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Basement Waterproofing FAQ

Diagnosing Basement Leakage

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Everdry Waterproofing is a proud provider of basement waterproofing for homeowners who want to keep their homes dry on the bottom floor. Since your basement is underground, it’s vulnerable to groundwater and rainwater seeping in through cracks in the walls and foundation. Leaks and flooding can result in severe mold and mildew issues and the potential destruction of flooring, furniture, and your boxes of memories. Our team professionally applies proven methods of sealing up your basement, such as waterproof paint, which are carefully planned out according to your unique subterranean space. Many of our customers have questions about basement waterproofing and how our professional services can help them protect their homes. We’ve taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear. If you have additional inquiries, or you’d like to schedule waterproofing at your home, we invite you to give us a call today.

What is Basement Waterproofing?

Basement waterproofing is the use of various materials and techniques to keep water out a house or building’s basement. To waterproof a space below ground level, we may apply sealants or waterproof paint, install drains or sump pumps, foundation crack injections, or other methods preventing water from penetrating your basement.

Why Should I Care about Waterproofing My Basement?

Your basement is susceptible to water penetrating the walls and damaging the space, including mold and mildew growth that puts your family’s health at risk. Basement waterproofing greatly reduces the chance of water damage and unwanted growth by sealing out the moisture trying to get in. Waterproofing also helps to prevent cracks in your foundation. Some other benefits include increasing your home’s value while reducing your energy costs.

What are the Signs of a Basement Leak?

When you have a basement leak, there can be tell-tale signs to alert you of the problem. For instance, you may notice a dank, musty odor in your basement, which is from evaporated water that’s penetrating your space. Mold or mildew growth in tight spaces and corners of your basement are clear signs of a moisture problem, and you might have water stains on the walls. Another indicative sign is painting flaking off your masonry walls. Everdry Waterproofing will gladly give you more examples to watch out for when you suspect a basement leak.

What Causes a Basement Leak?

There are many possible causes of a basement leak. A few of the most common culprits for water penetrating your underground space include the following:

– Heavy and persistent rain can saturate your soil and create hydrostatic pressure. This water pressure can push moisture through your basement floor and walls.

– Looser soil around your foundation will absorb more water, and as it expands, the resulting lateral, or sideways, pressure pushes against your foundation. This pressure can create basement leaks.

– If you have a window well that wasn’t correctly installed, or the drain gets clogged, it can fill with water. During rainstorms, that water can seep into your basement.

Can I Waterproof My Basement on My Own?

While the cost savings might seem appealing by performing your own basement waterproofing, proper application of waterproofing products is important to its efficacy. If you don’t have experience and industry knowledge about the techniques, you can risk the products not working or not lasting as long as they could. Hiring a professional like Everdry Waterproofing ensures you get our insights and expertise to reap the best possible results.

How Long Does Basement Waterproofing Last?

The length of time basement proofing will last can vary. Its longevity depends on the methods we use to seal your underground space. Crack injections and waterproofing primers are not a permanent fix to leaks. However, most waterproofing products carry a warranty of ten years, and they can last even longer when correctly applied by professionals.

What is the Best Basement Waterproofing Method?

While every basement is unique and requires an approach specific to the type and severity of water leaks, the most effective method to waterproof your basement is interior water drainage. A drainage system helps you avoid water buildup by moving water away from your house’s footer and out from below your basement floor. Our team will assess your basement’s condition and the best strategy to waterproof it.

How Much Does It Cost to Waterproof Your Basement?

The typical cost to waterproof a basement will depend on the extent of leaks and risk factors. When the task is simple, we can get it done quickly and without much fuss, while more complex cases require additional steps to ensure your basement is sealed. You can usually expect to pay between $3 and $9 per square foot of your space to cover labor and materials. When you contact Everdry Waterproofing to waterproof your basement in Wisconsin, we can give you a more accurate price for your project.

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