Dry Basements & Crawl Spaces Make Healthy Homes

Breathe Easy With A Dry Basement

Between 40-50% of the air you breathe in your home originates in your basement or crawl space. If your home has a water problem, mold and mildew can grow quickly. Mold spores will release into the air and cause a wide variety of health problems ranging from small problems like runny noses and watery eyes to causing breathing problems and certain types of cancer.

Protecting you and your family from mold-related health issues is important. Young children, the elderly, and people with existing conditions are the most susceptible to the side effects of mold spores. It is important that you help keep your basement or crawl space dry, to keep everyone safe.

Wet Basements & Crawl Spaces Can Damage Your Home

wet basementWater needs only a hairline crack to enter your home from the outside. Excess humidity can also occur from poor ventilation, leaking pipes, and other sources. You may not notice standing water and still have a water problem. Some things to look for are rust on metal appliances or fixtures, musty odors, insect infestations, and water stains.

In addition to airborne health problems, excess water can damage your belongings, electrical systems, and furniture. Water can also damage the structure of your home, weaken supports, damaging drywall, and rusting metal fixtures. In some cases, you may notice warped stairs or sagging floors, in addition to sticking doors or windows. Even concrete or brick walls can be damaged by water over time.

If you suspect you have a water problem, you should have your property inspected. A small crack may be the first indicator of a much bigger problem happening behind it. There may be water behind the foundation wall, pushing against it. Eventually, this wall will bow, lean, or possible collapse from the pressure. An experienced inspector can determine the cause of the water problems and suggest the best method of stopping the cause and repairing the damage.

The Right Solution for the Right Problem

Waterproofing solutions are not a “one-size-fits-all” type of thing. Every situation is different and some may even have a couple of different problems that need to be addressed. An expert from Foundation Support Specialists can inspect your property and come up with the solution that best fits your home’s situation.

You may need exterior or interior waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, or French drains. After our inspector looks around and determines what the situation is, they’ll provide you with a comprehensive report and free estimate.

Exterior Waterproofing

exterior drainageKeeping the water from even reaching your home is the most effective method of keeping your basement or crawl space dry. There are some simple things you can do, like making sure gutters are clear and downspouts empty 10 feet or more from your foundation. But there are some things you can’t do yourself and that’s where the foundation experts from Foundation Support Specialists step in.

We can install exterior waterproofing solutions such as drywells, channel drains, and sub-surface drainage. It doesn’t matter what kind of foundation you have: slab, basement, or crawl space, our waterproofing solutions can keep your home dry.

  • Drywells contain storm water runoff, keeping it from entering your home.
  • Channel Drains diverts runoff away from your foundation and can be used both commercially and residentially.
  • Sub-Surface Drainage prevents water from entering your foundation, keeping your basement dry.

Interior Waterproofing

There are several reasons why you would need interior waterproofing in place of, or to complement your exterior waterproofing. Foundation Support Specialists can determine the best mix of waterproofing methods, to give you the best result.

It may take a combination of things like sump pumps, carbon fiber, and crack injection solutions to keep your basement or crawl space dry. We prefer Zoeller and Pro Series sump pumps. They are reliable and effective. We’ll make sure that you have the right size for your situation, saving you energy costs, in addition to giving you the right protection. Rhino Carbon Fiber is our choice for repairing bowed walls and cracked walls, helping to keep your basement dry. This is a strong and long lasting solution that will give you excellent results. If cracks are a problem, we can use crack injection to fill and strengthen the wall or floor crack. These cracks will seal tight, whether they are water or air leaks.

Crawl Space Encapsulation

encapsulationUsing a combination of dehumidifiers and vapor barriers, Foundation Support Specialists can make your crawl space healthy, usable, and safe. Encapsulating your crawl space can also prevent mold and mildew. The vapor barriers from Earth Contact Products (ECP) are known for their strength and durability. Once installed, you can use your crawl space for storage and access wiring or plumbing without getting filthy. We recommend installing a Santa Fe Dehumidifier once the crawl space is encapsulated.

French Drains

EZFlow’s French drain system is an easy to install alternative to the classic French drain. Used everywhere from golf courses to backyards, the EZFlow French Drain is easy to install, as you don’t have to bring in truckloads of gravel for aggregate. The drains are surrounded by a sock that is full of a poly-rock aggregate that has flow channels built in.

Keep Your Home Dry and Safe

With waterproofing solutions from Foundation Support Specialists, you can’t go wrong. We have expert installers, world class products, free estimates, easy financing options, and the best customer service in the industry. Contact us today to learn more about how we can keep your home safe, comfortable, and dry.

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