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Flooded Basement Repair

basement waterproofingFlooded Basement Repair

If you have ever had the disaster of a flooded basement, you know how much time and money it takes to clean up the mess. If you haven’t had a wet basement, count your blessings. There are many homes that haven’t been waterproofed and in most cases, it is only a matter of time before they experience some type of water damage.  Many insurance policies don’t even cover damage or clean up caused by flooding. It’s too common for the insurance companies to remain profitable, so they don’t usually cover flood damage on a standard homeowner’s policy.

The most important thing to do if you get water in your basement is to immediately begin working on getting it dried up and cleaned. It may not seem like a wet basement is really a big deal, especially if your basement is unfinished. The truth is a wet basement can cause a lot of damage to the structure of your home, along with any belongings that may be stored in the basement. The physical health of you and your family are also in danger if your basement is wet.

Time Equals Money When it Comes to Wet Basements

flooded basements sump pumpThe longer a basement is left with water or high moisture content, the costlier it will be to repair and remediate the damage. Even if you jump on the problem as soon as it happens, the wet carpet will probably have to be torn out and thrown away. Discarding the damaged carpet is usually cheaper than trying to thoroughly clean it. Damaged drywall and woodwork will have to be torn out and replaced. If any electrical systems were touched by the water, it would be a good idea to have it inspected and then replaced, if it is damaged. You don’t need a fire or accidental electrocution due to water damaging wiring or breaker boxes.

Even if the water seems to be clean, it can quickly become contaminated with chemicals or bacteria. The bacteria can cause serious health problems and no one needs to deal with that. If bacteria begins to grow, you will have to have the area decontaminated, adding to the cost, hassle, and time of cleaning and repairing your flooded basement. Most experts state that bacteria growth can begin in less than 24-48 hours, so you don’t have a very big window to extricate any water that may be in your basement.

Groundwater or flood waters can be very dangerous and should be treated carefully. Try to limit any direct exposure to the water to minimize the chance of bacteria or other contaminants causing you health issues. We can’t express how very important it is that you have flood-damaged basements decontaminated and sanitized by a professional outfit. Until it is sanitized, it is unsafe to enter the area. A basement that isn’t properly dried out will be the perfect home for mold and pest infestations. The mold can damage furniture and any wood structures. Pests like ants and termites can also damage belongings and woodwork. Over 50% of the air you breathe in your home comes from the basement, so if there is mold there, you and your family are in danger of breathing in the mold spores, causing a wide variety of health issues, some serious.

Rotted wood supports endanger the structure of your home. Joists and beams can weaken, causing floors to sag or even collapse. If the structural integrity of your home is compromised, the costs and time to have it repaired and to make your home safe again are exponentially higher.

Causes of Basement Flooding

leaking water heater in a basementThere are many causes of basement flooding:

  • Poor drainage
  • Flash flooding
  • Faulty sump pumps
  • Internal plumbing failure

A professional company, like Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing, can help prevent your basement from flooding. You can do some things like making sure your gutters are clean and the downspouts are draining away from the foundation. Other things take an expert like sump pump installation, crack repair, foundation repair, interior and exterior waterproofing, and dehumidifier installation.

If you notice flooding or pooling water, water stains, water damage, rotting wood, musty odors, or other signs of a wet basement, make sure you contact someone you trust for basement wall repair and basement waterproofing. Keeping your home safe and stable is important, along with keeping your family safe and your home’s value strong. Contact us today to learn more about Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing can do for you.

 

 

 

Basement Waterproofing in Pennsylvania

Basement Waterproofing in Pennsylvania

sump pump for YoungstownMany people fail to utilize basement waterproofing systems because they think that they can’t afford 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 to you and your family. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services is proud to offer a financing program to help you pay for repair costs. If you take the time and money now to invest in effective basement waterproofing from Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services, 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.

