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Do you have water in your basement or crawl space? Is there mold or mildew affecting the air quality in your home? It's likely you need basement or crawl space drainage. Perma Dry offers a wide variety of common sense solutions to your wet basement or crawl space problems. Learn more here in our blog. When you're ready, give us a call and schedule an appointment.
Leaks, moisture, condensations, and other water-related problems in your basement could lead to time-consuming and costly repairs. If left unchecked, water in your basement could lead from toxic mold to structural damage creating a serious problem.
Each basement calls for different waterproofing solutions, so it is essential to know what type of waterproofing method to use. Here are three main methods to basement waterproofing that would prevent water damages and keep your basement dry.
Interior waterproofing methods are commonly used after you have identified existing problems, such as cracks, leaks, or moisture buildup. These steps could include sealants, coatings, and ways to prevent condensation on walls or ceilings. They are also the most affordable among the other methods.
Cracks or holes through walls, floors, and foundations are the common entryways for water or moisture to get into your basement. However, as simple as they are, these openings could cause significant problems if left untreated. Luckily, these problems could be easily remedied using sealants on the inside.
Sealants are effective against cracks as they easily fill the voids and keep humidity levels down, preventing further condensations. They also prevent spalling, which breaks down masonry surfaces exposed to constant high humidity. Strong adhesives such as epoxies or urethanes could be applied using pressure injection, which penetrates deeply and cuts off the seepage path.
Additionally, apply sealants around doors and windows to avoid moisture from traveling further inside other home areas. These special sealants often come with extended warranties, which guarantees their efficacy.
You could also use waterproof coatings for basement walls and floors in conjunction with sealants. Concrete waterproof coatings stick well to concrete surfaces creating a waterproof barrier, preventing further moisture absorption. However, sealants and waterproof coatings only work well for minor issues and cannot fix major leaks and basement flooding. You could find broader issues on the outside of your basement.
Exterior basement waterproofing is the best method recognized by the International Building Code that adequately prevents any structural damage caused by water seepage. This method, albeit costly and extensive to perform, is the preferred choice for contractors.
When you see water seeping into your basement, typically the root of the problem is located outside the basement wall. This is where external waterproofing comes in because this method’s goal is to block water from ever entering inside your basement in the first place. This could include using polymer-based products, membranes, and waterproof coatings.
Exterior waterproofing would require you to invest both time and money to protect your basement. Ideally, contactors perform this method during construction, as it would prevent major structural damage to the foundations. However, if you find yourself in need of an exterior waterproof, it is a good idea to consult a professional.
Waterproofing the exterior of an existing basement would start by fully excavating around the basement walls until you reach your foundations’ sides. After excavating, the walls are then power washed then let dry, allowing the waterproofing coating to permanently adhere to the wall. The coating would direct water down to a drainage system, which should lead away from the foundations.
As you could imagine, this method could become a labor-intensive process, requiring workforce, heavy machinery, and tools.
Having proper drainage around your home is crucial if you want to have a dry and structurally sound basement. The goal with drainage systems is to avoid water buildup and to direct water away from your house. There are mainly two types of drainage you could use, namely, interior drainage and exterior drainage.
For external drainage systems, start with identifying and examining the soil surrounding your house. The soil’s properties affect how the water would drain. The soil would also enable you to determine how you would construct your drainage. You could use surface drainages or install underground drainages such as a French drain near your foundations.
Meanwhile, if somehow water still made it inside our home through leakage or seepage, a proper interior drainage system is an excellent method to keep water under control. The Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) recognize many patented interior drainage systems effectively controlling basement water.
An interior drainage system collects water that entered your basement and directs it to an internally installed sump pump system, then pumps the water outside. We also recommended to install a water alarm and a “battery-operated backup pump as a countermeasure against possible basement flooding.
As one might imagine, using any of the three methods would require quite an undertaking. It is advisable to consult professionals when considering what type of waterproofing method you want to use and how to install them.
Termite infestation could become a big problem in your home if left alone. They could pose structural damage to your foundation, walls, and furniture. Termites need food, moisture, and insulation to thrive and multiply, and crawlspaces are a perfect place to make their base with foundations as their gateway into your house.
Below are seven simple ways you could use to prevent an infestation of termites.
