Why Winter Is A Good Time To Waterproof Your Basement

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If you've been noticing that you have an increase in water or moisture in your basement, it may be time to call in a professional. A waterproofing company will come to your home, inspect your basement and determine where the water is coming from. From there, it could be a simple fix or a complex repair—depending on the root of the problem. If you're thinking winter is a bad month for basement repair—think again. Here are some reasons why you shouldn't hesitate to call in the pros.

Prevent Damage To Your Foundation

The winter months generally bring about frozen ground and it can be difficult to dig and work in poor weather conditions. As long as there is not several feet of snow and ice on the ground, most general contractors have the equipment to thaw the ground and rip through dirt and concrete with ease.

Don't let cold temperatures stop you from calling in a basement professional if you notice water seepage anywhere in your basement, crawlspace or standing water around the perimeter of your home. As snow and ice melts in the spring, water can easily seep in through your foundation and in cracks throughout your basement. This can cause the foundation to buckle and lead to permanent and widespread damage to the structure.

Avoid Frozen Pipes

If your pipes are located in a crawlspace, they may already be susceptible to the cold weather elements. If you have hidden water damage under your home, the insulation and heat tape that surrounds your water pipes could be damaged. This can lead to bursting and eventually frozen pipes. Getting standing water to drain away from your home and the crawlspace will help prevent further damage to your water pipes during the winter months.

Eliminate Sewer Backup

Over time, pressure can begin to build up in your sewer lines if there is a blockage or water backup. If your basement does not have adequate drainage around the outside perimeter it can cause the foundation to shift or crack. Prevent a sewage disaster in the middle of winter by having your basement waterproofed and the proper drainage field installed.

Prevent Widespread Flood Damage

If snow begins to thaw or water begins to pour in from a heavy storm it can lead to devastating damage in your basement and your entire home. The result can encourage mold growth and destroy the overall structure of your home. You can prevent this from happening, even in the cold months, by having a professional waterproofer install a rubber membrane, perforated pipeline and backfill with gravel to allow water to flow away from the home. Inside, proper concrete footings, a new brick wall and conditioning sealant can waterproof your basement and make the area safe and functional.

Waterproofing your basement or crawlspace area helps improve the overall value of your home. Waterproofing during the winter months prepares your home for the onset of increased groundwater that occurs during the spring thaw. Waterproofing also reduces the risk of damage that could occur should water begin to rise inside or outside your home. (For more information, contact Central Penn Waterproofing)

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30 December 2014

Stop Mold in Its Tracks

Hi, I'm Carey Johnson. Mold can be more dangerous than you might realize. I learned that when my little girl started having asthma and allergy attacks inside the house. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. We changed the filter in the air conditioner frequently, and we kept the house very clean. We couldn’t, however, figure out where the allergens were coming from. Finally, we discovered the mold that was growing on the floor of the attic – right above my daughter’s room! No wonder she was having breathing problems! Once we found it, we went right to work learning how to get rid of it for good. We ended up reconstructing the attic, and I learned that I enjoyed learning about construction.