Issues That Might Result From a Wet Basement

  • Cost of Not Basement Waterproofing in Pennsylvania HomeMold or Mildew Growth: When your basement is damp enough, it can create a perfect environment for mold growth. This mold can then infect the air that you breathe in the rest of your home.
  • Wood Rot or Rust: If the moisture starts to rust metal in the basement or rot wooden supports, it can lead to structural failure and serious foundation problems that can be dangerous.
  • Pest Infestation: Cracks that lead to water leakage in your basement can also lead to insects and other pests getting in. These pests will thrive in the damp environment that a wet basement provides.
  • Water Stains and Damage: Flooding and dampness in the basement can cause water stains on the walls and floor or damage to possessions stored in the basement.
  • High Humidity: High levels of humidity can make it harder for the heating and cooling systems to function, leaving you with a higher energy bill.

These problems can grow into other problems around your home if they are ignored. Make sure to address any wet basements before you have a bigger problem.

Basement Waterproofing Costs vs. The Cost of Not Waterproofing in Your PA Home

Basement Waterproofing Costs in PAIf you do not have waterproofing systems 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 prices.

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.

Ice and Concrete Cracks Don’t Mix

Ice and Concrete Cracks Don’t Mix

winterize your foundationWe wrote last month about preparing your home for the winter months, but we felt we needed to expand on the importance of taking care of cracks in your home’s foundation.

When water turns to ice it expands around nine percent. This may not seem like a big number, but when you are talking about cracks sometimes only being a hairline, it can make a big difference. The pressure this expansion can put on your concrete is very strong and cause the crack to spread and cause even more damage. The freezing and melting processes can both impact your concrete. The damage can occur with the first freeze-thaw cycle and it will just grow exponentially from that point, growing worse with every cycle.

The problems can affect both the concrete slab and the foundation walls. If the cracks allow water in, it can cause standing water to enter your basement or crawl space or water to enter your foundation blocks. It can also cause concrete shrinkage and other problems.

Concrete Damage From Ice

There isn’t anything you can do to stop winter from coming, as much as some of us would like to. The damage the weather causes isn’t limited to concrete foundation, it can affect any concrete surface around your property. The top layers of concrete can flake off in what is called mortar flaking. As mentioned above, cracks can appear or get bigger. Lastly, the water can cause popout. Popout is caused by water swelling under the surface, which can cause flaking and crumbling on the top of the concrete.

Some damage is visible, but other times it can occur below the surface. Protecting your concrete is important at any time of the year, but it is especially vital during the winter months.

Preventative Maintenance for Concrete

There are some things you can do to prevent ice damage to your concrete. In the past, people just used salt on their surfaces, but it was found that the salt can do as much damage as the ice. We recommend you use an ice melter that contains potassium chloride.

Make sure that the area around your home is ready for winter. Make sure that downspouts and gutters are clear and draining well away from the foundation. Clear snow and ice from around the foundation. Melting snow can trickle down the sides of the foundation wall and cause damage.

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services has waterproofing services available. We’ll come out and take a look at your property. If you only need waterproofing repairs we can do that; if your home already has cracks or other foundation damage, we can help with that, too.

It’s best to get your home ready for a visit from Old Man Winter before he gets here. Taking care of problems now, while it’s still nice out is better than dealing with it in the middle of winter.

Contact us now to learn more about getting your foundation ready for winter!

 

Basement Waterproofing Tips

Top Ten Tips for Waterproofing a Basement Yourself

downspouts1. Extend your downspout discharge lines away from your foundation and out into the yard or into an underground dry well. Downspout lines often fail even in newer homes so making sure that the roof water is being properly diverted is essential.

 

 

drylok2. Use Drylok on walls that only have minor dampness. This product, and some that are like it, can be an effective short-term solution to keeping dampness isolated. They only work for a few years in some instances and can chip and flake if the water problem becomes worse.

 

 

soil care3. Adjust the grade so the outside soil line by the home’s foundation wall slopes away from the house.

