Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why does my basement get water sometimes and sometimes not?
Although many factors can contribute to water intrusion into your basement or crawl space, the primary cause is hydrostatic pressure. When the ground under and around your home is saturated, the rising “false” water table exerts an abnormal amount of lateral pressure on the walls and hydrostatic pressure on the floor, trying to lift the house out of the ground. These conditions are determined by how much rain we get, snow melts, soil type and underground springs, to name a few.
Is there anything I can do to solve my problem?
Perhaps. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in working order, keep debris from window wells and add covers. Check to see that the grading around the house is sloped away from the structure. If, after all of these precautions are maintained and you still get seepage, Basement Waterproofing Solutions should really come out to evaluate your situation.
Can a sealant or waterproof paint correct this problem?
There are two very important things to consider here. First, any product used on the inside of the basement walls is a “barrier method” designed to trap the water and keep it from entering the basement. Second, it is not a permanent solution, and do we want to create a dam inside your walls that would put even more lateral and hydrostatic pressure on the structure?
Paints and sealants are fine for occasional damp spots, but, over the long haul, they cannot keep water intrusion from happening. In fact, they can make a problem worse by keeping the stored water in the wall and creating deterioration of the lower wall.
Is there any cost or obligation in order to receive a consultation from Basement Waterproofing Solutions?
Absolutely not. We will set any time that is convenient with you and/or your significant other, do an inspection, explain what the causes are, design a guaranteed solution to your specific problem and leave you with a written proposal to evaluate.