Are You Seeing These Water Issues in Your Home?
If you’ve got any of the following in your home, you probably have a wet basement problem. It’s best to address this ASAP since water in your basement can lead to other major problems.
Water Intrusion in Basements
Small water leaks lead to bigger water leaks. Water is one of nature’s most destructive forces. Once it finds a way in, it will only continue to grow until the problem leads to major damage, mold and structural issues to the home’s foundation. A damp or wet basement can cause more than just a bad smell, it can become a major headache, especially when the bill to repair it comes due. Any water issues in your basement can create bigger problems like mold & mildew, wood rot, structural damage to foundations, concrete degradation, and in some cases can lead to a variety of health-related problems. Noticing any of the signs listed below should be cause for concern and should prompt an immediate basement waterproofing professional solution.
- Musty odors
- Wet or damp basement floor
- Stained and damp basement walls
- Standing or pooling water
- Leaky basement windows
- Crystalline (white powder looking substance) deposits on concrete surfaces
- Any condensation
- Sump pump malfunction or improper installation
Ponding Water Causing Wet & Damp Basement or Crawl Space
If you’re seeing water ponding in your yard, towards the house or running against it, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’re experiencing water intrusion in your basement or crawl space. Our team consists of a erosion control expert, who can identify these potential problems, then create solutions to divert the water away from the structure. This can be done by building up the grade and pitching it the proper direction. In some cases, a retaining wall may be the best solution. Our staff has partnered with one of the most respected retaining wall builders in Atlanta, McCullough Landscaping. So, not only can we solve the issue mechanically, but also do it with a design flare that’ll have you glad this problem existed in the first place. In some case, an underground catch basin or drain may be necessary used in conjunction with these other options.
No matter which of these methods we use to correct the problem, this will be the first step in waterproofing any basement or crawl space. It’s best to stop the water intrusion in it’s tracks before moving on to the actual basement waterproofing. We’ve actually seen in several instances where installing these solutions up front prevented us from even having to do any additional waterproofing to the actual structure. This is rare, but it does happen.
Wet & Stained Basement Walls
Are you seeing wet walls or water stains on your basement walls? The 2 most common causes of wet or moist basement walls are: Indoor humidity condensing on cold surfaces. Think of water droplets form on a cold drink on a humid day. The 2nd is water or water vapor coming from outside. This can be rainwater, melting snow, which isn’t as common here in the Atlanta area or groundwater which has saturated the soil around your foundation. It can then leak in through cracks, or even penetrate porous concrete or masonry walls.
A simple yet inexpensive way to figure out if the water is coming from inside condensation or exterior water intrusion is to tape a piece of aluminum foil to the stained part of the wall. Check it after a couple days and if the foil is damp on the room side, the water is coming from inside. If the foil is damp between the sheet and the wall… the water is coming from outside. Just a pro tip for you. Don’t worry, we’re not going to bill you for that. 😊
Musty or Smelly Basement are Inevitable Signs of Allergy Causing Mold
Musty smells in a basement are almost always a sign of mold growth, which could potentially lead to a number of additional health related problems. Mold in you’re a space will undoubtedly get worse if left unresolved and these damp environments are breeding grounds for mold growth. The Metro Atlanta area has plenty of humidity which negatively impacts the dampness of your crawl space, especially in the spring and summer. Noticing any mold in your crawl space should be addressed immediately to ensure you stop and correct the problem, making sure you and your family aren’t impacted with adverse health issues. After the problem has been corrected, it is important to have the professionals here at NAW perform a detailed mold remediation.
Because of the design and lack of circulation in most crawl spaces, it provides the perfect staging area for mold to grow. We recommend having one of our professionals at North Atlanta Waterproofing check for mold, then put a plan together to correct the problem.
Our priority is to solve any moisture and mold issues there are in your home to make sure we can help you in keeping you and your family safe from preventable mold related health concerns.
Faulty Improperly Installed and Leaking Gutter Systems
Many times correcting a water intrusion issue is as simple as installing new, seamless gutters with properly installed downspouts that are connected to drain pipes taking water away from home.
At North Atlanta Waterproofing, we offer gutter replacement services. We can custom design, cut and install the perfect 6” seamless aluminum gutters with gutter helmets and carefully designed downspouts systems to take all the water from your roof, away from the foundation of your home. We have over 30 colors to choose from, so our gutter systems can be custom created to match any décor you may have on your home.
Contact us today for more information and to schedule a Free Assessment.
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