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Unseasonably Warm Winter Causes Flooding

Winter, What Winter?

flooding, OhioAs 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.

Foundation Damage

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.

Water Drainage

Poor Water Drainage

If you have poor water drainage around your home, it can cause major foundation Water drainage in Pittsburgh by Matthews Wall Anchorproblems. 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.

Water Drainage Solutions

  • Gutters – Gutters need to be well maintained and the downspouts need to be directed below the soil surface through rigid piping to either popup emitters, drywells or to daylight. It is also important to maintain a proper slope and proper sizing.
  • Soil Moisture – Keeping the soil moisture beneath the foundation consistent is important. If soil gets to dry, it will shrink and when it becomes too wet, it expands. This constant shifting of the soil will cause the foundation to shift and move.
  • Trees – Trees should not be planted close to a home’s foundation. As the tree matures, the tree roots will drink up the moisture in the soil beneath the foundation.
  • Surface drainage – The ground surface should be sloped at least 1/2″ per foot for 10′ to keep the water flow away from the foundation.
  • Channel drains – Channel drains are usually placed between driveways and garages to direct the water toward a catch basin or emitter.
  • Drainage boards – Foundation drainage boards are installed on the outside of concrete walls to direct water to the perimeter drain tile. These drainage boards are installed over a waterproofing membrane and have dimples that direct water away from the foundation toward the drain tile.
  • Drain pipe – Drain pipes are placed alongside the footing. These can be placed in the interior or exterior or both.
  • Subsurface drainage – Foundation drains are made from rigid drain tile and are then connected to a sump pump system to drain the water away from the foundation.
  • Building codes – Building codes require drain pipes around all foundations.

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.

Inspect Your Basement Before Winter

Prevent a Wet Basement in the Spring!

get a wet basement inspection todayMatthews 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.

Prevent Problems in the Future with an Inspection

clear gutters before the ice comes to prevent a wet basementAs 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!

How to Make Your Wet Basement a Dry Zone

Expert Waterproofing Advice and Products for a Dry Zone Basement

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.

Home Exterior Tips for a Dry Zone:

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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.

Home Interior Tips for a Dry Zone:

houses-691586_6401. 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.

The Cost of Not Waterproofing Your Pennsylvania Basement

Basement Waterproofing Costs in Pennsylvania

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:

  • 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 your 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 are some of the issues that can result from failing to provide your Pennsylvania home with adequate basement waterproofing.

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

Basement Waterproofing Costs in PAIf 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.

Who Benefits from a De-Humidifier?

Benefits of a De-Humidifier in Ohio and 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:

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De-Humidifiers Protect your Investments and More

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!

Prevent a Flooded Basement in PA

Causes of Basement Flooding

A flooded basement can cause a lot of damage to your home and can create an unhealthy Prevent basement flooding in PA 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:

  • Foundations that are damaged: cracks in foundations will allow water to seep in
  • Poor lot grading: if the sloping of the land does not flow away from the basement, water will flow toward the home
  • Bad pipes: bad pipes will allow water to seep into the basement

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:

  • Blocked sanitary sewer lateral. The sanitary sewer lateral will fail over time. This may be caused from tree roots that penetrate the lateral or the lateral may fail because of deterioration. This can cause the blockage of the lateral, resulting in sewage backup.
  • Foundation drainage failure. When a home is constructed in a low-lying area, the foundation drainage system has to work harder to keep the groundwater level around the foundation lower than the basement floor. This continuous working of the drainage system will cause the system to fail over time.
  • Water line break or hot water tank failure. Flooding in a basement can occur due to a break in the home’s internal water supply like plumbing failure or from the hot water tank.


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.

Flooded Basement Solutions in PA

Matthews Wall Anchor & Basement Waterproofing Services offers several basement waterproofing and foundation repair solutions in Pennsylvania.

The waterproofing services that we offer are:

  • Exterior waterproofing
  • Interior waterproofing
  • Sump basins
  • Sump pits
  • Sump pumps
  • Battery backup sump pumps
  • Basement drainage system

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, Sump Basins – Understanding Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia

Sump pumps, sump pits and sump basins are an essential part of interior waterproofing. Interior waterproofing in PA, OH and WV by Matthews Wall AnchorEach of these, used together, keep water from entering your basement and drain the water away from the basement and foundation.

