Tips For Maintaining A Dry Basement

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The cost associated with waterproofing your basement depends on which company you are contacting about doing the job in your home.  There are many companies out there that selling you expensive over inflated solutions to waterproof your basement is their norm.  Scaring homeowners into thinking that if you do not sign the contract that day, the sale price will go up, mold in the basement will triplicate overnight, and many other scary tactics that have no place in business.  Well known companies that spend a lot of money in advertising may not offer the best price nor the solution that is more logical for your home and wallet. Contact us and check our BBB rating before you signed the contract elsewhere.  We will be happy to talk to you.


Basement Waterproofing Tips

Basement leaks are easy to prevent and even fix without taking a bath.
In the 20 years I spent as a professional home inspector, the top three problems my home-buying clients were concerned about can best be summed up this way:  water, water and water!  Waterproofing your home is the surest way to make sure buyers stay interested.

While leaks through roofs, pipes and basements are constant concerns, a wet, leaking basement always ranked highest as the home improvement problem most likely to send buyers running for the nearest open house.

Whether you are a buyer, seller or owner of a home, wet basements are always a concern. Not only is a wet basement unusable, flooded foundations can be seriously weakened and toxic mold–the newest threat to residential indoor air quality–can fester faster when an ample supply of water lies just underfoot.

The good news about these unplanned indoor pools is this: while wet basements are often thought of as one of life’s biggest home repair headaches, they are generally easy and inexpensive to fix. Yes, that’s right–easy and inexpensive!

The wrong way to waterproof a wet basement.  Ask 10 people how to fix a wet basement and you’re likely to get answers that include use of jackhammers to break up basement floors, backhoes to dig out dirt from foundation walls, sump pumps that have to be wired and plumbed, and other such drastic and expensive measures.

While these solutions may seem to make sense, they all attempt the impossible: to seal a foundation so tightly that it will somehow hold off water like a boat. Well, unless your house is a house boat, it won’t float, so you might as well stop thinking about all the ways to keep it from doing that.


WATERPROOFING YOUR BASEMENT

Read these tips and instructions carefully on how to waterproof your basement. Following the procedures outlined in this document will help you end up with a more satisfactory job-with less waste and effort. Inside this brochure you will find information about:

  • Stopping Leaks and Seepage
  • Repairing Holes and Cracks Before Waterproofing
  • Closing Cracks and Holes When Water is Entering Under Pressure
  • Waterproofing the Wall and Floor After Making Patching and Repairs
  • Packing a Leaking Floor Join

STOPPING LEAKS AND SEEPAGE

  • If you’re bothered with leaks or seepage through your basement floor or walls, the problem can be solved. However, it takes time and effort, and you have to do the job right. But it can be done.
  • There are three basic causes of seepage and cracks in basements. First, the original workmanship may be poor. Second, the house may have settled, causing cracks in either the floor or walls. Finally, water pressure from the outside may have built up and be forcing water through the walls.
  • Such leaks are easy to detect (see image). Moisture often begins to seep through at the area where the floor and walls joins or along cracks that may appear in the wall or floor.

Humidity Control & Ventillation

How the System Works

The unique, patented Humidex moisture control and ventilation unit will:

EXPEL moisture, gases, toxins, and pollutants
REPLENISH the polluted, damp air with healthy, dry air
VENTILATE the basement air to the exterior of the home

Unlike a conventional dehumidifier which does not exchange or ventilate the air, the Humidex unit will provide a healthier, drier and more comfortable home at a fraction of the cost… it operates on about the same amount of energy as a 40watt light bulb!

The quiet yet powerful Humidex system draws in moist air and contaminated indoor pollutants and expels them safely from the home. This unhealthy air is then replaced with fresher air drawn downward from the upper levels. Replenishment air comes from the outdoors and enters the home naturally via windows, doors, and other openings. In essence, Humidex not only provides the home with much needed healthier outdoor air, it creates crucial ventilation within the home which inhibits the growth of molds and reduces moisture related problems.


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