Answers About Basement Waterproofing in Gaithersburg, MD
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Since 1987, Triad Basement Waterproofing has been evaluating and fixing foundations and basements in Gaithersburg, MD, and the surrounding areas. We’re experts in basement waterproofing, and our team is dedicated to exceptional customer service and quality workmanship. If you’ve got questions about interior or exterior basement waterproofing, check out the frequently asked questions below or contact us for further information.
What Are the Signs of a Basement Leak?
Some signs are obvious, like water pooling on the floor or running down the walls. Others are less noticeable, so you’ll need to pay attention. Increased mold or mildew growth, strong musty odors, and white residue on the walls are all signs of excessive moisture. So are bubbling wallpaper, peeling paint, dry rot, damp spots on or cracks in the walls or floor, and rust on appliances and furniture.
Why Do Basements Leak?
Basements leak for a number of reasons. Malfunctioning or too few footer tiles can let water through, as can cracks in the walls or floor. Hydrostatic pressure can build up under the floor or on the walls, or high humidity can cause condensation. Water can come from an underground spring, leaking or sweating pipes, or leaky basement windows. The outside walls may be improperly sealed, or water might slip behind the siding and run down the inside wall.
Why Should I Fix My Basement?
There are plenty of good reasons to fix your basement. First, fixing your basement avoids further damage to your home and belongings. It also creates a healthier living environment, increases your living and storage space as well as your property value, and gives you peace of mind.
I Have a Crawlspace. Am I Safe From Leaks or Problems?
No, even though they’re not as deep as basements, crawlspaces can still leak, get moldy, and have other problems.
Does Basement Waterproofing Increase Home Value?
Yes! Buyers don’t want to buy a home with a leaky basement and showing that your house is waterproofed will give them peace of mind. When homebuyers know they won’t have to worry about basement leaks, they’ll be willing to pay more for the house. Further, if your home has signs of water damage, it’s unlikely to sell unless you fix the problem. A home inspector will spot the signs and warn potential buyers, so it’s smarter to fix it before you list it.
Should I Fix the Problem Before I Sell My House?
Absolutely. Before you sell, you’ll have to fill out a disclosure form. You’ll be asked if you’re aware of seepage problems in your basement or crawlspace. Failure to disclose these problems can result in a lawsuit and leaving the problem for the new owner to fix will bring you a lower price when you sell.
What is the White Chalky Stuff on My Walls?
It’s efflorescence, the mineral deposits left behind when moisture dries and crystallizes. You can get rid of it with a vinegar and water solution, but it does indicate that your basement needs waterproofing.
Can’t I Just Fix It Myself?
You might think you can just pick up some materials from the hardware store and tend to your basement yourself. Unfortunately, the materials you’ll find at your local hardware store will yield limited results. You can do certain things yourself, like cleaning out your gutters regularly and extending your downspouts. If water is still seeping into your basement, though, it’s wise to hire a professional. Calling in an expert waterproofing contractor as soon as you know there’s a problem will save time and money in the long run.
How Long Does the Average Job Take?
Most basement waterproofing in Gaithersburg, MD can be completed in one day or less. There are, however, some bigger jobs that may take several days.
A Waterproofer Told Us That Outside Work Isn’t Necessary. Is That True?
Probably not. Contractors who only do interior work might not want you to believe that exterior basement waterproofing is necessary, simply because they can’t do the job. Without exterior basement waterproofing, however, you’re leaving your basement vulnerable to water, dirt, air, and bugs that can come in through the wall.
It Only Leaks After a Heavy Rain. Can I Use a Waterproofing Paint to Fix It?
No! Basement waterproofing paint is designed to seal walls and prevent seepage. Consider this comparison: if your roof was leaking, would painting your ceiling with waterproof paint fix the problem? No. The same concept applies to basements. You have to fix the leak, or it will remain a problem.
Does Basement Waterproofing Paint Work?
Basement waterproofing paint provides temporary relief from a leaking basement. However, paint can’t compete with hydrostatic pressure from groundwater. Eventually, water will make its way through the foundation and then through the paint. You’ll have to strip the paint and apply a new coat or find a different way to solve your problem. Additionally, applying waterproof paint is a difficult and time-consuming process. Basement waterproofing is a far better option because it solves your moisture problem.
Contact Triad Basement Waterproofing Today
A local family-owned and -operated business, Triad Basement Waterproofing has been providing interior and exterior basement waterproofing services in Gaithersburg, MD for more than three decades. Our experienced professionals inspect your basement for water-related problems and then provide state-of-the-art solutions for basement water leakage and structural support. We will also remove mold and mildew, as well as providing drainage solutions. We’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and we offer warranties on all the work we perform. Contact us for a free estimate, knowing that we have you and your home’s best interest at heart.
Why Choose Us?
- Over 27 Years of Experience
- Family Owned and Operated
- Licensed, Bonded & Insured
- Waterproofing Experts
- Lifetime Transferable Warranty