7 Ways Wet Or Damp Basements Can Threaten Your Family’s Well-being…
- Mildew growth contributes to breathing problems and asthma
- Mold can lead to eye, nose and skin irritation
- Breeding ground for black mold which can cause headaches, fevers and respiratory problems
- Loss of living space
- Electrical shock hazards
- Financial and emotional impact or damaged belongings
- Financial impact of damaged or devalued home
Some people may be able to tolerate the smells and hassles of a damp basement. However, all homeowners should be aware that when left unresolved a wet basement can be dangerous to your health. A wet basement can also cause structural foundation damage and can lead to eventual wall buckling or collapse.
Do You Need A Professional Waterproofer?
Professional basement waterproofing may be needed if any of these conditions exist in your basement:
- Stale or musty odor
- Visible mildew or mold
- Evidence of dampness or moisture
- Leaks or standing water
- Cracked foundation walls
- Drain or sewer backups
Even if you do not see evidence of water issues, the presence of a stale or musty odor alone is reason to call in a professional. Water can hide in many places that are not visible – even inside the concrete blocks of a wall.
Options For A Wet Basement
- Interior system
- Exterior system
Why Interior Basement Waterproofing Systems Aren’t The Answer
An interior waterproofing system is installed inside the home in the basement. It does not stop water from penetrating the exterior walls. This means that the damage to the foundation walls continues and the water will eventually weaken the foundation walls. Additionally the water is intentionally brought into the basement and then removed from the basement with the use of a sump well and pump. During an electrical outage the sump well can overflow and flood the basement.
Vapor barriers are sheets of solid plastic or vinyl. They are applied directly to the foundation wall. Since these barriers do not prevent water from getting into the foundation wall they will not prevent damage to the foundation of the home.
Paint products are not useful for basement waterproofing. They are meant to be used to prevent water penetration on walls that are not below ground. They may prevent dampness for a short period of time but water coming through a foundation wall will cause the paint to peal from the wall.
Inside systems treat the symptoms of a wet basement, not the source. They allow expensive damage to continue happening to your home. That’s why we don’t install any type of interior waterproofing.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing System
In short, exterior basement waterproofing involves excavating to expose the foundation wall, replacing the drainage system, sealing exterior wall and backfilling. For many home owners the extent of this work sounds scary, intimidating, messy and expensive. That’s understandable so let’s talk about it.
First off, let’s go over the expense – while each home is unique it is not unusual to find that having a proper exterior system installed is comparable to a full interior system. In other words, fixing your basement water problem may not be much different in price then just treating the symptoms. Sadly some people have had interior systems installed that did not resolve their basement water issue and then had to pay to have an exterior system installed. Now that’s expensive.
If you’ve lost some of your possessions to water damage you know that there is a cost involved in replacing damaged items. Other items that are damaged in your basement from long term exposure to dampness – like furnace damage, appliance metal erosion, warping or weakening of woods and flooring and dry rot – may be harder to put a price on but it can certainly lead to a big expense.
Did you know it is estimated that a wet basement can decrease your home value by 10 to 25%? Or that residential real estate professionals say you can expect to get back 150% of the money you put into keeping your basement dry? A dry basement and extra living space is an asset to the value of your home.
And there’s no putting a price on the value of your health. But just what could it cost to treat breathing problems; asthma; eye, nose and skin irritation; headaches; fevers; and other respiratory problems caused by mildew and mold? That can be burden on your budget in times of soaring healthcare costs.
So I think we can agree that there is a positive return on your investment for waterproofing your basement.
Still, won’t it be messy? Okay, somewhat – but briefly. The average waterproofing project only takes three days to complete. The biggest complaint homeowners have about mess is due to dirt on their driveway and/or street and ruts in their lawns from the heavy equipment. A professional waterproofing contractor has a well-maintained fleet of trucks and equipment that allows them to keep clean up to a minimum. They also take the time to clean up after themselves and to fix the ruts. It’s an important point to keep in mind when choosing your contractor.
With the right contractor, your project can include landscape restoration so that your home looks as beautiful, or even more beautiful, after the project as it did before.
Does it still seem scary and intimidating? That’s where business-like, professional people become even more important. Working with a contractor who understands professionalism and will explain your specific project to you will ease your fears. After working with a well run organization that stands behind their work you’ll appreciate how easy they made your project seem.
Choosing The Basement Waterproofer For Your Home
Your complete satisfaction results in our success at ALBA Contractors, Inc. There are some things that we do differently or better than others. Knowing these can help you make a better decision:
A Job Done Right – ALBA will excavate to a level below the footer to ensure the job is properly done. Some area contractors only excavate the top two feet no matter the depth of your basement.
Well-Maintained Fleet – ALBA takes care of our trucks and equipment. This reduces breakdowns that can cause delays in a project. It also allows us to keep cleanup at your home to a minimum.
Clean-Up – ALBA provides the best clean-up of any contractor in town. We won’t leave the clean up for you to do.
No More Ruts – If our equipment has caused any ruts in your yard we’ll even fix up your lawn for you – again, all for Free.
No Short Cuts – The right and quoted materials will be used for your project. We will never substitute a lower grade, quality or size material for the right materials for your project.
Wall Repair – ALBA has the expertise to properly repair or replace foundation walls damaged by water infiltration.
No Corner Cutting – Excavation work requires proper shoring to protect your home and the people working on the project. ALBA complies with all OSHA requirements to protect from wall cave in or damage to your foundation. Other contractors may or may not and you could be held liable if they do not.
No Subs – None of the work on your home is subcontracted to other companies. All work is performed by employees of ALBA.
Professional – From work crews to office staff everyone at ALBA is trained to be professional and courteous. All crew members are well trained and participate in continuing education.
Technologically Advanced – From the professional quote you receive to our ability to communicate with you and our crews, we know how to use technology to make your project easier for you.
Reputation – ALBA has a long standing reputation of being reliable and dependable. This is evidenced through our 20 years in business and our extensive list of highly satisfied customers.
Support – We stand behind our work from start to finish. You will not have any issues getting in contract with us before, during or after your project is done.
Give yourself the peace of mind that comes from having a job done by a well run organization that stands behind their work.
Call ALBA today at 440-974-9085
- Protect your home and financial investment
- Gain living space for a home office, family room, play room, fitness room and more
- Increase dry, safe storage space
- Raise property value
- Alleviate worries
- Protect your belongings and appliances
- Achieve a healthier home environment
Free basement inspections and estimates are provided so don’t delay, contact us today.