Frequently Asked Questions About Waterproofing Basement Walls
All things in life tend to have a natural enemy. For your basement, that natural enemy is moisture. Unfortunately, because your basement is built below ground level, your basement walls face a daily battle to keep moisture from damaging them.
Keeping your basement dry can seem an impossibility, but it is something that you need to work hard to achieve. If you have damp basement walls or notice puddles forming regularly within your basement, you could have a problem that may take thousands of dollars to make right. It’s best to confront the issues before they’ve even begun, and you do that with basement waterproofing.
Investing in Basement Waterproofing Can Save You Thousands of Dollars in Foundation Repairs
When your home is constructed, reasonable steps are taken to make your basement as waterproof as possible – nobody wants a leaky basement from the get-go! However, the issue with new builds is that they take time to settle. Over time the pressure from the weight of the new structure will cause it to sink a little into the ground, no matter how sturdy the foundation upon which the building is built.
Settling causes cracks – this is something that cannot be avoided as no one can predict how a structure will settle and where those cracks will appear. Because your basement may be a room you use infrequently, cracks in your basement walls are not noticed.
The problems for basement walls begin once a crack has appeared. The pressure of the structure and ground external to your basement usually causes such cracks to worsen. Then, moisture from the ground begins to seep into those cracks, weakening your walls even further. The moisture also seeps into the air within your basement as it evaporates, making your basement a humid place. Unfortunately, mold and mildew love damp, humid areas, and a damp basement wall is their perfect breeding ground.
The First Step for Basement Waterproofing is Finding a Reputable and Experienced Contractor
It can be quite the undertaking to waterproof your basement yourself. You can, of course, repair any cracks you find yourself in, and that is better than leaving cracks unattended. However, if you want to prolong the life of your home and perhaps save yourself thousands of dollars in the process, then it is well worth contacting the right people.
In the first instance, any competent waterproofing company will undertake an evaluation of the current state of your basement before they discuss any other matters with you, so you have nothing to lose. You can expect a thorough inspection, both internally of your basement and externally of the ground surrounding it. The waterproofing company will then explain the steps they feel they need to take to get your basement fully waterproofed. This will include repairing all cracks and resolving any problems with your foundation and may consist of installing a sump pump or repairs to any sump pump if you already have one.
At Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we have become known as the best residential and commercial waterproofing company in Michigan, and that’s a title we have worked towards since we started our business in 1975. We will provide you with the best basement waterproofing services available anywhere, and we could end up saving you thousands of dollars. All our basement waterproofing solutions are 100 percent guaranteed for added peace of mind.
To speak to us, please get in touch with us at (586) 949-7826 or (586) 776-7270 or via email using our online contact form.