Hello and welcome to my home improvement blog where we will today discuss basement remodeling techniques and in particular I would like to explain (most taken from http://basementrenovations.net/). I want to start with saying that basement waterproofing is a technique that involves various methods that in the end should make you basement completely free of any type of water, or moisture. There are several different methods that you could use in order to waterproof your basement, however there are some common problems that usually occur when waterproofing. In order to make it more easier for you to deal with these problems, today I would like to discuss some of the basic solutions that you may use in these particular situations.
Basement Waterproofing Basic Facts
First of all, you probably understand that waterproofing is necessary for structures that are built at or below ground, not only because of water that may appear and destroyed the structure, but also because without the necessary drainage groundwater couldn’t make a serious damage. You have to understand that groundwater is likely to build up in the soil and thus raise the water table. Once the water table is high, it causes hydro static pressure, which is exerted underneath basement floors and against basement walls. This pressure causes the walls to crack and the cracking of foundation walls. Therefore, unless you want your basement to be structurally devastated, make sure that you waterproof it in time.
What Causes Leaks And Water Issues?
When you are remodeling your basement, you should carefully inspect the basement for water leakage. When it comes to basement waterproofing in particular, you will have to dedicate some time to finding where the problem occurs, and what causes water seepage and leaks. Usually, one of the basic materials which are used in home construction of the basement is concrete. When there are pockets are not removed in the concrete walls, it can easily crack and water can easily force its way through the wall. Furthermore, foundations which are too narrow, or not to lead to deep enough in time will also become more susceptible to movement caused by soil erosion. In addition to that, gutters and downspouts are usually another source of water seepage in the basement.
How To Spot Water Damage Early On?
If you are worried that water might be damaging your basement, or if you’re looking for the source of seepage, you should look for cracked walls, buckling walls, peeling paint, mold, as well as efflorescence.
Cracks, which may be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or stair-stepped, are usually the most evident sign of problems. Especially if you see that severe pressure is widening these cracks.
In addition to that, hydro static pressure also causes walls to be bowed inward.
Moreover, peeling paint will also signal a problem in your basement. This is mainly happens because the water which is seeping through walls leads to bubbling or peeling paint along basement walls.
Efflorescence, is the white, powdery residue, which is often found on basement walls near the floor, and it is a common sign of moisture and water problems in the basement.
It goes without saying that mold which grows in damp, dark areas is another sign of problems with water and leakage. In addition to that, it can also cause respiratory problems after prolonged exposure.