Never Let Moisture Collect Around The Foundation
Termites love moisture, and the more there are in the soil, the more attracted they would be. They thrive in a moisture-rich environment, and its presence near or around your foundation is an invitation to enter your home. Therefore, it is important to get rid of excess moisture to keep termites at bay.
Identifying possible sources of water is an excellent place to start in eliminating excess moisture. Grade or slope the ground around your property and foundations so that water drains away from them. Properly direct downspouts, gutters, and splash blocks to avoid water to pool. Repair leaking pipes, faucets, or air conditioning units that might add more moisture.
If you cannot avoid water from accumulating, make sure to install a proper drainage system. You could also use tiles around your property.
Have Proper Ventilation For Your Crawlspace Or Basement
Reducing moisture and humidity in areas around the foundation, such as your basement and crawlspace, is a great way to help prevent termites from invading your home. Properly ventilating these spaces would aid you greatly in the fight against termites.
Most building codes require one square foot of vent opening 150 square feet of crawlspace area with a vent within three feet of your house’s exterior corner. Ensure all vents are free of any obstruction such as debris, leaves, dirt, or vegetation. You could also install vapor barriers such as polyethylene sheeting over the soil to lessen evaporation from the soil.
Additionally, if you live in a humid environment, a dehumidifier would come in very handy.
If You Can Help It, Avoid Wood-Soil Contact
As wood is the number one food source for termites, direct contact with soil allows these pests to access your home easily. Termites could easily tunnel through wood, which loses its integrity over time. Combined with moisture, wood could quickly rot and encourage more termites to attack.
Eliminating wood-to-soil contact may require supporting posts or steps with a concrete base, pulling soil back from the foundation, or cutting or raising the bottom of wood sidings. If you decide to install wooden flower boxes, make sure not to let them touch foundation walls.
Keep Wood-based And Cellulose Firewood Away From Your Home
Never stockpile your firewood, lumber, or any cellulose product such as cardboard boxes against foundations or inside crawlspaces. Not only do these materials provide food for termites, but they could also provide safe and hidden entry to would-be invaders. Wood-based materials located around foundations would act as bridges bypassing surrounding soil treatment.
Keep your woodpiles elevated several inches from the ground and keep them several feet away from your home, if possible. Avoid or remove vines or other dense plantings touching foundations that might act passages for termites. If any, remove dead roots, tree stumps, or any residual wood beneath and around your home before treating your crawlspace.
Not Too Much Landscaping Mulch
If you have landscaping on any open space around your home, you might have used mulch to make it look pleasing and keep your plants healthy. However, as mulch has ingredients such as wood and cellulose, improper usage could attract termites.
Despite its low nutrition quality for termites, landscape mulch has excellent moisture-retaining and insulation properties. This makes it perfect for termites to live and breed. Use mulch sparingly with only two to three inches deep and at least 15 inches away from your foundations. Also, make sure to rake it back away from vents, sidings, or any frame, especially if they are made of wood.
Certain mulches contain resins, which defend against termites. Although the resins’ effects fade after time, it makes little difference in the type of mulch you use. Just remember to use them wisely.
Seal All Cracks, Holes, Crevices, Or Joints
Termites could enter your home through little cracks, holes, crevices, or joints in foundations or walls. If they cannot enter directly, they would build tunnels made of mud along surfaces until they find an entry point.
Seal all possible entries, however small, to prevent termites from marching in your home. Apply a fresh coat of paint, preferably with waterproofing properties, if necessary. This would not only deter termites but also prevent moisture from causing problems.
For vents, install bug screens with a small mesh to protect crawlspaces further.
Call For Professional Help
Consider reaching out to professionals to have your crawlspace treated for termites and moisture. They have the proper knowledge to deal with such issues, saving you from a lot of trouble. Pest control professionals could inspect your home and adequately apply termiticides or other steps to prevent infestation.
Sometimes, you would also need to call a professional builder to waterproof your home and damp-proof your property to avoid excess moisture discouraging termites from invading. These procedures stop water from seeping into foundations and walls, preventing further termite problems. Our professional waterproofers could help you apply waterproofing materials, fix leaking pipes and damaged walls, and replace drywall. Contact us now to learn more.
Mold poses numerous health risks and cause property damage if left unchecked. After all your cleaning, repairs, effort, and spent money, without proper management, mold could still return, making you do it all over again. To make sure that it would not come back, you should take the necessary measures to prevent them from returning.
