Tired of water infiltrating your home and property? We have the answers to remove water away from your home and property!!!
Water is one of the most destructive forces in nature that we have to deal with and leaves behind billions of dollars a year year in its destructive path. As much as we all as an ecosystem need water to survive, in excess the damage it can create is immense. From flooded basements, garages, lawns, driveways..... the force of water is hard to contain at times. From heavy downpours and thunderstorms to the winter snows melting at accelerated levels raises water tables quickly and ground water runoff to quickly wreak havoc quickly to your home and property. Basement floors can be taken over rapidly by hydrostatic pressure or inadequate footing drains creating massive water damage leaving it unlivable. If you are experiencing these issues also to keep in mind whether from your leaky roof and/or basement with water present you run the high risk of mold and mildew to begin to start rapidly growing creating an unhealthy environment.
Problems associated with water damage to your home/property:
- Water weighs about 60 pounds per cubic foot which means at any given time there could be tens of thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure pushing against your foundation walls and only a matter of time before making it inside you home and/or damaging your foundation.
- Water infiltration especially in finished basements are extremely vulnerable to mold and mildew growth at a rapid rate due to the moisture being absorbed and contained in saturated insulation and sheetrock. This is usually unseen by the naked eye and the damage hidden behind the walls.
- Water pooling and collecting on property creates marshy conditions leaving area vulnerable to mosquitos, snakes and many other undesirable species
- Wet areas may be harmful to plants and trees creating an environment that will allow nothing to grow as roots will decay and areas where trees exist may be susceptible to being uprooted easily during treacherous weather due to soft ground
- Gutters not draining away from your home creates a massive amount of rain water runoff from roof putting you at added risk for water infiltration. All the square footage of your home all runs into a gutter system(if you have gutters) and all directed into one or two areas in most homes.
- Even the slightest bit of water infiltration into your basement can create hazardous mold spores to grow rapidly without the use of dehumidifiers to control the humidity in any basement.
How to properly address water issues on your home/property:
- First indicate where the source of water is coming from(wet corners where walls meet floor usually indicate failing footing drains)
- If water is penetrating through cracks of concrete floor you are dealing with high water tables and hydrostatic pressure. In this instance a sump pump(preferably from the lowest point of floor) can be installed to alleviate any pressure buildup and pumped outside. Water is not recommended to drain into homes waste lines.
- Water and/or moisture on foundation walls (usually more noticeable on concrete and cinder block walls) is a good indication of runoff water and breakdown of your exterior foundation wall coating
- Water pooling next to gutter downspouts can create issues. Extend downspouts and if possible if you have enough grade bury lines underground and pitch to daylight away from home
- Interior foundation walls that are wet and absorbing moisture Drylok masonry sealer can be used to help prevent water from infiltrating. Two coats is recommended for a thorough job and company claims prevents water up to 15 psi
- Many homes new and old have failing footing drains due to age and poor installation. If so area around home must be excavated in order to install new lines, filtration system and aggregate.
- Areas sloping towards home and/or low areas may need a curtain drain installed. Essentially this is an in ground gutter system with pipe and aggregate is install to relieve problem areas of water to a different location off property
- In some instances a French drain may also be installed around the inside perimeter of basement through a cut channel into a sump pump system