As you have surely noticed as we pass the halfway point of the season, Old Man Winter seems to be on vacation this year. Over the last 30 years, the Pittsburgh area has averaged over 40 inches of snow every year. With only 8 inches of snow this year, it has definitely been a weird winter. However, in place of the freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, we have experienced large amounts of rainfall.
The National Weather Service has issued several flood advisories, watches, and warnings throughout the area. The Ohio River and the Allegheny River has been out of their banks a couple of times and the Mon Wharf in Pittsburgh was closed due to flooding. What does this warm weather and rainfall mean for your home?
Usually, when things are working the way they are supposed to, snow melts slowly, letting it absorb into the soil or run off slowly into rivers and streams. With the balmy temperatures this season, the precipitation hasn’t frozen and is going straight into the oversaturated soil.
Oversaturated soil can cause many problems to your home’s foundation. The soil can push against the foundation walls, causing them to lean or bow. This hydrostatic pressure can be very strong, so as soon as you notice a problem, you need to call Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services immediately. It’s a lot easier to repair a bowed wall than it is to repair a collapsed one. The saturated ground can also allow cracks to form, allowing water and pests to invade your home. It doesn’t take much more than a hairline fracture to let in the elements. In addition, if water enters the crack, then freezes, the expansion will make the crack even bigger.
If water does enter your home due to flooding (or other causes), it can quickly cause a lot of damage. It can ruin your belongings, drywall or paneling, furniture, and cause foundation issues. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services can help protect your home from water entering your home with both internal waterproofing and exterior waterproofing. Keeping your home dry will protect your home from water damage and your family from mold and mildew.
Go ahead and savor the warm weather, we know that in this area it could suddenly be below zero with a foot of snow. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the unseasonable temperatures knowing your home is protected by Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services. Contact us today and learn more about our foundation repair and waterproofing services for the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania area.
If you have poor water drainage around your home, it can cause major foundation problems. It will cause the foundation to buckle, rise and bow. Waterproofing and controlling water will prevent this damage and it will keep the structure stable.
Proper drainage is required by building codes. Keeping water drained away from the foundation protects you and keeps you dry. The soil that surrounds the foundation needs to be kept at a consistent moisture level to prevent settlement. When the soil get too saturated around the foundation, the soil will heave, causing the foundation to shift and move.
Matthews Wall Anchor uses waterproofing products that are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in the industry. We also use ECP products for foundation repair. If you are in need of water drainage solutions, contact the experts at Matthew Wall Anchor. We have the experience and products to get your water drainage needs done and keep your home and foundation safe and dry.
Matthews Wall Anchor has a recommendation for the Fall for Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia homeowners. Go into the winter season with a little bit of a piece of mind. Inspect your basement prior to winter to help prevent a wet basement from heavy snows or wet thaws.
We have a team of licensed and trained contractors that can assist you with your basement inspection as well. We serve Pittsburgh, PA and the surrounding area. We have years of experiencing in helping Pittsburgh area homeowners prevent a wet basement in their home, as well as musty smells and mold. We also offer foundation repairs if we should notice problems during your basement inspection.
As a homeowner you can do a few things to prevent problems such a keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris, monitor the foundation on the outside of your home looking for cracks, make sure the grading moves down and away from your home, and make sure downspouts are in place and functioning. If you ask us to do an inspection, we will talk to you about anything you may notice such as musty odors, moisture, cracks, or mold. Then we will do a full assessment of the basement (or crawlspace!). We will look for any damage or problem areas and provide you with a full report.
With old man winter coming quickly, now is the time to inspect your basement or crawlspace. Better yet, have Matthews Wall Anchor inspect your basement or crawlspace for you. We have a large selection of waterproofing products including sump pumps, pits and basins, battery backup sump pumps, french drains, vapor barriers and more. We can find the right solution for you. We also have open waterproofing pricing so you will know the cost of your waterproofing project before you begin.
Our team is here to help you. Call Matthews Wall Anchor today to get help before you close up your home for the winter. Call for an inspection today!
With the Spring and Summer being as wet as they have been, we are sure that wet basements or flooded basements have been a big problem for some in our Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia service area. We are here to help you learn how to make your wet basement a dry zone.
1. Clean those gutters: Gutters filled with leaves, sticks and other debris can be a huge problem. Water can flow over the sides of the gutters, or run down the side of your home. Keeping gutters clean helps move water down the proper channels.
2. Make sure downspouts are hooked up properly: also make sure downspouts move down and well away from the foundation of your home.
3. Inspect the exterior of your foundation for cracks: If there is a lot of rain, it will find it’s way in to your basement or crawlspace via cracks. Keeping an eye out for new cracks and addressing them promptly will make a huge different.
4. Make sure that the grading around your home moves down and away from the foundation: This is just purely a way to ensure water flows down and away from the foundation of your home.