Here are some tips to prevent molds from coming back.
Identify Possible Areas Of Growth
One of the first steps in mold prevention is to check your home for possible sources or causes. Make an audit of the areas in your house. Identify areas where there could be high humidity or moisture, such as bathrooms, basements, and crawlspaces. Determine if there are issues such as leaky plumbing, roof leaks, damping, poor water drainage, or damaged gutters.
Mold could also grow on numerous household surfaces, including drywall, ceiling and wall tiles, wallpaper, fabric, plants, insulation, cardboard, carpets, and wood products. When constantly damp or wet, these surfaces could host mold growths, which could spread quickly if left unattended.
Fixing these problems early on could not only save you money in the long run but also keep your home safe.
Throw Out Moldy Objects
When dealing with molds, some materials are easier to clean than others. You could easily clean smooth surfaces such as bathroom doors with just a spray cleaner and a sponge. However, for some materials such as wood, fabric, upholstery, furniture, and carpets, removing mold could be next to impossible without the help of a professional cleaner. In such cases, throwing out such objects might be the best option.
Getting rid of moldy items would save you from continually worrying about new mold growing on them. It would also help prevent mold to further spread unto other objects. If a part of your drywall has mold on it, cut it out and replace it.
Also, do no to forget to dispose of rotten or expired food as they are perfect hotbeds for potential mold growth.
Regularly Conduct Maintenance And Repairs
Routinely inspect your home for leaks, damps, flooding, or clogged gutters, especially after a storm or heavy rain. During dry weather, check for cracks or signs of foundation shifting. After finding such problems, have them repaired as soon as possible because where water damage occurs, mold growth often would soon follow.
Make sure to make your house as watertight as possible. Regularly inspect and maintain seals around doors, windows, and pipes. Clean roof gutters to avoid clogs, plug holes on roofs and make sure to direct water away from your house.
Keep Things Tidy
Mold and mildew could almost grow from any surface and feed on numerous substances, including soap scum, dirt, wood, cardboard, and grease. Daily, weekly, or monthly cleaning could dramatically decrease chances for molds to come back. This would also help reduce spores from spreading and growing.
After your initial mold clean-up, disinfect cupboards, cabinets under sinks, and wooden surfaces, wash fabrics, and throw out or replace cardboards. Doing this would eliminate any spores left hanging about in your home.
However, when cleaning, dusting, or disinfecting, remember to wear proper clothing such as gloves, facemasks, aprons, etc.
Maintain Proper Ventilation And Air Circulation
Keeping areas such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and basements well ventilated would help prevent mold buildup. As simple, as opening windows and doors during dry weather would let fresh air into spaces and maintain air circulation.
Use exhaust fans, stand fans, ceiling fans 15 to 20 minutes after performing activities that raise air humidity. Make sure to vent out appliances such as tumble dryers when drying clothes to prevent additional moisture indoors.
Reduce Moisture Levels
Reducing moisture levels could significantly reduce the potential for mold growth. Eliminating excess humidity from your property would prevent mold from making a comeback. Keep your environment as dry as possible by insulating surfaces prone to condensation, wiping any standing liquid, and adequately fixing leaks. Make sure to dry fabric properly before storing or using them.
In areas with high humidity, you could use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air. The EPA recommends maintaining indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent for a comfortable and mold-free living.
Call For Professional Help
When all else fails, and mold persists, you could always count on professional cleaners to help with your mold problem. While home remedies can treat some cases of mold, these procedures do not ensure that the problem would not return.
A trained and licensed restoration company would know where and what to look for to treat the issue properly. Using specialized products and equipment, professionals could also prevent further mold buildups.
Sometimes, you would also need to call a professional builder to waterproof your home and damp-proof your property. These procedures stop water from seeping into foundations and walls, preventing further mold problems. Our professional waterproofers could help you fix leaking pipes, damaged walls, and replace drywall. Contact us now to learn more.
Sump pumps are semi-permanent equipment installed in our homes. So, replacing them can sometimes feel challenging. Luckily, there are many ways you can do this task on your own. Here are some things you first need to consider before replacing your sump pump:
- Make sure to buy a sump pump whose size is compatible with your sump basin.
- Consider the depth of your basement. This factor will decide the necessary horsepower for sump pumps that you should look for.
