Basement Waterproofing Saves Your Home’s Foundation from Water Damage and Cracking
It happens every spring, hundreds of homes in New Jersey call in the repair men to fix their crumbled foundations. They saw a crack, ignored it, saw it grow, still put it in the back of their minds, then one day, the whole damn wall bowed and crumbled. They thought about having their basement waterproofed when they saw the crack and come water on the wall, but, they just didn’t have time to call the basement guy.
Well, basement waterproofing in NJ can not take a back seat to more visually appealing home improvement tasks. It can end up being a costly mistake. Many times, when a foundation needs repairs, it can cost upwards of $100,000 and is not covered by insurance, so you pay out of pocket!
How do you know if you need waterproofing? If you have any of the following, then you need basement waterproofing.
- Musty odor – your basement doesn’t have to “smell like a basement”
- A fine white powder on unfinished walls
- Puddles of water
- High humidity
- Dark spots on drywall
- Visible cracks in the floor or walls
- Damp areas on the walls or floor
- Bubbling or peeling paint or wallpaper
- Windows or doors that stick when opening and/or closing
- Window or door sills that separate from the frame.
See, in NJ, it rains often and the snow can come down heavy at times, so, that water has to go somewhere…and that place is usually your basement!
A lot of the construction materials used to build a house and basement, including poured concrete, cinderblock, and brick, are porous materials. This means that, like a sponge, they will absorb water allowing it to pass from the outside of the foundation to the inside of the basement walls. This becomes a problem when water is allowed to collect against the outside of the foundation. Both hydrostatic and lateral pressure (pressure from the side and from underneath the floor) will build up. Eventually the water will follow the path of least resistance and seep through the walls. Another contributing factor is the pH level of the groundwater. Most groundwater has a low pH meaning that it is very acidic. The acidic water will erode cinder blocks, concrete walls, and mortar over time, providing a path for even more water to get in.
So, in Jersey, every time it rains or snows, you can expect that water to eventually start eating away at your foundation. If you want to save yourself tens of thousands of dollars, you need to invest in basement waterproofing today!
Call 877-495-9111 for help with any waterproofing or foundation/wall repair needs.