There is no reason to settle for a home with a wet basement or a damaged foundation. And, don’t even think about living in a home with untreated mold problems. Dampness and mold in homes can cause serious health problems and destroy building stability. A home with water or mold problems will lose value and be difficult to sell. Wet basements are lost living and storage space. Damaged foundations can lead to cracks in walls and uneven floors.
Is Basement Waterproofing Needed?
A wet basement can be caused by different defects such as cracks in the floor or walls, hydrostatic pressure, rising water levels, no waterproofing on the outside foundation walls, and leaking basement windows. A good residential foundation contractor in Fairfax VA can inspect the home basement and find all the causes of water leakage and dampness. One wet basement may have several defects that need correcting.
Waterproofing services may involve interior or exterior basement drainage systems with or without a sump pump, stairwell or window well systems, epoxy injections or other crack repair products.
The basement water problems may be caused by bad grading and yard drainage, improper or no gutter and downspout system and drainage, or nearby construction projects that change the water flow during storms. Exterior excavation and wall sealing may be needed.
Even if a house does not have a basement, it may have problems because of a damaged or defective foundation. Repairing a damaged foundation may involve exterior and interior structural crack repairs or wall replacement, underpinning and foundation footer repair, or carbon fiber reinforcement. If there is a crawl space within the foundation, it may need to be dried out and waterproofed with better drainage, vapor barriers, insulation, and vent fans or dehumidifiers.
Where there are water and dampness, mold will follow. And, mold can be dangerous to people’s health. Mold can appear in insufficiently vented bathrooms or laundry rooms, basements, or crawl spaces. The professional waterproofing experts can determine if the mold is dangerous and send samples to a lab for testing. The residential foundation contractor in Fairfax VA will employ mold experts. They will properly remove the mold and make sure it does not come back. Browse our website to find out more.