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3 Common Debates About the Modern Management of Crawl Spaces

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Crawl Space

There are often intense debates among home-improvement experts about how to upgrade crawl spaces to create safe, comfortable homes. Many times, people from widely divergent places will have opinions on crawl-space management that are as far apart as their home locations.

Your own basement professionals have area-specific advice for your home’s construction type, soil makeup and local climate. If you do any of your own research on managing crawl spaces, you’ll find there are three main areas where contractors and home-energy experts offer contrasting opinions.

Waterproof Your Foundation Now to Avoid Dealing With Flood Damage Later

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Foundation Cracks, Water Damage Prevention

Recently, Seattle and Tacoma residents and officials watched helplessly as torrential rains caused flooding in many neighborhoods. Parts of Washington saw rain and snow totals that were 200 to 600 percent over normal precipitation amounts. The fact is, homes all over the state are at risk of or already suffering flood damage.

Additionally, due to the increased chance of flooding in coastal areas across the US, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has redrawn flood maps. FEMA recently raised the base flood elevations in the Tacoma area by several feet, meaning a new area of homes along Washington’s shoreline are expected to be vulnerable to intermittent flooding.

No matter where you live in Washington, climate extremes and flood-plain changes are your signal to act now to flood-proof your home.

The Four Types of People Who Benefit the Most From Crawl Space Encapsulation

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Crawl Space

Crawl space encapsulation completely transforms an often neglected area of the home. Instead of dreading the dark, mysterious area under your home, you don’t have to worry about your bright new crawl space.

There are four types of people who benefit the most from crawl space encapsulation. Keep reading so learn what encapsulation means and find out if you’re someone who needs this upgrade to improve your quality of life.

Old Houses and Basement Water Problems: What You Need to Know

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Waterproofing your basement

If you live in a historic home, you enjoy the character and craftsmanship of quality artisans from an era long past. The old walls and beautiful woodwork may speak of the home’s history, but the basement is often a different story. Water and moisture problems are unfortunately common in older houses.

There are solutions to help you make and keep your basement just as dry and beautiful as the rest of your historic home. 

7 Steps to Prevent Lawn and Driveway-Related Water Damage

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Uncategorized, Water Damage Prevention

Due to the amount of rain we get in Seattle, homeowners are understandably concerned about preventing water damage to their homes. Water can easily sneak through openings in the foundation and crawl spaces, leaving water stains, mold, and damaged walls and floors behind.

There are two main places where this water enters: your driveway and your yard. Water can destroy both of these areas. It can also seep through from these areas to damage the structure of your home.
You can prevent water from destroying your driveway and yard—and your home—by following these tips.

Combating Potential Seattle Home Hazards

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Uncategorized

If you’ve lived in Seattle for any amount of time, you’re probably familiar with getting a little wet. Whether you’ve frequented the dripping streets or own a home on the waterfront, water is no stranger to you.

After all, Seattle receives an average annual precipitation of over 36 inches per year. This rainfall contributes to many important water sources. One of these includes ground water, the source of well water for many Seattle area residents.

Additionally, high ground water yields high water tables and a moist environment. Seattle’s proximity to the sea also allows for increased humidity levels.

What does all this mean for you? If you own home in the Seattle area, it may be vulnerable to water damage. As a result, you’ll need to take steps to protect your home from condensation, leaks, flooding, humidity, and mold.

Get Rid of Basement Mold Once and For All

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Basement Mold

*Before you do anything please make sure that any leaking water that could be causing the mold is shut off.

Mold is a silent destroyer: it creeps in when you least expect it, slowly and surely breaking down dead materials and growing in fuzzy, colorful clusters.

Outdoors, mold plays a key role in decomposing organic matter. Indoors, mold can irritate eyes, trigger asthma attacks, and even lead to chronic illnesses.

When you see white, black, gray, or green mold in your basement, it can be tempting to panic and call in professionals with hazmat suits to remove it.

Don’t worry. Stay calm.

While mold can cause health problems in certain individuals, most mold is relatively harmless. Some estimate that we’re surrounded by tens of thousands of types of mold, and chances are likely that you’re breathing in mold spores right now.

Unfortunately, mold is unsightly, and it can cause additional damage to your home and basement if not dealt with properly. While you don’t need a hazmat team to remove your mold, it’s important to identify the cause of the mold and take steps to remove it yourself.

Where Should You Place Your Home’s Insulation?

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Crawl Space

You’ve been a homeowner for a few years now. The initial excitement you felt at having your own place has faded, and now you’ve settled in to the benefits and frustrations that come along with property ownership.

By now you’ve realized that you’re responsible for a whole lot more than you imagined. If a major appliance breaks, you have to decide whether to repair or replace it (no more calls to the landlord). You start paying attention to your energy bill more closely than before.

And you start to wonder if your home is adequately insulated.

But do you know where your insulation should go? That’s all hidden away in unfamiliar areas of the house, like the crawl space or attic.

Clearly, it’s time to educate yourself on effective home insulation. A good place to begin is at the foundation; then you can make your way up to the roof.

Prepare Your Basement for Winter

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Waterproofing your basement

The last thing you want to deal with during the busy winter season is your basement flooding. The increase of ice and cold can create leaks or cracks allowing moisture into your basement. If water enters your basement, you could face mold, mildew, or damage to stored items.

To avoid this, it’s important to prepare beforehand. Follow these small tips now so you can enjoy the holidays and keep your family safe. Here is how to prepare your basement for winter:

How to Protect Your Seattle Home from Water Damage

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Sump Pumps

In Seattle, we’re not afraid of a little rain. But rain can bring an unwanted risk with it: water damage in your basement or crawl space. A particularly heavy rain can flood your basement, but even light water buildup can cause water damage.

People worry about flooding and water damage in many places, but since Seattle gets a lot of rain, we worry about it a little more here. Fortify your home against the rain by waterproofing your basement and crawl space-if you do, you’ll avoid a disaster like a wet or damaged basement.

Here’s what you should do.

Install a Basement Drainage System

Hopefully you already have some kind of basement drainage system in place. This might include a

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