Water is of course an important factor in life, there is no question, but water can be hazardous in many cases, and it is often the cause of many different types of damage to a home. Now, water can damage any part of a home, there really isn’t anything it is restricted to, as it can sink into wood flooring and built in furniture like cupboards and cabinets, stain carpet, warp the dimensions of doorways and windows, and cause many more problems. Some parts of a structure, however, are far more susceptible to water damage, and the basement is probably the most notable potential victim of water damages.
Basements, given their position at the base of the house and often being built into the ground, are extremely prone to leaks. If a basement is not sealed properly, water produced anywhere from your kitchen sink piping to melted snow can seep down into the basement, causing foundation deterioration and/or kickstarting mold build up, which can vary in toxicity and spread through the rest of a structure at an indefinite rate. Other potential hazards consist of but are not limited to:
- Improper ventilation, leading to stuffy and toxic air
- Mass-scale insect infestations
- Potential increase in Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that rests as the second leading cause of lung cancer right behind smoking cigarettes
Foundation repairs can be utilized to mend leaks, however, acting quickly is always the best option when it comes to problems that have a tendency to grow worse with time, so taking the steps to waterproof or make sure that your basement is already waterproofed is not only easier, but much more of a cost-effective option.
With the fall season already here, and winter not far away, rain and snow will cause problems for many underdeveloped basements and foundations, and it is a good idea to scope out your basement for any damp areas or if it seems like mold may be developing around the rims of the walls. Our team can assess the problem, and choose from several techniques to tackle the issue and fix it.
At Rhino Foundation Systems, we offer three methods of basement waterproofing! These are the solutions in a bit more detail:
- Interior Water Drainage – By installing a drain system, water is almost completely unable to build up to any level that encapsulates the entire basement floor, and is very rarely still able to form puddles or cause damp areas. A drainage system practically eliminates the threat of flooding, which is arguably the biggest cause of basement hazards.
- Interior Sealant – This strategy helps keep water and moisture out of the basement of a home entirely. It works to keep the problem out rather than acting as a solution to preexisting leaks or flooding. An interior sealant is a barrier, essentially.
- Exterior Basement Waterproofing – In a place like Utah, where snow and rain are heavily prevalent during the earliest and latest months of the year, full basement waterproofing on both the outside and inside is undoubtedly the most ideal method. Foundation access is a necessity for the process, and as such, this tactic is mostly applied to new builds during the renovation process, but it touches every base when it comes to basement waterproofing.
If any issues arise or have been previously noticed, contact a us before the damage gets worse.