Common basement waterproofing problems and how to fix them
Waterproofing is about keeping water out. But, if water does manage to get into your crawl space, foundation or basement, you need to have a syst em in place to remove it.
Inadequate waterproofing systems or excess moisture due to foundation cracks and settlement can, if left unattended, can cause serious waterproofing problems and diminish the structural integrity of your home.
At Helitech Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, we offer free consultations to look for waterproofing problem signs. We’ll do a quick walkthrough of your home, diagnose the source of the water damage and devise a plan to prevent future damage.
Waterproofing can prevent structural damage to your home.
Contact the waterproofing and water damage repair experts at Helitech.
We’ve been waterproofing homes just like yours for over 30 years. We know how to spot, fix and prevent water damage quickly and cost-effectively.
Here are some of the basement water problems we tell our clients to look for:
Removing and preventing mold in crawl spaces
Mold needs three things to grow: moisture, warmth and a food source. That’s why mold thrives in damp, dark basements. Mold can eat away at the structural integrity of your support beams, floor joists and even your foundation’s concrete.Mold is a common waterproofing problem sign—if you spot any mold growth in your basement, call the experts at Helitech immediately. Click below to learn how we eradicate mold at its source to prevent future growth.
Crawl space vapor barriers prevent basement water problems, and reduce the chance that mold, wood rot and other waterproofing problems. Great care, however, must be taken in material selection and installation, to ensure that the vapor barrier effectively blocks incoming water vapor, but allows for the egress of excess moisture.If improperly designed, vapor barriers can actually trap excess moisture in your basement or crawl space and cause serious water damage. We can help spot any vapor barrier problems and cost-effectively fix them. Click below to learn about vapor barrier material selection and installation.
Floors are not intended to sag, or at least not by much. A floor that’s 16 feet in width shouldn’t sag any more than about 0.8”. So, if your floors are sagging noticeably, it could be a sign of serious structural problems caused by wood rot or water damage. If you’re buying or selling, a home inspector will review your sagging floors and give suggestions on how to fix but your best case scenario is to hire educated professionals like our team. We’ll repair or replace the affected boards, and take preventative measures to avoid future dry rot or basement water problems. Click below to learn more about how we can repair your sagging floors.
Water in crawl space: Moisture control and removal
Moisture, to some extent, is inevitable in basements and crawl spaces. If, however, water is pooling in—or leaking into—your basement, it is a sign that something is amiss. It could be that your foundation is settling, cracking and leaking. It could be that there is no effective drainage system in place. Whatever the reason, our team will diagnose your basement water problem and solve it quickly at the source. Click below to learn how we treat water in crawl spaces
Wood rot poses serious health and safety risks for your home. Dry rot—which causes load-bearing beams to lose their strength and crack—can make your floors sag, your baseboards detach from the wall and threaten the structural integrity of your overall home. Wood rot is a serious waterproofing problem sign. If you notice sagging floors or rotting wood, it’s imperative that you call us immediately. Click below to learn how to repair dry-rotted floor joists—and prevent future growth.
Basement wall condensation, though easy to solve when compared to severe foundation settlement, can quickly evolve into mold, wood rot and other structural issues. The solutions for condensation will be different for every home and type of basement (i.e., encapsulated crawl space, open crawl space or finished basement), but our team will beable to point you toward the best option for your home. Click below to learn more about how to stop basement condensation
John from Helitech came out and used a laser level to find where the house had settled. He thoroughly examined the basement to find the problem areas. Cracks in the foundation were repaired by the crew. Very happy with the work and would recommend them to friends.
Alex P, Mike S, Adonis J, Brad K & David G. All of these men did a super job. They were very professional and really worked hard. Their teamwork was exceptional and Alex made sure we were informed of the job’s progress all along the way.