and all your waterproofing efforts would be wasted.
4. Damage Repair and Mold Removal
After making sure that the basement is properly sealed, the mold removal professionals would have to do something about the damage already done. Of course, you would have to replace the damaged parts yourself but the experts can remove and get rid of materials contaminated by mold; they can also clean and disinfect the surfaces (the process of applying disinfectant is usually optional though). The experts could also give you tips on how to deal with mold. Note that with the humid nature of the basement, mold is likely to come back so you will have to keep an eye out.
Remember that there is no such thing as basement waterproofing, although a quality job can last for as long as several years. The interior membrane may crack due to changes in the soil structure and earthquakes. You may need to reapply waterproof paint again and take care of the cracks. Just keep an eye out and engage in basement waterproofing when the need arises.
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