 

 

plumbing4. Make sure that you don’t have any plumbing issues. Upstairs leaks and those that are occurring inside of walls are often hard to diagnose and can appear as basement waterproofing issues since water flows down and tends to accumulate in unpredictable places. A professional plumber should be consulted where this may be in question.

 

 

gutters5. Check your gutters at the roof line to make sure that the downspouts are fitted correctly and are fully sealed. Leaks can occur at the roof and water can sometimes find it’s way up underneath the shingles and down through the walls of the home. That will often find it’s way down to the basement’s footing wall joint and appear as basement seepage.

 

dehumidifier6. Control your interior airspace by closing and sealing any wall cracks or places that are exposed to the outside. Clean and dehumidify the basement’s air quality with a high-performance unit.

 

 

 

 

sill plate7. Make sure the exterior soil level outside the home is below the top of the wall on the inside of the basement. That is otherwise known as where the sill plate is. If the outside mulch bed is higher than the top of the inside basement wall, water can seep through and wash down over the wall. Telltale signs are mulch colored stains on the inside walls.

 

 

basement walls8. Expose any finished basement wall sections that are showing signs of water damage. This could be spotted on wooden baseboards or on the drywall itself. Another sign of problems with finished basements is bad smells. Insulation can absorb water and lead to mold issues behind finished walls that don’t have sealed vapor barriers and proper drainage prior to their installation. Identifying bad sections should be done by a professional if there is any doubt at all.

 

curtain drain9. Create a Curtain Drain in the yard where water is accumulating. This is a non-warranted job by professionals because they nearly always become clogged after a time. They can provide temporary relief of basement water issues by collecting and diverting the marshy wet places to lower sections of the yard.

 

construction10. The construction of a new house is the time to properly seal the house for life. The old standby of plastic wrap and Styrofoam sheeting to protect does work. But it is almost always destroyed during the back-filling of the foundation, causing it to leak. This way of sealing no longer meets the international building code, along with many state, country, or city building codes. If you’re building a new home, it’s wise to have a good interior and exterior drain system put in place during the initial building process.

 

 

Disclaimer… The above information is intended for informational purposes only. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services does not warrant or imply that these basement waterproofing tips will solve the common issues described. A professional waterproofing expert is always recommended before attempting any remediation work.

Waterproofing & Earth Contact Products

Why Earth Contact Products and Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing are the Solution for Basement Waterproofing

waterproofingEarth Contact Products (ECP) is the leading manufacturer of basement waterproofing products in the industry. That is why Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services has teamed up with them for basement waterproofing in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services has been in business for over 30 years and is a nationally recognized foundation repair and basement waterproofing contractor.

Choosing the right contractor and best products for basement waterproofing is important. Once it is complete, you won’t have to worry about water damage in the future.

Listed below are some of the reasons you should choose Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services and Earth Contact Products for your basement waterproofing:

  • Our waterproofing products can help to minimize radon gas
  • Sump basin holds 20 gallons vs. an average of 9 gallons with competing systems
  • Pump runs 40% less than traditional systems
  • Clear sealed sump lid
  • Dual float switch instead of one, so the pump won’t burn up if switch jams
  • Powerful energy efficient pumps
  • Helps radon mitigation with air and water flow
  • Higher volume drain pipe placed next to footing
  • Acts as a subsurface drainage system for a well effect
  • Takes on water far below the surface of the slab floor
  • Sump pump has sealed oil bearing system that can operate without water so it lasts longer
  • Near dust-free system when opening up the perimeter of the basement floor
  • We protect from dust with plastic sheeting
  • ECP pumps have the highest gallons per hour in the world
  • Sump basin allows for expansion to a battery back-up system
  • Over 35 years of experience in structural and waterproofing basements
  • Full lifetime warranties on our waterproofing systems
  • 3 Year manufacturers warranty on ECP pumps

If you are in need of basement waterproofing, you can’t go wrong with the products and experience of Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services. We will provide you with high-quality products, excellent service, and affordable basement waterproofing prices. Contact us today and we will answer any questions you have regarding your basement waterproofing.

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