- Although not always necessary, getting a newer model of your old sump pump can significantly benefit you.
- Take into consideration issues that you may have faced with your old sump pump. Experienced plumbers can help you find a new one that can help address these issues.
Installing a new sump pump may feel daunting, but I assure you that it is way easier than when you first installed one. After you have taken these factors into account, you may now proceed to install your sump pump.
How To DIY Your Replacement Sump Pump
Sump pumps are incredibly reliable. You can just leave them for years without having to worry about them. But before you can enjoy its reliability, you have to be sure to install them correctly. Here are the steps you will take in installing your own sump pump at home:
- Turn off your main power supply to your basement. Although unplugging your sump pump may be enough. Taking extra precautions never hurt anyone. If too dark, use a flashlight or lamp to illuminate your surroundings.
- Remove your sump basin’s cover.
- Use a wrench to disconnect your sump pump from your discharge pipe carefully. You can also use a hack saw to cut the discharge pipe.
- If you decide to cut your discharge pipe, measure the distance from your discharge pipe to where your sump basin is. Take into account the extra length you’ll need to connect the pump to the discharge pipe. Most pumps use 1 ½ or 1 ¼ inch PVC pipes.
- Connect the sump pump to the new pipe you have just cut. You can use a thread seal tape or Teflon tape to seal the connection properly.
- Insert your new sump pump into your sump basin. Be careful not to slam the hanging pipe onto any wall, or you may compromise the connection.
- Connect the new pipe to the discharge pipe using the appropriate pipe fittings (i.e., Male adapter). Use a PVC glue to seal any possible holes between the two pipes.
- Lower the new sump pump into the pit. Make sure the pump isn’t leaning against the basin’s walls, entangled in wiring, or too close to the back-up sump pump or its float switch.
- Double-check if the sump pump is leveled correctly and well-secured at the bottom of the sump basin.
- Check the position of the pump’s float switch. Any obstructions that will impede its movement may cause a malfunction of inefficiency.
- Turn on your power supply and test if your sump pump is working and installed correctly. Fill a bucket with an ample amount of water, then pour it into the sump basin. Check if the motor switches on and off at the correct water-level.
- Inspect your discharge pipes for any leaks and seal them with a sealant if you find any.
Your sump pump is your best defense against a flooded basement. Installing them correctly is something that you should always practice. The last thing you would want is for it to malfunction during the worst time, for instance, during a storm.
If you want to be 100% sure that your sump pump is correctly installed, we recommend that you get the help of an expert plumber. We at Permadry Waterproofing Seattle offer top-notch sump pump installation services. We can also help you with you other waterproofing needs, such as internal and external drainages. Contact us now to learn more!
Sump pumps are godsent for basement owners with moisture problems. They can solve what seems to be an impossible job for conventional drainage systems. The job I’m talking about is pushing wastewater higher to somewhere higher than its source.
Each sump pump, however, is different from each other. Choosing the wrong can be a huge waste of money, and may even pose a danger to your property. Sadly, selecting the best one for your home can sometimes feel like a difficult task. To help you out, I have compiled ten of the best sump pumps for you and your home.
What Are Sump Pumps And How Can They Help You?
Draining water from basements can be difficult because they are lower than ground-level. Using conventional drainage systems like trenches and pipes can be inefficient or downright useless.
So the best way to remove this water would be to force the water up and let it flow down again to your main drains; this is where sump pumps come in. Sump pumps are electrical motors that “pump” water from a catch basin in your basement to outside your home.
A sump pump system is composed of three main parts; the pump, the sump tank, and the discharge pipes. Together, these three can make sure that your basement is dry even during rainy seasons. Here are four of the best sump pumps in the market this 2020:
Wayne CDU980E Sump Pump
Wayne Pumps is one of the most known brands when it comes to sumps pumps. This submersible sump pump boasts a flow rate of 4,600 gallons of water per hour.
A ten-foot vertical pipe may reduce this number but to a still impressive 3,500 gallons per hour. TheWayne CDU980E does all this with a minimal amount of noise.
Installation of the machine can also be done by homeowners themselves, thus saving you from hefty service fees. It also comes with a 5-year warranty.
The WAYNE CDU980E definitely shows why customers give so much trust to this brand. The only drawback of this product may be its higher price tag than other sump pump brands.