  • Sump pits: The sump pit, also known as a crock, collects the excess water. It is installed in the lowest part of the basement. It collects the any excess water that may happen after a heavy rain. They are equipped with a grate that allows water to flow into it, while yet letting people walk over it. Our quality sump pits not only collect excess water, but can possibly help to minimize radon gas. Radon gas can make its way up through soil and into your home.
  • Sump basins: The sump basin is located inside of the sump pit. When water enters the basement, it will flow into the basin and sump pit. A hose is is attached to the basin and water is then pumped outside of the home.
  • Sump pump: The sump pump is installed inside of the sump pit and sump basin. When the water in the sump pit and sump basin reaches a certain level, the sump pump automatically turns on and pumps the water from the sump pit and sump basin and away from the basement.

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.

Why Choose Matthews Wall Anchor and Basement Waterproofing Services in OH, PA, and WV

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!




Spring Clean Up – Prevent Wet Basements & Flooding this Spring

Preventing Wet Basements During Pennsylvania Springs

Wet Spring Basement Prevention with Matthews Wall Anchor in PA and OHIf 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.

How to Prevent Wet Basements This Spring in PA and OH

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.

Basement Water Problems

Basement Water Problems and Leakage in Pennsylvania

Basement Water Problems in PA

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:

  • Surface Water: This kind of water forms puddles in your yard due to low spots and poor grading or landscaping around the home. If this water gets too close to your home’s foundation, it can leak through cracks into the basement of the home -signs include water pooling in the yard, and water seepage.
  • Seasonal Water: If you notice that your basement becomes wet after heavy rains or after snow melts in the spring season, it may be a sign that water is leaking through foundation cracks due to lack of waterproofing around your home’s foundation – indicated by heavy water leakage during rainy seasons or springtime.
  • Ground Water: This category includes water that seeps into your foundation below the surface level, such as high water tables or underground springs. frequent rains can also cause ground water to seep into the basement and cause issues – water seepage and signs of a damp basement may indicate a ground water problem.
  • Poor Drainage: If you have a defective or inadequate drainage or waterproofing system in your home, water could be getting through and causing all sorts of basement water issues – obvious drainage leaks and signs of a wet basement despite waterproofing could mean that there is an issue with your drainage systems.
  • Interior Water: This water results from condensation due to temperature differences, plumbing leaks in the home, sewage backup, and any other issue that is not related to external water sources or drainage problems – signs include mold growth, water stains, and condensation in the interior parts of the 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.

Basement Water Leakage Solutions from Matthews for Your PA Home

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:

  1. Basement Water Problem Solutions from Matthews in PAHave any cracks or gaps in the exterior foundation or the basement walls and floor taken care of as soon as possible. This will prevent water from entering the basement in the first place.
  2. Fix any broken gutters or downspouts and ensure that the ground around the home slopes down and away to make sure water cannot pool around the foundation. Also check the grading or drainage in window wells to be sure water cannot enter there. Any large plants that are growing close the the home should also be taken care of, as the roots of these plants can lead to foundation cracks that cause leakage.
  3. If surface water is entering the home, consider investing in a basement drainage system, which uses catch basins and drywells to assist the gutters and grading in keeping water from pooling around the home.
  4. Once cracks in the foundation have been filled to prevent ground water seepage, have the Matthews team install an exterior waterproofing system with a waterproof membrane and drainage board to make sure water cannot penetrate the exterior wall of your foundation.
  5. Water that collects in your home due to other sources, such as plumbing leaks, can be collected and removed with the installation of an interior drainage systemBasement Leakage Solutions in PA from MatthewsIf you already have an interior drainage system, but it is not getting the job done, have us install a battery backup sump pump to help the primary sump pump keep up.
  6. Dehumidification and crawlspace vapor barriers are also helpful in keeping moisture from causing issues such as mold growth and damp walls in your basement and crawlspace areas.

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.

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