Is Your Roof Leak Damaging The Foundation Of Your Home?

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementThere are a few companies that believe customer service can be as important as it is.  And fewer companies that can tell you straight out that they do not have a trained sales team or sales presentation, because their work and customer satisfaction speak for themselves. We at Pioneer Basement Solutions can tell you exactly that.  We have been in business since 1979 and have enjoyed and celebrated 35 years of perfect customer satisfaction.  Our work speaks for itself, and we have enjoyed having you as a customer.  If you need information about basement solutions for your home, call us, we will be happy to talk to you and offer a solution that makes sense.  Follow the links below for more information about basement’s repairs and solutions, and have a Safe and Happy 2015!

Answers to Your Questions on Basements

Question: We have a crack in our basement wall that leaks in the spring when the ground is still frozen but the snow is melting fast. Is it better to just fill the crack with a sealant or should we grind out the crack, cleaning it, and then fill it?

Answer: Thank you for sending your question in. This is a problem that a lot of new homes have. You can try to patch the crack but we have found that for long-term that does not work. You have two options for a fix:

The first is a Polyurethane Injection. We drill holes in the wall about three inches away from the crack and pump urethane into the crack. This gives a complete seal through the entire crack, inside to out. But we have found that over time the urethane shrinks and the crack leaks again.

The second option is a FlexiSpan. Basement Systems has developed a breakthrough crack repair method which is patent pending. The FlexiSpan crack repair method eliminates messy, unreliable epoxy or urethane injections. It is revolutionary, permanent, and it works every time. We seal the crack with a special, flexible sealant on the surface of the crack from top to bottom. This bead will slow — and in many cases stop — the flow of water through the crack.

Save water by repairing roof leaks

Even a small roof leak can result in serious damage to your home’s structure, as well as wasting substantial amounts of water. What’s more, it may lead to mold growth, which is hazardous to human health. Find the source of your leaky roof and take care of the necessary roof leak repair fast before it ends up costing you a bundle of cash and aggravation.

Signs of a Leak

The sound or sight of dripping water is an obvious indication of a trouble spot. However, it may not be quite that easy to detect. If you have any hint of a leak in your roof, you might need to do some in-depth investigative work. Suspicious signs include a ceiling, wall, or floor which has wet, stained, or discolored patches; unexplained bulges; or peeling paint. Alternatively, you could smell a musty odor in the vicinity.

Look in the Attic

The next step, if you have access to the attic, is to try going up there — armed with a flashlight if necessary — to have a good hard look around. Chances are that the water stains will be even worse in the attic than on your ceiling and will help you locate where the leak is allowing liquid to penetrate. You may even spy evidence of mold.

Basement Waterproofing Systems

There are dozens of basement waterproofing companies that sell and install basement waterproofing systems of all different names which can be very confusing. The last thing many of these basement waterproofing companies want you to think is that what they do is simple or common, so they come up with all kinds of patented names and fancy presentations.

The truth is, there are only three places you can get basement water leaks and they are: basement walls, basement floor and the seam where the floor meets the walls.

There are only two types of water that can give you basement water leaks and they are surface water and ground water.

All basement waterproofing systems involve a drain that moves water away from your foundation. These drains are either on the outside or the inside, thus you have:

Interior basement waterproofing systems are best suited for ground water problems that cause water leaks where the wall meets the floor or leaks up through the basement floor.  If your walls are in good shape and not wet other than the very bottom this may be the best basement fix for you.

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