Basement Waterproofing Problem Signs
At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we specialize in the unique problems that below-grade spaces present.
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Basements can flood from almost any point — including the walls, floor, and pipes. The solution to a flooded basement depends entirely on what's causing the flood in the first place.
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Leaking hatchway doors are a nuisance for homeowners who'd like their basement to be dry — especially in a finished basement.
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Mold and dust mites wreak havoc on both your health and your home! In just a few years, they can significantly damage your home and allergens from mold spores and dust mites cause serious health issues.
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Does your basement easily fill with water, especially during periods of heavy rainfall? Do you have plumbing throughout your basement? Does your basement have cracked floors where water is coming in? If so, you need to hire a waterproofing expert. At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we have the tools and skilled technicians to assist with your wet basement. Whether it’s by installing a sump pump system, or an interior drainage system, FSM can find the right solution for you!
Wet Basement CAUSES
Your leaking basement can be caused by a variety of sources. Here are a few of the most common ones.
Sump pumps are integral in keeping your basement dry. But, like other appliances, they can succumb to normal wear and tear, as well as other damage. The system may not be installed properly or it can clog, burn out, lose power, and simply reach the end of its lifespan. A non-functioning sump pump can result in leaks and flooding, as well as contribute to other issues like damaged possessions and mold growth.
Water is a powerful element that can find its way inside your home in many ways. One way is through your basement floor. If exterior footing drains are clogged, water can easily seep through near the floor at the cove joint (where the basement floor and foundation walls meet). Concrete is a porous material, and any water in the soil underneath your house can seep through the concrete slab and into the basement.
Basements commonly house plumbing pipes and appliances like a hot water heater and washer. If your hot water heater rusts and leaks, the washing machine is on the fritz, or plumbing pipes crack and burst, your basement is in danger of damage. Water can collect in puddles, damage any belongings, and flood the basement.
Catching excess water before it has a chance to reach your home’s interior is important. When homes are built, exterior footing drains are placed next to the foundation. But these drains can clog with soil and sediment, as well as be crushed by the surrounding soil over time. Gutters and downspouts also could be clogged with debris or otherwise damaged by rust, holes, and leaks. When this drainage around your home fails, water can easily leak inside your basement and cause further damage and problems.
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SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR WET BASEMENT
A wet basement is an unpleasant and costly experience, which is why our technicians are here to help take on whatever issues you have in your basement. We have equipment – like French drain systems and sump pumps – that effectively prevent or eliminate a basement from taking on water. We have a variety of waterproofing systems to fix your basement’s leak.
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CrawlSeal® Wall installs in a basement quickly, usually in less than a day. You can use or finish your basement as soon as it’s installed.
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Sump Pump Systems Installed by Certified Waterproofing Contractors
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The simplest, most effective way to stop basement flooding is to install a full-perimeter French drain in your basement.
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A dehumidifier is used to remove excess moisture from your basement. It will keep your home dry and healthy while preventing water damage.
Is Basement Waterproofing the Right Solution for Me?
Any water in your basement should be remediated by technicians that know exactly how to fix basement leaks. There are a few different ways water can seep into your basement. Water can seep into the basement through cracks in the floor. Water can also flood down staircases. This means that water damage can occur to more than just belongings stored on the floor. Mold can also form when you have a wet basement, potentially causing or affecting asthma and allergies.
In addition to mold, a damp basement can cause wood to rot, which could affect the structural integrity of your home. Water damage can also cause your foundation to settle into the soil around it, especially if you live in a rainy part of the country. Since Michigan experiences frequent rainfall, having someone properly handle the water damage is highly recommended. With our free inspections, you can have any water damage in your basement evaluated at no cost to you. Please, don’t hesitate to reach out. We provide excellent basement waterproofing solutions in Michigan and Northern Ohio.
Though you may not experience frequent leaking and flooding in your basement, heavy rains can completely engulf the soil around your home and infiltrate into your basement. With the proper basement waterproofing solutions and working gutters, rain won’t be a problem.
Humidity doesn’t always seem to be an important problem for most homeowners. However, it’s a mistake to think so. Lingering humidity can cause many problems over time.
Water Damage Issues
A lot of the time, homeowners overlook the fact that the humidity in the air is simply water. That means that it can cause every damage that water from a flood or a leak could; it just takes longer time to do so since there’s less of it. The water will damage the wooden structure and cause mold and mildew to grow inside the basement.