5. Install exterior drainage and water collection: Rain barrels, french drains and other options are available. We can provide a free inspection to find the right exterior drainage system for your home.
1. Have a sump pump / battery backup installed: Matthews recommends a sump pump be installed in homes in areas that see a lot of rain, flooding. A battery back up will ensure that when power is out your pump keeps on functioning. We install complete waterproofing systems, and have a page on our website with waterproofing costs listed, so you can get an idea of what it would take to get you setup with a great sump pump, pit, basin, and battery backup solution.
2. Install a vapor barrier: Vapor barriers keep out water, and prevent other problems attributed to moisture and dampness. Prevent mold, mildew, critter infestations and more with a quality vapor barrier from Matthews Wall Anchor.
3. Investigate drainage options for the interior of your home: These can work in conjunction with the exterior drainage we install. Again, we provide free estimates and can find a solution for your very specific water problem.
4. Just like on the outside, watch for new cracks in your basement, crawlspace: Keep an eye out for water stains as well. Musty odors are another giveaway that water has found it’s way into your home.
These are just a few tips that might help you when it comes to wet basements. Our goal is to provide the very best waterproofing solutions in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and parts of West Virginia which is our service area. For a dry zone in our service area, you won’t find a better, more dedicated team than Matthews Wall Anchor. Call today to find your way to a basement dry zone that you can enjoy or use for storage as needed for years to come.
Many people neglect to implement proper basement waterproofing systems because they are unwilling to pay for the services and materials. However, failing to make sure that your home has the proper basement waterproofing systems in place might cause several issues that are hazardous for you and your family. If you take the time and money now to invest in effective basement waterproofing from Matthews Wall Anchor, you could save yourself plenty of time, money, and hassle in the future. We are happy to supply the state of Pennsylvania with a range of different waterproofing products and options.
If you have moisture in your basement, it could cause not only water-related problems, but also damage to the structural instability of your home. These are some of the issues that might result from a wet basement:
These are some of the issues that can result from failing to provide your Pennsylvania home with adequate basement waterproofing.
If you do not have waterproofing in your home, you may see several of the problems listed above. These issues can become major headaches in your Pennsylvania home. That is why we offer quality basement waterproofing for Pennsylvania at affordable basement waterproofing costs.
Some of the products that we offer are priced by the square footage or linear footage. These products include drain pipes and vapor barriers. The drain pipes are an important part of interior and exterior drainage solutions, as they carry water away from your home. Other solutions that we provide are priced individually per unit. These solutions include dehumidifiers and sump pump systems, which we install using our professional sump pump installation and dehumidification services.
Contact us today to see about these and other services that we offer and to learn more about our reasonable basement waterproofing costs in Pennsylvania.
There are a variety of ways that a de-humidifier can help and benefit homes and businesses in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. De-Humidifiers keep your home cool, dry, and more comfortable and safe for your home and possessions. Humidity can destroy your possessions and create problems in your foundation and around your home. It can cause mold and mildew to grow, as well as cause rust and water stains. Not only will a de-humidifier keep your possessions and home safe, it will prevent other problems such as dust mites, dust and allergens, bacteria, and musty odors. Your home will be a cleaner, healthier, and more comfortable place with our de-humidifiers. Our de-humidifiers prevent or help to prevent all of the following, including:
The problems listed above can lower the value of your home and possessions. We know that your home and many of your possessions are large investments; a de-humidifier can help protect those investments so you can maintain the value of your property. It will also keep your family or employees healthy. The air will be cleaner and safer to breath. Sometimes, our de-humidifiers can even help a home or business become more energy efficient. We have seen some of our customers report lower energy costs.
At Matthews Wall Anchor we sell and install Santa Fe De-Humidifiers which have been known to save homes and businesses about $40 per month on operating costs. These products are all made in the United States, as well. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of a de-humidifier in your Ohio or Pennsylvania home. We want to help you keep your home or business safe, clean, healthy, and comfortable. Give us here at Matthews Wall Anchor a call today!
A flooded basement can cause a lot of damage to your home and can create an unhealthy living environment for you and your family. Flooding of your basement most often occurs during very heavy rains or from rapid snow melt.
Because the basement is the lowest part of the home, they are prone to flooding. This flooding can occur by seepage through the walls or the floor of the basement from surface water. It can also occur by a sanitary or storm sewer backup.
When the groundwater level raises or if your home is in an area with a high water table, this groundwater will find its way into your basement through even the smallest cracks in the walls or floors.
The water levels of sewers such as storm, sanitary or a combination can at times, raise to a level above the basement floor, causing flooding.
When the groundwater or sewer level around your home is above the basement floor, gravity will move the water into your basement. Any cracks in your foundation floor or walls will provide gravity with a path for the water to be pushed into the basement.
