Basement Moisture Control

March 15th, 2013

Moisture is never a good thing inside of a home. This is especially true of your home’s basement. While water can invade numerous areas of a home, the basement is the most likely to retain water or moisture without your knowledge. Moisture in this area of a home will not only affect your home’s foundation, but it can seriously affect your family’s health as well. During the winter months, outside air can cool the pipes and heating elements like your home’s furnace, causing your home to be less energy efficient and your utility bills to rise. The best solution is to have a properly installed waterproofing system.

The potential for moisture problems exists whether you have a basement, crawlspace, or slab-on-grade foundation. Most basement water leaks are a result of water flowing through holes and cracks in the home’s basement walls or water wicking into porous building materials, such as masonry blocks, concrete, or wood. The innovative FlexiSpan system is your solution to leaking wall cracks. This patented crack repair method eliminates epoxy or urethane injections. The FlexiSpan system first seals the crack with a tough, extremely flexible sealant that will stop most of the water from seeping in through the crack. A second line of defense over this sealant is a beveled foam layer, which would drain any small amount of additional seepage down into your drainage system or into a small drywell created under the basement floor.

The first thing a homeowner should do if they believe there is a moisture issue inside their home is to contact a certified basement and foundation expert. Some homes may have vents that need to be properly sealed before proceeding with water or moisture removal. The next logical step is to have all standing water removed using a drainage system like the WaterGuard basement drainage system.  This system is engineered specifically to solve your basement water problems without clogging. With its special wall flange that creates a neat space between the floor and the wall, any wall seepage can simply drain away, without dirt and debris from the basement floor creating issues.

Some basements could require the help of a sump pump system to curb moisture issues.  The patented TripleSafe sump pump system by Basement Systems has three pumps to respond to the three most prevalent problems that homeowners experience with waterproofing systems that fail. If the first pump fails, the second one takes over. If the first pump becomes overwhelmed, the second pump will kick on and together they can pump out over 6,200 gallons of water per hour!

Another possible solution would be to install a dehumidifier. An Energy Star rated dehumidifier unit like the SaniDry XP basement air system will help to reduce the moisture in your basement and provide you with an added benefit of lowering your energy bill. This model can easily be stored in a corner or closet and removes up to 109 liters of water per day. With filters that remove particles in the air down to 2 microns in size, including mold spores, dust and dust mite droppings (America’s leading allergen) and an optional carbon filter to help eliminate odors in your basement, it’s the only dehumidifier you’ll ever need.

Controlling the moisture in your basement is vital to your home’s structure and your health. The trained professionals at Basement Systems Perfected can assess the current moisture condition inside your basement, suggest the best possible solution for your water problem and offer you a free, no-obligation written estimate on any basement waterproofing or crawl space repair services.

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