Basement Water Problems
Do you have wet basement walls, damp carpets, or rusty appliances and floor vents? Then you may have a basement water problem. A wet basement is more than just a headache; it can create additional problems in your home like wet drywall, high energy bills and even causes health problems.
What Do I Need To Do First?
First you need to find the source of your basement water problems.
Start by scrolling through the images below to learn about common basement water problems.
Can I Fix My Basement Myself?
Fixing your wet basement involves more than putting an epoxy over wall cracks or installing a sump pump. Basement waterproofing should be done by a basement waterproofing and foundation repair professional.
After all, those cracks in your basement walls or floor could indicate that you have a foundation problem that’s causing the leaks. And you don’t want just anyone fixing your basement foundation.
Is My Wet Basement a Serious Concern?
Yes! Increased health problems such as allergies and asthma, acid damage, high electric bills and concrete spalling are all the result of having moisture issues in your basement. Understand what you need to be concerned about:
Increased Health Problems
High humidity in your basement could be to blame for your allergy and asthma problems. Mold, mildew and dust mites love high basement humidity. All of these health hazards thrive in areas that are over 50% humidity. The only way you can get rid of mold, mildew and dust mites is to dry out your basement. Once you’re basement is waterproofed and dry, the dust mites will die and it’s impossible for mold and mildew to grow.
Brown, rust colored stains on block or concrete walls are a sign of acid damage. If your home is built in an area with clay soil, which is very acidic, then you may notice acid damage. Hydrostatic pressure pushes the water through the clay and cracks in your basement foundation. The concrete foundation wall acts like a filter, cleaning the water as it’s pushed through the wall, leaving behind ugly brown stains. Acid damage will weaken and deteriorate your basement foundation, which can lead to other problems.
High Electric Bills
High electric bills could be a sign that you have high basement humidity. While basement humidity seems like nothing more than a discomfort, it can cost you up to 10-15% in high electric bills in addition to creating other problems like wood rot, mold and wet drywall.
Concrete Spalling (Chipping Walls)
Concrete spalling is the deterioration of the concrete, which causes pieces to chip and fall off. Concrete spalling is caused by high pressure and water damage – both of which occur when you add hydrostatic pressure into the equation.
What Do I Do Now?
If you think you have a basement waterproofing problem request a free basement inspection and have one of our certified basement waterproofing consultants will visit your home and conduct and in-depth investigation of your home’s basement foundation.
Every one of our basement waterproofing consultants has received extensive training from our team of Professional Engineers, and participates in manufacturer workshops, continuing their education in basement waterproofing solutions, and staying up-to-date on the latest technologies, installation techniques and best practices.
After your free inspection, the basement waterproofing consultant will share their findings with you and design a custom solution for your home. Sometimes we’ll find that your home doesn’t need basement waterproofing, and we’ll tell you. At JES, we believe in helping you find the solution, not create additional problems by trying to sell you a product you don’t need. Call us with questions, 757-301-4820; we’re here to help you!
Basement Waterproofing Solutions
Our professional basement waterproofing consultants will work with you, every step of the way, to design the best basement waterproofing solution for your home’s leaky basement floor crack.
Free Homeowner’s Guide to Basement Waterproofing
Tired of your basement leaking every time it rains? Or wondering if those cracks are a sign that you have a bigger problem?
Our Homeowner’s Guide to Basement Waterproofing is your resource for learning about why you have a wet basement, what causes soil settling and what to look for to see if you have a problem. Request your free basement inspection and receive your own copy of the e-book, as our thanks for putting your trust in JES.