Staining on basement floors and walls is a good indication that water has somehow seeped through the concrete blocks or walls. Since homes are built into the ground, the water in the soil puts constant pressure on the walls. Concrete is very porous and gets discolored when moisture stays on the surface for any length of time. The coloring, or water stain, is caused by mineral deposits from the water drying on the concrete and are difficult to remove. The stain is usually found under the crack of the wall. When you find black, brown, yellow or green stains, this could be mold. Another kind of stain is efflorescence. It is a white or grayish ash on the wall and sometimes has a sparkle to it. It is caused by water evaporating and leaving behind salt deposits.
The most important step to be done before removing the wall stains is to get the water problem solved. The underlying cause of water stains could be a defect or leak in your exterior drainage system, interior drainage system, or your sump pump system. The cause of your wet basement could also be a foundation problem. If your foundation is settling or has developed cracks, it could allow water to enter the basement of your home. Water in the basement means that water stains are a definite possibility. Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing has the necessary skills and equipment to repair all of your waterproofing and basement drainage systems.
Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services can have a professional come to your home to assess any problems. The staff will then create solutions to help you have a waterproofed basement. Step one will be to repair any cracks in the walls or floors. This can be done with foundation repair solutions such as helical piers, wall anchors, or carbon fiber. All of these procedures will help to create a stronger and drier basement. The exterior of your home may also need some work. Gutters should be checked, landscaping should slope away from the foundation, and have a good basement drainage system around your house. Be sure that water is not pooling around your foundation. Next, you should make sure that all of your interior drainage systems are functioning properly – if your pipes are leaking, or your sump pump is not able to keep up, your basement could be in danger of water damage. Your basement may need to have a dehumidifier in place, too. This will keep the air drier and prevent water from condensing on the walls and mold from forming. When Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Systems has taken care of the water issues in your basement, you may then attack the stain with special paints and sealers. Calling Matthew’s Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services is the first step in making your home strong and healthy for your family.
If you discover water stains on your basement walls or floor, don’t brush them aside – have your wet basement issues fixed today. We have affordable pricing basement waterproofing options at reasonable rates. For all your basement waterproofing Pennsylvania and Ohio needs, call us here at Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services.