Small water particles will find their way to the walls and floors of the home as well. That means that over time the humidity issues will get worse since there’s more of it in the basement. After a while, the walls will start to leak.
Water can cause damage outside of the basement itself. Over time, it will start causing damage to the foundation since it will saturate the soil and start putting pressure on it. As the pressure on the foundation grows the foundation will start to crack, sink or shift. It takes time for this to happen but when it does it will be noticeable on your walls and floors.
The moisture will trickle down through the pores in the walls and concrete floors to the basement itself. It becomes especially dangerous when the water freezes during the winter. Moisture that is trapped within the concrete starts to expand when it’s frozen. This, in turn, leads to walls and foundation cracking and bursting.
Humidity in the basement isn’t something that just appears all of sudden. There are many other problems that you may notice that point to the increased humidity that you should be aware of.
Leaks and Floods
Leaks and floods are the most common and obvious sources of basement humidity. When you notice that water is getting inside the basement, you’ll need to address the issue and stop the leak before it gets worse. After that, you should also address the humidity as well.
Humidity in your area can also cause the home and especially the basement to become humid. The environment in Grand Rapids, MI is especially humid and during the summer the basement becomes unbearably humid as well. This becomes worse when the home is poorly insulated as well.
Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew is another problem that indicates high humidity levels in your basement. That’s because they are attracted to humid and damp places. When there’s an excess of humidity in your basement, mold and mildew will grow and be more difficult to remove. This is also a reason to address the dampness problem right away since mold and mildew can cause a variety of health problems if their spores linger in the air for a long time.
Pests and insects are also drawn to the humidity of the basement in the same way the mold is. That means that if you notice more pests and insects in the basement than you’ve usually had, it’s probably because they are drawn in by the dampness and warmth of the place. Insects can cause harm and they make the space unusable, meaning that you should remove the humidity and thus the pests as soon as you can.
It’s not possible to place any dehumidifier into the basement and hope that it will do the job. In fact, most small dehumidifiers aren’t enough to deal with the humidity accumulated in the basement. Instead, you’ll need an industry-grade dehumidifier installed by a professional.
Why Store-Bought Dehumidifiers Are Not Enough
Most homeowners have had some experience with the humidifier with the small ones that can be bought in any store. However, these aren’t the same as the ones that are used for basements. First and foremost, those dehumidifiers won’t work in the basement since they are far too cold for the devices to be able to work in. Room dehumidifiers only work on temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Basements are cooler than that.
Our team offers dehumidifiers that are more powerful and therefore more efficient than the average ones you can get in any store. Our dehumidifiers are equally efficient in colder temperatures. They won’t break down when they need to handle the excess humidity often found in basements. Dehumidifiers that we install also don’t need to be maintained or emptied out.
Rely on Basement Experts
The experts from Foundation Systems of Michigan are equipped and trained to install all waterproofing solutions that your basement needs. This includes installing the dehumidifier and helping you choose the one that will best fit the size and the needs of your basement. They can also install other tools needed for this purpose including pumps, pipes, and moisture barriers.
We are also able to fix smaller issues with your basement that we notice during the inspection process. These include fixing up the cracks and gaps in walls and floors. Our team will point out any larger issues that require more work and provide you with a course of action on those as well. Sometimes, these will require complex repairs and the decision to venture into those is up to you.
Water in your basement is more than just a nuisance. It can cause a number of problems that can harm your home, your health, and your quality of life in general. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Mold and Pests
Mold thrives in places where humidity levels are very high. If you have standing water in your basement, this area will quickly become covered in mold. But why is mold such a problem? It spreads via airborne spores that can quickly contaminate the air you breathe. Inhaling them can lead to respiratory problems, especially if you already have a weakened immune system or asthma. On the other hand, if mold grows on wooden floor joists it can cause structural damage. Removing water from your basement and running a dehumidifier is your best chance against mold infestation.
Where there is mold and mildew, there are insects. They feed on these fungi, so don’t be surprised if suddenly various bugs are living in your basement. However, this is not the end of your problems. Inspects attract larger pests such as rodents. Before you know it, you will have an entire ZOO in your basement. All those pests can damage your possessions, fill your basement with droppings and make your home completely unsanitary.
Compromised Structural Integrity
Mold, pests, and increased humidity levels can damage the structure of your home. While these problems may seem minor at first, they can quickly snowball and result in expensive foundation repairs. Investing in a high-quality drainage system that will keep your foundation dry is a much more affordable option.
