Blog / August 2017

Aug 31
#BasementBasics: How can water can leak into your foundation?

Basement Fact: As much as 5 gallons of water can get through a 1/4″ hole in your foundation per minute.

As learned previously, hydrostatic pressue often cause holes or cracks within basement walls that allow water to intrude into your basement or crawlspace. When water is not properly directed and controlled through the use of an adequate drainage and waterproofing system, the water can become trapped within the outlying soils along the exterior of the basement walls. As the water becomes trapped it exerts a force on to basement walls, a force which some walls were not built to withstand. This force can result in cracks within the basement walls. Depending upon the severity and locations of the cracks they can then allow leaks to occur. Depending upon the severity and locations of the cracks they could require structural repairs. At a rate of five gallons of water per minute, that can easily lead to wet walls and floors, leaving you standing in a puddle of mess.

Aside from cracks or holes, there are 13 common entryways for water to get into your basement or crawlspace.

1. Top of the Wall
2. Window Wells
3. Wall Cracks
4. Tie Rod Holes
5. Honeycomb
6. Sewer Pipe
7. Mortar Joint
8. Water Pipes Conduits
9. Floor Cracks
10. Sump Pump
11. Floor Drain
12. Floor & Wall Joint
13. Plugged Drain Tile

Carolina Basement Solutions specializes in providing homeowners a complete waterproofing system to prevent you from experiencing a wet basement or damp crawlspace. Waterproofing components that prevent water intrustion from foundation cracks are mositure barriers and vapor barriers.

  • Moisture barrier (basement) – consists of a durable non-porous product which is applied to the interior side of the basement / foundation wall. Moisture barriers prevent all moisture from entering the interior of your basement. Moisture and dampness will continue to be found present within any basement that is waterproofed without a quality moisture barrier.
  • Vapor barrier (crawlspace) – a durable 14 mil vapor barrier system to block water vapor and help control the moisture levels.

Learn about these solutions and more by scheduling a FREE assessment of your home. Call 864-480-8999 or fill out this form.

Aug 18
#BasementBasics: What is hydrostatic pressure?

Basement Fact: Four feet of water exerts nearly 300 pounds of pressure per square foot of wall.

That’s a lot of pressure! Did you know a basement footing with ten feet of saturated soil above it must withstand 600 pounds per square foot. The pressure is due to the dense substance of water that weighs 60 pounds per cubic foot of volume. When prevented from flowing downhill, water produced an immense amount of hydrostatic pressure that when pushed again structures, such basement and crawl space foundations causes the integrity of these structures to fail making way for cracks, leaks, water damage, mold and more. So what is hydrostatic pressure?

Hydrostatic pressure is the downward and outward pressure caused by standing water pushing against any surface or object that blocks it. When the natural movement of groundwater is prevented by these object during times of heavy run off, the soil becomes over saturated, as well as foundation slabs, basement walls and crawlspaces. Under the pressure of its own weight, water will penetrate your foundation slab, basement walls and/or crawlspace through pores and cracks in the concrete. Hydrostatic pressue is a main cause of wet and damp basements in addition to others, such as poor drainage. The solution is to relieve the pressure and remediate the water movement restrictions by removing the water with a complete waterproofing system with components including: a sump pump, perforated pipe, diverters, moisture barriers and more.

Don’t put added pressure on yourself or your home by attempting your own DIY waterproofing project, leave your leaky, wet basement or crawlspace to the experts at Carolina Basement Solutions. Call our experts at 864-480-8999 or visit us or fill out this form to schedule a FREE assessment of your home!

Aug 4
#BasementBasics: How much does waterproofing cost?

Basement Fact: It costs an estimated $3,000-$5,000 (1,200 square feet) to fix water damage in a basement in the United States.

Did you know that water damage and mold growth can lessen the value of a property 25%? Even more reason to not ignore these symptoms and find a waterproofing solution that fits your needs. The good news is that fixing your wet basement will add more value to your home dollar for dollar than any other repair. Not only is the fix necessary, but it’s worth it!

What are the associated costs of waterproofing?

  • New Sump Pump Installation: $500 – $1,100
  • Wall Crack Repair with Epoxy Injection: $350 – $525 per crack
  • Floor Crack Repair: $600 – $850 per 20 square feet
  • Footing Drain: $5,000 – $10,000
  • Additional Costs- Removal of HVAC Units: $200 – $300

Preventative measures to prevent a wet basement:

  • Install gutter extensions on downspouts to guide water further away from house
  • Plug cracks and gaps in pipes with polyurethane caulk
  • Insulate pipes and walls
  • Remove excess humidity by running a dehumidifier

Preventative measures are not foolproof and homeowners can still find themselves experiencing wet basement or damp crawl space issues. If this is the case it is important to be proactive and swift moving when you notice signs and symptoms of water damage.

Call our waterproofing experts, who will save you money on the front end by providing you a FREE assessment. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 864-480-8999 or fill out this form. Carolina Basement Solutions recognizes the concern and the anxiety that surrounds issues. Our objective is to help educate, offer guidance and provide assistance. To make the process as easy as possible and take off some of the burden on your wallet, we offer financing options including same-as-cash loans and traditional low fixed interest rate loans. Learn more here.

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