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Basement Waterproofing Solutions Frequently Asked Questions
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 BWS?
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.
“The resulting repair results have been truly outstanding. Your men performed mold remediation and structural repair in an outstanding and professional manner to correct and resolve the water leakage problem in my basement.
In my view, they worked untiringly and were exact in everything accomplished in the job as well as cleaning up after the area after the job was completed.
Thank you for your dedicated work. I will be highly recommending your business to all my clients and friends.”
“All of your crew were very nice, introduced themselves, and shook my hand. They were efficient, and I was impressed with their concern when it came to shielding the rest of my house from dust and debris.
I normally do most of the work on my house msyelf. When I have paid in the past for a professional, I have been disappointed for one reason or another. I must say I was blown away by your companies professionalisms, efficiency, and attention to detail.”
“I have dealt with asthma and allergy symptoms for 30 years. I called David Horner, the owner of Basement Waterproofing Solutions, and told him what had been transpiring. He said he could be at my house in 30 minutes to give me an estimate.
He went over the basement and explained what he would do so that I could end up with a new, dry basement. I was never pressured to sign a contract or give money.
During the renovations, they took care of every concern I had, and they even went above and beyond and fixed some old cement they thought would trip me up.
I no longer have to take asthma medicine or inhalers, my cough is gone, and I am enjoying my bright, clean, and dry basement.”
“We are very pleased with the work that your crew did. They did an excellent job in cementing back the floor that was opened for the drainage pits.
After the job was completed, we had 3 other contractors (carpet, carpenter, and plumber) come into our basement and they all remarked that they had never before witnessed a job as well done as the one done by your company.
Thank you very much for your work and the cleanup that occurred after the job was done. “