Superior 91250 Sump Pump
The Superior 91250 comes with a humble ¼-horsepower motor. Its motor allows it to push at least 1,800 gallons of water with normal use. Although significantly lower than the Wayne CDU980E, it is enough for medium homes with reasonable amounts of moisture.
The pump is made with heavy-duty materials and double O-rings, assuring you that it can last for plenty of years. Its internal system can also handle large debris of up to 1/8 inch.
So, you can rest easy that your sump pump system doesn’t clog every other day. Another great thing about this pump is that it only costs a fraction of that of the Wayne CDU980E.
Wayne WSS30VN Sump Pump
Wayne Pumps have proven their effectiveness in designing their pumps. So, it is no surprise that there would be two of them on this list.
The Wayne WSS30VN has stainless steel upper and lower float guards and float guides that prevent rusting and abrasions. Manufacturers also tested the pump at least a million cycles to measure the durability of the pump. This makes it 10x more durable than conventional sump pumps.
One of the best features of this sump pump is its reliable battery-powered backup pump. The Wayne WSS30VN’s main pump has a discharge speed of up to 5,100 gallons per hour. One the other hand, the backup pump can push water at 2,900, quite impressive considering that it uses a battery as a power source,
WaterAce Pedestal Sump Pump
Last but not the least in our list is WaterAce’s top-mounted sump pump. This pump can accommodate large amounts of moisture thanks to its 115-volt capacitor motor. It has an impressive 5,000 gallons per hour discharge speed that can make sure that your basement keeps dry.
Its internal system can also accommodate large debris of up to 3/8 inches in diameter. The pump system also employs an overload system to prevent electrical damage. Its unique design also minimizes noise, making sure that you will always have a goodnight’s sleep.
You can install your own sump pump system. However, this increases the risk of faulty installations that may reduce the efficiency of your systems. Experts here at Permadry Waterproofing can help you access your property to identify the best way to install your sump pump system.
We can help you decide which type of pump to get depending on your home’s unique factors. We also offer other drainage services such as interior and exterior drainage systems, crawl space encapsulation, foundation repair, and more. Contact us now to learn more!
I can never stress enough the importance of getting your basement ready for the rainy days. So, before the first drop of rain falls, get your hands dirty and save yourself from future headaches.
An ill-prepared basement is an invitation to dozens of issues. Some examples of these problems would be molds, damaged foundations, and excessive flooding. You can avoid most of these by following these steps that our team of experts has prepared for you:
Clear You Gutters Of Any Debris
Your first defense against rain is your roof. Next to it are your gutters. Gutters are the part of your roof that catch and redirect rainwater for proper disposal. It also protects your home from erosion due to uncontrolled water flow. Gutters also redirect wastewater- that may otherwise enter your basement- as far as possible.
The number one nemesis of gutters is light debris. Leaves, feathers, dust, and animal hair may seem negligible with regards to drainage systems. However, after some time, these small particles can build up and clog even the best-designed gutters.
To prepare your gutters for the rainy season, use a high ladder to inspect them for any debris. You can use a simple stick or garden shovel to scoop up any dirt you find. If possible, flush off any remaining small debris using high-pressure water sprays.
Track Down And Repair Any Leaks
Leaks come in all shapes and sizes. So, when looking for cracks and leaks in your basement, be as meticulous as possible. The first things to look for when tracking down leaks are the large visible fissures on your basement walls. These cracks may pose a significant risk to the stability of your home.
Using high-grade sealants or concrete will be the best approach to address these cracks. Most homeowners are unaware that micro-cracks in their basement walls can be as problematic as any other leakages. Water can enter your basement without you being able to notice it. Fortunately, cracks can be addressed with high-grade sealants.
If you detect any cracks in your basement walls, call a professional to check your home’s stability. The safety of you and your family should always be your number one priority.
Inspect Your Doors And Windows
Doors and windows offer large holes for water from entering your home, which can find its way into your basement. You can address this problem in several ways.
Regularly check your window panes to see if the sealant between your window glass and frames are still effective. If you can find any issues, use ready-to-use silicone sealants to seal any holes.
The large gap beneath your door also provides ample space for water to seep in. Under door sweeps made of rubber can be extremely effective in reducing this issue.
Install A Sump Pump System In Your Basement
Having a backup plan can get you the extra mile in protecting your home once you’ve done everything you can to prepare for the rainy season. For basements, this backup plan comes in the form of sump pump drainage systems.
