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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.
A house’s basement can serve many purposes. You can use it to store things that you no longer use. If you have some extra funds, you can even set up a kickass living area for you and your family. Unfortunately, being located at the lowest part of your home, your basement is most susceptible to water leaks and flooding. Basement flooding can cause significant financial risk.
Luckily, you can tap the services of waterproofing companies like Permadry Waterproofing Seattle to help protect your basement from leaks. However, you may not always have funds to ask for expert help. In this case, you can apply some DIY waterproofing techniques instead. Here are some easy ways you can prevent leaks in your basement:
Locate And Repair Cracks In Your Foundations
Your foundation carries most of your home’s weight. Hence, it is unsurprising that some cracks may appear over time. Repairing your foundation can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars due to its importance to your home’s integrity. You can, however, use polyurethane injections as a temporary solution for this problem.
Polyurethane injections seal cracks tightly to prevent them from growing. It also prevents water from seeping through these cracks, avoiding further erosion of your foundation. After applying the injection, make sure to consult a foundation expert to assure the safety of your home.
Remove Any Debris In Your Eavestrough
Your eavestrough or gutter helps control the flow of rainwater from your roof. It prevents rain flow from damaging your walls and digging through your lawn. It also helps direct rainwater to proper drainages.
An unfortunate drawback of eavestroughs is that they easily gather debris like leaves and branches. A clogged gutter can cause water to back up and flow to places you least want them to. Overflowing water may also slowly dig through your foundation, which in turn may cause leaks in your basement.
After clearing any debris from your eavestrough, you should then prevent future clogs by adding a filter to it. You can install or have someone install large-hole metal meshes to catch debris flowing to your gutter. Also, use larger drain pipes to reduce the possibility of leaves accumulating inside them.
Prevent Condensation In Your Water Pipes
Even without cracks, your water pipes can contribute to water leaks in your basement. When cold water flows through your water pipes, air condenses on the pipes’ surfaces. Only small amounts of moisture are produced this way. However, the scarce ventilation in your basement will prevent the water from re-evaporating. The best way for you to prevent pipe condensation is to insulate your pipes.
Inspect Your Sewers Regularly
Besides being extremely unsanitary, leaking sewers can cause the most damage in your basement. Make sure to check your sewer tanks and pipes at least once a year. If you live in a very old building, your inspections should be more common. You can also hire companies that offer high-tech sewer inspection services that can help you find invisible cracks.
Ask For Expert Help
Applying DIY preventive measures against basement leaks can save you hundreds of dollars. However, nothing beats knowing that your home is protected by expert waterproofing services. Permadry Waterproofing Seattle offers some of the best waterproofing services in the Seattle area since 1996. If you want to learn more, click here now!
As a SeaTac-area resident, you don’t need anyone to tell you that you live in one of the rainiest places in the continental United States. On average, Seattle enjoys — or perhaps endures — 152 rainy days per year.
With that much rainfall and the Olympic Peninsula’s high humidity levels, it’s no wonder homeowners experience constant issues like wet basements, damp crawl spaces and the occasional basement flood.
Sump pumps are one common solution homeowners employ to keep their basements dry. Typically, homeowners install sump pumps beneath their basement floors where water often collects. However, you can place sump pumps nearly anywhere water tends to accumulate — including inside your crawl spaces.
If you frequently deal with wet crawl spaces, keep reading. We’ll explain how sump pumps keep damp crawl spaces dry and what else you can do to keep your crawl spaces dry so that they don’t attract rats or create mold and property damage. read more…
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. read more…
Issues with crawl spaces in Washington State affect the homeowner, contractor, remodeler, and property manager. Whether you live along the coast or in a drier area of the Pacific Northwest, excess moisture, poor ventilation, mold, rodents, and insect damage in the crawl space are all enemies of your building’s structural elements. These problems also contaminate the air you breathe inside the structure.
If you’re facing any of the above problems with your building’s crawl space in Seattle, Snohomish, Tacoma, or surrounding areas, you should know that concrete encapsulation is a solid solution. Concrete encapsulation is simply installing a three- to four-inch concrete barrier over the crawlspace floor. Here are some of the benefits of choosing this method: read more…
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. read more…
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. read more…
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. read more…
If a fierce storm causes nearby waters to rise to record levels or a neighborhood sewer-line unexpectedly breaks down, you know the cause of the subsequent flood in your basement. It’s a mess and a misfortune, but, hopefully, the situation is a one-time occurrence.
Determining the cause of chronic, repeated basement flooding often takes a bit of detective work. Flooding is caused by any of a host of system failures, so you or your contractor must investigate. You may even find more than one problem is adding to the basement puddles. Below are the most common causes of basement flooding and how you can eliminate them.
As you remodel homes in Washington, don’t neglect the crawl spaces of those homes. Trouble-free crawl spaces allow homeowners to relax and enjoy their homes rather than worrying about radon, termites, or mold. When you hire a crew to ventilate the crawl space in a remodel, it’s a major selling point for people who want to know that every system and part of the home is under control.
Buyers and homeowners may need you to explain why adequate ventilation if necessary for their crawl spaces. Remember, when they understand the benefits of having the right cross-ventilation between their homes and the earth, your handiwork in their homes lasts much longer, because their homes will be less susceptible to rot, insect damage, and air-quality issues.
Use the following information as a guide to help explain crawl space integrity to people who want to make sure their home stays in great condition.
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