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- Wet Basement
“Wet basement” is definitely not a phrase that a homeowner wants to hear. Having a wet basement could indicate a variety of situations. One of the first steps toward solving the problem of a wet basement is to determine that you actually have one. Believe it or not, some people don’t realize that there’s any kind of serious issue – they just know that the basement always has that “familiar” smell of mustiness whenever they go down there. But most basements smell like that, right?
Here are a few things to watch for:
- Damp walls – If there is any kind of moisture on the walls anywhere in the basement, it is an indication of water coming in. Even worse if you notice a trickle of water showing up at a small crack in the wall.
- Heavy mustiness smell – Even if you can’t see water visibly pooling in a corner, a musty smell is a good indicator that water is getting in somewhere.
- Mold/mildew – let’s say you go down to the basement to retrieve an old reference book from a box over in the corner. When you find the book and pull it out, you see in the bottom of the box some black, fuzzy growth that looks like it doesn’t belong there. That’s mold. Mold only grows in places that are damp, and especially if the area is dark. This is another indicator of a wet basement.
If you are not sure if your basement has a water or moisture problem, we can check this for you. Every day, we see one wet basement after another and we are experts at identifying this situation. Don’t allow a sub-par company to give you incorrect advice, and perhaps sell you a lot of work that you may not need. We’ve been doing this for over 27 years and have a great reputation for integrity and attention to detail.
Why would a basement have a water problem in the first place? Obviously, the home was not built with a leaky foundation (if your home is brand new and has a wet basement already, you may have cause for legal action against the general contractor). So what would cause a problem like this?
First, it could be water from the surface of the ground running down the outside of the foundation walls. If you notice the leaks showing up within about an hour of a heavy rain, the solution may be to control the flow of the surface water. Some landscaping may be in order so that the rain runs off away from the foundation instead of toward it.
A common source of surface water is actually rainwater that is not being channeled into the right direction. If the rain hits your roof, flows to the gutter, into the downspout and then straight onto the ground, that’s too close to your house. The ground next to the foundation wall(s) can only hold so much water, then the constant pressure will force water into the outside of the wall – eventually you will see it on the inside. Result: wet basement.
Second, water can just naturally accumulate in the soil next to the foundation. This soil is called “backfill”, and it is by nature less dense than the natural soil that is present further away from your home. So it is actually a very natural process for water to collect there. As it builds up, the water pushes under the floor slab, creating hydrostatic pressure that never lets up. If there is any way for water to get in, it will find that way. That’s when your wet basement problems begin.
Give us a call.
We can analyze the situation, and show you exactly how we will solve your problem.
We offer our professional services throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
What if you have flooding during a bad storm, and during this time your electricity goes out for several hours? Since sump pumps use electrical motors to pump the water out of your basement, how do they work if there is no electricity? The manufacturers have thought of that already. Most new sump pumps now have a battery backup system that recognizes when there is no power to run the pump. The battery system takes over and the pump continues to do its job.
If you have a water problem in your basement, simply installing a sump pump may only be a partial solution. Since we have been doing this for over 27 years, we can analyze your specific situation and tell you what is needed and what it will cost. We can provide a complete pressure relief drainage system to solve your basement water problem, so that you never have to worry about water damage or mold.
We can dry your Wet Basement in Maryland: Rockville, Frederick, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase and Columbia. We also offer our Basement Waterproofing in Virginia: Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church, Arlington and Mclean.
Give us a call at 1- 888-279-8819 to come out and provide a free estimate.