Sump pump systems primarily consist of two parts, a sump tank, and the actual pump. Its job is to push any wastewater in your basement to ground level. By doing so, your other drainage systems can redirect the wastewater away from your home. Sump pumps are fool-proof systems as they can work with little to no supervision.
Get Professional Help
DIY drainage systems for your home can save you a lot of money. However, we recommend that you get the help of professionals if you wish to make sure that your basement and property are leak-free. Professional waterproofers often have years of training and use state-of-the-art technologies to detect even the smallest leaks in your home.
Here at Perma Dry Waterproofing, we provide one of the best waterproofing services in the Seattle Washington area. You can rely on us to provide you with top-notch customer service and waterproofing for your homes. We offer sump pump installation, interior and exterior drainage services, and more. Click here to learn how we can help you now!
Many homeowners have second thoughts when it comes to installing waterproofing systems for their basements. Some also wonder if installing a waterproofing system is worth it, considering that their basements are hardly visible. This idea often results in myths that, in turn, worsen people’s doubts.
In fact, one of the most common reasons our customers contact us is to clarify these myths. From costs to alternatives, we’ve heard almost every basement waterproofing myth out there. To help you (and our customer service reps), here are some common basement waterproofing myths we’d like to put to rest:
Plugging Holes Will Solve 99% Of Your Problems
When hearing about waterproofing, the first thing that pops into our mind is water flowing into our homes through unseen cracks or holes. So, it is not surprising that many homeowners perceive waterproofing as simply plugging unwanted holes.
However, although sealing is an essential step in waterproofing, it is only a preparation. Water can accumulate inside your basement in more than a dozen other ways. For example, wall moisture can easily cause water pooling, especially in humid places. Broken underground pipes can also cause invisible water leakages.
Sump Pumps Will Cost You A Lot Of Money
Simpler waterproofing systems rely on the natural contours of the land to redirect water. Sump pump systems, one the other hand, are a more modern take on basement waterproofing system. It uses electronically powered pumps to push water from your basement to external drainages.
This feature makes sump pumps effective even with underground basements. Unfortunately, this same feature is that reason many people believe sump pumps are expensive. However, sump pumps only entail additional costs during their installation. The savings you get from fewer repairs, and less risks of structural damage can help compensate for this cost.
Verdict: MOSTLY MYTH
The Only Thing That Matters Is What’s On The Inside
When we think about basement waterproofing, we often only consider the systems in our basement. We often overlook the fact that basement waterproofing comes hand-in-hand with other external waterproofing systems of our homes.
This mistake can put to waste all our efforts installing basement waterproofing systems. Professional waterproofers see to it that other parts of your homes are water-protected before encouraging you to waterproof your basement. Otherwise, water can enter your basement from other parts of your home.
All Basements Are The Same
This myth is a very common misconception among homeowners. This is the reason why many wonder why their waterproofing may cost more or less than their neighbor’s. When waterproofing a basement, professionals have to consider many factors such as the depth of your basement, the general climate of your locality, your distance from the nearest body of water, and more.
For example, if you are very near a lake or river, waterproofing providers may suggest that you install hybrid systems. Hybrid systems are combinations of various waterproofing solutions that work together. So, one can understand why waterproofing can be more complicated for some basements than others.
You Don’t Need Professional Help For Your Waterproofing
Homeowners have many reasons why they would want to install their waterproofing systems on their own. Some believe that hiring a professional only entails additional unnecessary costs. Some believe that there is no way a professional can do it better than them.
However, many are unaware that professional waterproofers are experts that undergo extensive training for their jobs. They can identify vulnerabilities in your home that can compromise the safety of your family. DIY waterproofing is also often less effective than professionally done ones. Hence, they can cost you more money in the long run.
We at Permadry Waterproofing Seattle offer one of the best basement waterproofing services in the Northwest area. Our decades of experience provide us with incomparable knowledge in installing the best interior and exterior waterproofing in the market. Contact us now by clicking on this link.
Many homes in the United States are built with a basement. Unfortunately, most of them are vulnerable to damage due to the absence of a reliable basement drainage system. According to one survey, many homeowners opt-out of installing drainage systems due to costs and a lack of understanding of how they work.
In this article, we’ll help you get a clear understanding of what basement drainage systems are, how they can protect your properties, and what types of systems you can get. We will also discuss the parts that make this seemingly complicated system work.
