If you’ve got problems with your foundation, it can become clear in a number of ways. You may hear a lot more settling noises than normal, such as the house creaking. Too much settling can cause doors to stop closing the way they should. These signs of settling can mean there’s something amiss with your foundation. Another sign that something is wrong is if your basement is collecting water or excess moisture. This symptom of a bigger problem can cause all kinds of issues by itself. Because your foundation is so vital to the stability and integrity of your home, POM Plumbing is here to talk about foundation repair and waterproofing.
A Soggy Basement
Your basement is going to be one of the first places in the house that’s affected by foundational problems. If your foundation has started to crack, it will make it easy for water to get inside. This can present itself as a dampness on interior basement walls or even pooling on the basement floor.
If you’ve got a finished basement, you may not notice pooling water if it’s hidden beneath flooring. Because of this, any other signs of moisture in the basement should prompt some exploration into the root of the problem. That’s because any moisture left to its own devices in your basement can quickly become a mold problem. Believe us when we say the beginning of a mold problem in your basement can become a lifelong battle.
If the cracks in your foundation or basement walls are small enough, you may only need a temporary fix to your moisture problem. This is especially true if it’s taken many years for these small cracks to even appear. In these cases, it’s recommended that you repair cracks in the walls and potentially install a sump pump.
A sump pump goes in the floor of a basement and is used to collect water, depositing it away from the house. It’s made up of a basin, where the water collects, and a pump that will siphon water away once the basin has filled to a certain level. Sump pumps aren’t necessarily a cheap fixture, but they are considerably cheaper than doing a full waterproofing of the basement.
Full Basement Waterproofing
Waterproofing the basement of a house that’s already been built is a very involved process. It’s not something you would want to have done as a precaution. The process requires removing all of the earth surrounding basement walls. Once the exterior of the basement walls is clear, cracks are repaired and a wet membrane is put over the entire wall. This is followed by a solid membrane before the dirt is put back in place.
These two membranes have more durability and flexibility than the stone that makes up the basement walls. That means they won’t crack and allow water in over a number of years.
Is your basement collecting moisture or water? Is your home showing other concerning signs of foundational damage? Give us a call at POM Plumbing and we’ll be more than happy to come out and take a look. If there’s any foundation repair to be done, we can get the job done right so that you can sleep easy.