Your basement is an extension of your home. It’s where you store precious heirlooms, exercise, and even hang out with family. Although it may seem safe from the harsh conditions outside, many elements can compromise this all-too-valuable space. Fortunately, Bluebird Foundation Repair and Waterproofing is here to serve homeowners just like you in the Grand Rapids area.
Here is what you should know about basement waterproofing and what we do:
What Causes Moisture to Enter Basements?
Ideally, a finished basement will be thoroughly waterproofed; unfortunately, outdated waterproofing and unforeseeable circumstances can lead to expensive water damage. Here are a few reasons why water could be getting into your basement:
- Improper Drainage and Soil Systems – If water seeps into the soil that makes up your home’s foundation, it may accumulate and with time trickle down to the foundation.
- Poorly Installed and Unmaintained Gutters – Gutters are designed to keep water away from your home. However, if your gutters fail in any way, you may find water where it does not belong.
- Hydrostatic Pressure – This phenomenon occurs when gravity acts on the water surrounding your foundation. The force is strong enough to cause or worsen existing cracks, resulting in water damage.
- Condensation – Basements are commonly damp spaces. When condensation settles, mold and mildew may grow.
Why Excessive Moisture is a Problem
Left untreated, excessive moisture can cause long-term damage to the entire structure of your home or building. However, structural damage is not the only thing you have to worry about. Increased moisture can also lead to mold growth.
If you do encounter mold growth, it is important to address it right away. Mold can cause serious health issues and worsen existing allergies. Once the mold has been removed, you will want to sanitize the entire affected area thoroughly. You will also need to remove any soaked carpet or drywall.
Waterproofing Your Basement
How we go about waterproofing your basement will depend upon a couple of factors. Here are some of the most common methods that we employ:
When waterproofing your basement’s interior, we will search for any cracks or leaks and then seal them up. The strong sealant will prevent any further water damage from occurring, simply by preventing any water from getting into your home in the first place.
To waterproof your exterior, we will ensure that the proper drainage system is in place. Such a system will direct water away from your home. We may also apply a waterproof coating to the exterior walls.
What We Can Do to Help
Let Bluebird Foundation Repair and Waterproofing help you fix any area of concern in your basement. Once we identify where the moisture is getting in, we can advise you on the steps we need to take to seal off the area from any water and clean up the mess.
We also understand that every home and situation is unique; therefore, we will treat you as an individual rather than as a number.