What Are Basement Drainage Systems?
Basement Drainages, as its name implies, are home fixtures intended to remove excess water from basements. Simple drainages often fall into three categories; namely, floor drains, French drains, and sump pumps. On the other hand, a comprehensive drainage system may include any of the three.
Here are the definitions of these three types of drains:
Floor Drains: This type of drains is the most common one among the three. They are plumbing systems that are often made of three parts. The first part is the inlet which receives the excess moisture. The piping, on the other hand, redirects water to the final section, which is the outlet.
French Drains: The second type of Drain is the French Drain. Similar to floor drains, the main force that moves water with French drains is gravity. The most obvious difference of a French drain is the use of gravel or rocks and perforated pipes. The perforated pipes help it collect water over a larger area.
Sump Pumps: Sump pumps are the most modern type of Drain among the three. It uses electronic pumps to suck water from a sump basin located in your basement. It is the most preferred type of Drain for basements as it works properly regardless of how deep your basement is. For this reason, going forward, we will be focusing more on sump pumps over the other two.
Any of these drainage systems will work wonderfully for your basement as long as a professional install it for you. You can also combine two or more of them to make sure that your property is 100% safe from basement flooding.
How Do Sump Pumps Work?
Basements are located in the lowest parts of our homes. Most of the time, they are lower than ground-level. As we all know, gravity tends to pull things to lower sections of homes. Hence, it can be really tricky to device a way to push water out of your basement.
Sump Pumps addresses this problem by using mechanical pumps to force water outside your property. Most sump pumps can overcome even the highest basement walls. Engineers often design sump pumps drainage systems with sump basins. Sump basins are often at the lowest part of basements. They collect wastewater then redirect it to the sump pump.
Its best feature, however, can sometimes be its biggest weakness. The use of electric pumps means that the drainage systems almost completely fail during blackouts. Its electrical consumption also means additional recurring costs for homeowners.
Nevertheless, this issue can be addressed by using energy-efficient water pumps. You can also install electric generators to address electrical blackouts. Installing a basement drainage system can save you tons of money in the future. It can also protect your home and family from compromised foundations due to moisture and soil erosion. We at Permadry Waterproofing can provide you with top-notch waterproofing solutions for your home. We can also help you identify the best drainage systems for your property. We also offer services such as internal and external drainage systems, foundation repairs, crawl space encapsulation, and more. Contact us now to learn more!
Basements are often the most forgotten and overlooked parts of our homes. Hence, it is no wonder that most homeowners do not even bother to decorate this part of their house. However, whether or not you want your basement to look great, you should never overlook your basement waterproofing. Waterproofing is also where the importance of sump pumps for your basement comes in.
What Are Sump Pumps?
Sump pumps can be found in almost all newly-made constructed homes in the US. Although they were already fairly-common in low-lying areas, this wasn’t always the case. Laws, such as the Federal Clean Water Act of 1987, have required homes with flooding risks to install this equipment. So, what is a sump pump exactly?
Sump pumps are devices that push fluids, often water, away from homes or other properties. They often work side-by-side with a sump pit. The sump pit receives water from different parts of the property. The sump pump then pushes the water to a public drain, septic tank, or other modes of disposal. We recommend that you install your sump pump in the lowest part of your home, such as your basement.
Advantages Of Using A Sump Pump For Your Basement
Installing a sump pump and a sump pit can sometimes be costly. Fortunately, the benefits of using these two are more than worth the amount that you’ll spend on them. Here are some reasons why you should use a sump pump for your basement:
- If you live in an area with ample rainfall, a sump pump can save you from a flooded basement.
- One common worry for homes with a considerable amount of inhabitants is the occurrence of sewage backups. A sump pump can make sure that your basement doesn’t flood even when this issue happens.
- Molds and mildew grow rapidly in damp and dark places, both of which can easily be your basement. Pooled water is sometimes the most significant source of dampness in basements. Sump pumps will make sure that no pooling of water will occur in your basement.
- By removing the excess water in your basement, sump pumps can help reduce the humidity in your home. This makes your home both more comfortable to live in, and also prevents other humidity issues.
Disadvantages Of Using A Sump Pump For Your Basement
- Sump pumps have high installation costs, most especially for larger homes that require more powerful pumps.