There are other circumstances that will cause your basement to be more prone to flooding. These are:
Most flooding of a basement happens during wet weather, however, basements can flood during dry weather too. This can happen due to a number of reasons such as:
Don’t be caught off guard. Let the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Basement Waterproofing Services inspect your home and offer you the best basement waterproofing system for your needs.
Matthews Wall Anchor & Basement Waterproofing Services offers several basement waterproofing and foundation repair solutions in Pennsylvania.
The waterproofing services that we offer are:
Interior waterproofing consists of a perforated pipe that is installed along the interior footings. Then this pipe is attached to the sump pump system which drains the water from the sump pit away from the basement.
Exterior waterproofing consists of a perforated pipe installed along the exterior of the foundation, prevent water from getting close to the foundation. This pipe is attached to the sump pump system that drains it away from the foundation.
Matthews Wall Anchor & Basement Waterproofing Services also offers foundation repair. If your foundation is damaged, it will cause basement flooding. Our foundation repair includes the installation of helical piers or steel push piers. These piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Then the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers to level and stabilize the foundation.
We also offer carbon fiber installation. This carbon fiber is installed along the basement walls to assure that the walls are solid and to prevent water from enter through cracks in the walls.
All of the products we use for basement waterproofing and foundation repair are the best in the industry. They are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of basement waterproofing and foundation repair products in the industry.
Don’t let a flooded basement cause you to lose living space or ruin personal possessions. Contact the professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Basement Waterproofing Services today to help prevent a flooded basement.
Sump pumps, sump pits and sump basins are an essential part of interior waterproofing. Each of these, used together, keep water from entering your basement and drain the water away from the basement and foundation.
All of these are part of interior waterproofing. The professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor & Basement Waterproofing Services use the best products for interior waterproofing. They are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of basement waterproofing products in the industry.
Not only are our sump pits, sump basins and sump pumps the best in the industry, but we also have over 30 years of experience. All of our employees are trained in the newest techniques and ECP products.
Installing interior waterproofing will keep you, your family and home healthy. The entire structure of the home will be compromised if water is able to get into your basement. Let Matthews Wall Anchor and Basement Waterproofing Services keep you and your home safe by installing an interior waterproofing system. This includes a sump pit, sump basin and sump pump. These products will keep water away from your basement.
Your home is a big investment. That is why it is important to keep it safe from water damage. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free inspection and free estimate. We also offer a financial program with 6 months same as cash plan. Contact us today!
If you live in Pennsylvania or Ohio, you are probably accustomed to some very wet spring seasons. The beginning of the growing season is when all of the winter snow melts and the spring rains start. If you are not well prepared, this could mean trouble for your home’s basement. Anytime there is an excess amount of water in or on top of the ground around your home, there is a higher chance of that water seeping through the foundation and causing a wet basement. That is why it is important for you to take preventative measures by calling the professional waterproofing team at Matthews Wall Anchor as soon as possible.
There are a few different ways that springtime can lead to water issues in your home. First, if your gutters and the other components in your are not functioning properly, they will not keep water from pouring down the side of your house and pooling around your foundation when it rains. If water is starting to pool in your yard from frequent rains or from spring snowmelt, it can leak through foundation cracks and cause serious issues in your basement or crawlspace. Poor drainage systems can also contribute to your wet basement by failing to remove water when it enters your basement. This can be the case if your sump pump does cannot keep up with the water coming in; this may be the case during heavy rains and spring thunderstorms.
Fortunately, there are a few different things that you can do to make sure that your basement stays nice and dry this spring and does not become flooded:
These are some of the options that our team offers to keep your Pennsylvania and Ohio basements safe and dry during this spring season. If you want to learn more about our solutions for wet basements, contact us today.
Because foundation cracks and other types of foundation issues are quite common in many Pennsylvania homes, it is not out of the ordinary to find water and basement leakage problems. Basement water causes issues such as mold growth, wood rot, high humidity, puddles, and it can also ruin any belonging that you keep stored in your basement. That is why you should take care of any basement water issues as soon as possible.
The best way to do this is to first decide what is causing your wet basement. There are several different underlying causes to the problem of a wet basement:
The relieving fact about basement water problems is that they are really not that difficult to prevent. All you need is a little help from some waterproofing experts. Look for the signs of these basement water sources and try to determine which one is the problem in your home. Once you figure out what the issue is, you can invest in a solution from the waterproofing professionals at Matthews Wall Anchor.
In order to fix the problems resulting from this basement water entry, it is important that you contact a professional team. Follow these steps to insure that your basement remains free of moisture from now on:
If you want to learn more about how to keep your Pennsylvania basement safe from water problems and for information on basement waterproofing costs, contact the team at Matthews Wall Anchors right away.