If your basement is moldy, full of pests, and structurally unstable, your home’s market value will drastically drop. No one wants to buy a home with foundation problems, so if you are planning to sell your house in the future, addressing these problems before you put it on the market is essential. Waterproofing your basement is the first step towards maintaining a healthy home.
Many homeowners believe that they can fix almost anything around their home and that hiring a professional is a sign of weakness. However, when it comes to drain installation, it is always far better to step aside and let experts handle things. Installing new drains requires a lot of skills and special tools. Furthermore, if you decide to handle the installation process on your own, many things may not go as planned.
More often than not, DIY drain installation ends up in disaster. This project involves heavy machinery, professional tools, and excavation equipment. A non-professional can easily get hurt. In addition, one wrong move and you could cause serious damage to your home.
Moreover, if you decide to handle things on your own, you may not place your new drains properly or secure them as recommended. In the end, you will end up with inefficient drains that present a tripping hazard and do more harm than good. You will also be forced to contact a professional who will charge you more for repairing the damage you’ve done than they would for a standard drain installation.
Investing in low-quality drains and installing them yourself will quickly backfire. Eventually, they will malfunction and you will find yourself dealing with water damage. At this point, you will have no other solution than to call a professional and have them install new drains properly.
Hiring an expert from the start can save you a lot of trouble. They will be able to assess your home, determine which waterproofing solutions will suit it, and recommend a high-quality, durable product. In addition, they can install your new drains properly and make sure everything is in perfect order. With a professional by your side, you will be at ease knowing that your home is protected against water damage.
Why Is Basement Waterproofing Needed?
In Michigan and the surrounding areas, waterproofing your home is a necessity. Due to heavy rains, the soil around your home’s basement can become saturated with water. This soil, also known as “backfill” soil, is what is removed in order to build the foundation of your basement. This soil is very loose compared to the untouched soil around your home, making it easier for water to seep in. This creates what is called the “Clay Bowl Effect,” which essentially creates a water table around your house. Over time, loose soil can cause your foundation to settle, which can damage the structure of your home.
Mold grows primarily in dark, damp places. This makes your basement the best place for hazardous, unsightly mold to form. Mold can greatly affect allergy and asthma sufferers, and may even trigger some allergies in people that don’t normally suffer from them. Mold spores can spread quickly, making clothes unwearable and furniture unusable. Musty odors emanate from moldy areas, quickly filling your home with an unpleasant smell that can even linger on clothes that seem unaffected by the mold. Black mold in your home can be extremely hazardous to you and your family. That is why any sign of mold should be assessed and remediated.
Basements are often used as storage spaces for personal belongings. Basement leaks can cause water damage to priceless items, such as stored photo albums and furniture. Moisture in your basement can cause mildew and mold to grow on your belonging made of wood or some type of fabric. Water can come in from both cracks in the floor, as well as openings in your basement stairs, particularly if they lead to the outside. So, no matter where you place your belongings – unless they are in waterproof containers – they will be ruined. Keep your personal belongings safe by hiring a waterproofing expert.
Common Basement Waterproofing Tips & Mistakes
- Many homes have plumbing that runs through their basement. Over time, pipes can begin to rust and crack, filling your basement quickly with water. To prevent extreme water damage, keep your pipes in good shape and replace any rusty, cracked pipes.
- Evaluate the floors of your basement, checking for any cracks that water can seep into. Cracks can begin to form as your house’s foundation gradually begins to settle. Cracks in your basement floor, especially living in Michigan and northern Ohio where there are heavy rains, are one of the most common sources of water leaks.
- If you live in a state or area – like Michigan and northern Ohio – where heavy rainfall is common, you need to have effective waterproofing solutions in place. Ensure your basement is properly sealed off from water damage by contacting a basement waterproofing professional.
- Not contacting a waterproofing expert when you notice your basement is leaking or has standing water. Ignoring the problem can lead to more costly repairs in the future. Water damage can permanently ruin your valuable possessions and your home’s wooden structure.
- Thinking that a wet basement is a quick fix you can do on your own can be detrimental to your basement’s integrity. At FSM, we offer free inspections, so we can evaluate your home and determine exactly what needs to be done to take on water damage in your basement.
- Thinking that all basement waterproofing solutions are the same when that is quite the opposite. You may have standing water that needs to be removed using a sump pump, or you may need French drain systems to keep your basement from flooding.
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