- Power outages can render your sump pump and pit completely useless.
- Repair and maintenance of sump pumps often require professional help, which means additional costs.
How To Install A Sump Pump And Pit
Proper installation of your sump pump and pit is crucial for them to work effectively. Errors can both render your system useless, and, in some cases, make water pooling worse. Luckily, you can do it within a single day. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can correctly install your own sump pump and pit:
- Find a proper location: install your sump pump system somewhere close to an outlet pre-fitted with a voltage regulator and waterproofing. You should also place it in the lowest area of your basement.
- Dig a hole for your sump: your hole should be at least six inches deeper, and ten inched wider than your sump pit. Then, place the sump inside the hole.
- Pour gravel around your sump: this will help your sump fit better into your hole. Make sure to leave around two inches of the top of the sump.
- Attach the pump to the PVC discharge pipe: the discharge pipe should lead somewhere you can properly dispose of sewage water.
- Apply a sealant to the hole leading outside your property
- Install a check valve: this valve prevents the backflow of sewage water from your discharge pipe. Make sure that your check valve is compatible with vertical operation.
- Cover your sump pit
By carefully following these steps, you can now have a fully-functioning sump pump system. You can now rest assured that your basement will not be flooded. However, besides a sump pump system, waterproofing is another crucial step to preventing water damage in your home.
Permadry Waterproofing Seattle provides one of the best basement waterproofing services in the northwest area. Our team of experts also offers top-notch drainage systems and sump pump services. You can contact us now by clicking this link.
A significant number of homeowners in the US prefer wooden homes. Their reasons may vary anywhere between the material being cheaper to wooden houses being faster to build. Whatever your reason may be, properly waterproofing your wooden foundation is crucial to the health of your property.
Waterproofing is the process of protecting wood from water damage. Homeowners, like you, can do it in various ways. These methods include applying waterproofing chemicals, using a waterproof design, and more. Here are some ways you can make sure that your home’s foundation can survive any water issues:
Applying Waterproof Coating
One of the most effective ways for you to waterproof your foundation is to use waterproof coatings. Waterproof coatings are materials specially made to repel water at the same time stick to surfaces. Some also refer to it as liquid rubber foundation sealants. The reason for this name is that most of them include rubber compounds.
Furthermore, manufacturers formulate their waterproof coatings to last for decades. This feature makes this method cost-efficient in the long run. Some coatings are also solvent-free, flexible, non-flammable, non-hazardous, odor-free, or low odor. These types of coatings are not only effective but also good for the environment.
Use Readily Available Oils To Treat Your Wood
If you cannot afford waterproof coatings, you can use materials such as walnut oil, linseed oil, and tung oil. These oils can repel water without damaging the wood. Furthermore, you can mix these oils with turpentine or apple cider vinegar to improve their waterproofing property.
You can also use used car oil. However, this is inadvisable as it is harmful to the environment. Using home remedies such as these have a drawback. The most common disadvantage would be their effectiveness drop after some time. Hence, you need to reapply them ones in a while.
Use A Wood And Concrete Hybrid Foundation
Pre-cured woods are already significantly waterproofed on their own. However, by using a wood and concrete hybrid foundation, you can take advantage of the benefits of both woods and concrete. Hybrid foundations are often made in a way that the concrete section is the part that touches the ground. The wooden section then connects the concrete section and the base of the home.
The concrete section often extends a few centimeters above ground to prevent water pooling from touching the wooden part. Another benefit of this kind of foundation is that it offers better support for your property. If done correctly, you can also avoid damaging the design of your property.
Install Proper Water Drainages Around Your Home
Investing in a good and reliable drainage system is worth more than one could ever imagine. Not only can it waterproof your wood foundation, but it can also protect other parts of your home. You can also design them to avoid interfering with the façade of your home. This way, your drains become decorative themselves.
Properly installing your drainage system requires the help of professionals. Performing a DIY installation risk you damaging your property and making your water problem worse. Although less cheap than a DIY, a professionally-done drainage system can save you money in the long-run.
We at Permadry Waterproofing Seattle offer top-notch drainage and waterproofing services. Our years of experience have made us experts in the needs of homes around Seattle WA. We can also help you with foundation repairs and basement ventilation systems. Contact us now by clicking on this link. You can also call us at (206) 309-5147 or email us at [email protected]
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