Blog / July 2017

Jul 20
Introducing #BasementBasics

We’re excited to start a campaign series entitled #BasementBasics, a series dedicated to educating our customers about their home from the ground up starting with their basement.

Basement Fact: 60% of homes both old and new experience basement water problems.

Good news is you’re not alone and you’ve come to the right place to find a solution!

Basement Fact: 1 inch of rain on 1 acre of land leaves your soil full of close to 27,700 gallons of water?

That’s a lot of H20! It’s even more water if you have less land. Groundwater in water-saturated soils can be pushed into your basement or crawlspace by hydrostatic pressure causing several issues like mold, mildew and more. Hurricane season is here and storms are ahead. Learn how you can protect your home here.

Basement Fact: Fixing your wet basement will add more value to your home than any other renovation, dollar for dollar.

You’ve learned wet basement conditions are common and ways you can prevent them, especially during rainy weather. if issues persist repair is necessary, but you will be rewarded! You can expect to get back 150% of the money you put into waterproofing your basement and keeping it dry.

Jul 19
#BasementBasics: What are signs of problems in your basement?

Basement Fact: Around 38% of basements with moisture problems develop mold and fungus growth

Condensation or the collection of water on surfaces is one of the several telling signs of basement problems and is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours and that growth is not just contained in your basement or crawlspace due to the “stack effect.” Mold spores rises with warm air infiltrating your home and existing the attic. Not only will you smell the odor of mold and mildew, but your health will be of concern as mold can cause symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy-watery eyes, mild allergic reactions, a scratchy throat, fatigue and breathing discomfort. In some cases, mold can be toxic! Controlling the air quality and eliminating water problems is critical to preventing condensation and therefore crucial to preventing the creation of mold and mildew.

Ways to prevent mold growth:

  • Montior humidity levels in basement (45% or above is high)
  • Use a dehumidifer to keep humidity levels in check
  • Reduce congestion in basement by decluttering to allow for free air flow and increased ventilation
  • Ensure proper grading to direct groundwater away from the house

 

Other signs of wet basement problems:

  • Efflorescence
  • Leaks around basement windows
  • Wet drywall
  • Wet basement walls
  • Wet floors
  • Cracked basement walls
  • Bowing basement walls
  • Wet carpet and flooring

Learn more about these signs and symptoms here.

Experience these issues? Call the Carolinas’ Waterproofing Specialist at 864-480-8999 for a FREE Assessment or fill out this form.

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