Blog / May 2018

May 17
Protect your Home Against Puddles

Spring time isn’t quite over yet and the Carolinas are feeling the consequence of warmer weather with continual, heavy rains and thunderstorms that leave homeowners with puddles in their basements and/or pools of water in their crawlspaces. Heavy rains threaten the structural integrity of your property by increasing the hydrostatic pressure on your foundation and cause the water table to rise. As a result of rains pounding against your roof, windows, doors and exterior walls, the increased hydrostatic pressure from the rainfall causes cracks and other deficiencies in your foundation. Your downspouts and stormwater drains are working overtime to handle the excessive discharge. Together, these defects leave you with leaks.

Avoid this wet situation and protect your home against puddles and standing water by:

  1. Seal window and door frames with caulk to prevent water from leaking into the building envelope
  2. Do masonry repairs to cracked mortar joints in brick veneer walls and cracks between bricks or stone slabs on window ledges.
  3. Reduce hydrostatic pressure by extending downspouts at least 8-10 feet away from your foundation
  4. Install a comprehensive interior waterproofing system complete with sump pump.
  5. Call the Carolinas’ Waterproofing Specialist at 864-480-8999 or fill out this form to schedule a FREE consultation and make your property puddle-free!
May 2
Happy National Home Improvement Month!

May is National Home Improvement Month and the perfect time to add basement or crawlspace waterproofing to the top of your home maintenance list. Basement and crawlspaces are both susceptible to water intrusion and high moisture levels that can cause structural damage, mold growth and more. Properly managing and diverting water from these areas bring several positive changes to your pocket and to your home.

Why you should consider waterproofing as your next home improvement project:

  1. Protecting your Biggest Investment
    Your home is often your biggest investment and something you want to protect at all costs. Water damage from basement or crawlspace issues can cause structural problems and in turn compromise the integrity of your foundation. Waterproofing maintains the structural integrity of your home and prevents foundation damage.  
  2. Cost Savings
    Basement and crawlspace waterproofing can reduce energy bills by up to 20%.
  3. Improve Indoor Air Quality
    According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), air indoors is 2 -5 times more polluted than air in the outside environment. Up to 40% of the air on the first floor in a home originates from the crawl space or basement. Controlling the moisture and humidity levels in your home with dehumidifiers, vapor barriers or complete waterproofing systems prevents mold infestations in the long term, therefore reducing respiratory problems and allergic reactions. 
  4. Maximizing Living Space
    According to NuWire Investor, once the job is complete, you have increased the livable floor space of your home by 30% – 50%, for approximately half the cost of constructing an addition to your home above-ground.
  5. Return on Investment/Increase Home Value
    Generally, you can expect a return on investment of about 30 percent from a basement or crawlspace waterproofing. Basement waterproofing gives you a better ROI than a kitchen remodel and bathroom remodel, and it is cheaper and adds more value than a home addition. According to Remodeling magazine, the added resale value of a finished the average basement remodel is $61,303 with a 70.3%payback, making it one of the smartest home improvement projects.

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