wet basement, flooded basementOur home state of Indiana is known for its heavy rains, hot summers, and harsh winters. Due to the extreme changes in weather here in the Midwest, many Indiana homes have problems with excess water in the basement. Following are some of the most common basement water problems and how a basement waterproofing professional can help you solve them.

Wet/Flooded Basement

 Problems

A wet or flooded basement is a common basement water problem, especially after a heavy rainfall. It can leadto damage to heating and cooling equipment, floor coverings, furniture, and personal possessions in the basement. Surface water may seep into your home for any of the following reasons:

  • Surface water runs down foundation walls
  • Groundwater seeps through cracks in walls and floors
  • Sewer backs up from your home’s or municipal sewer system

Solutions

PFS offers a variety of solutions to solve common basement water problems due to flooding. Each solution depends on the underlying problem, including:

  • Exterior waterproofing including French drains to reduce excess surface water
  • Interior waterproofing including sump pumps to reduce the  amount of groundwater seeping through cracks
  • Diagnosis and advice on what steps to take to correct your underlying sewer backup problem.

Water Seepage

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Problems

Constant water seepage into your basement can also result in damage to personal possessions and loss of living space. Water seepage may be the result of the following:

  • Improperly installed gutters/downspouts
  • Inadequate surface drainage
  • Hydro-static (water) pressure from water-retention in soil
  • Cracks in walls and floors

Solutions

premier Foundation Solutions offers several waterproofing solutions to stop water from leaking into your basement. These solutions include:

  • Advice on proper gutter/downspout placement to route water away from the foundation
  • Surface drainage to reduce hydro-static pressure in the soil
  • Interior waterproofing systems to manage water before it seeps into the basement
  • Injecting polyurethane to seal cracks in walls and floors
  • Installing steel push piers and helical piers to damage due to foundation settlement

Damp/Humid Basement or Crawlspace

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Problems

A damp or humid basement can lead to problems throughout your home. Some of these include:

  • Musty odors throughout the basement and home
  • Growth of mold and mildew, causing damage to wood and porous surfaces
  • Insect infestations, including earwigs, centipedes, silverfish, and termites
  • Unhealthy air quality, causing problems with allergies and asthma
  • Higher energy bills

Solutions

premier Foundation Solutions has a number of ways to prevent a damp or humid basement or crawlspace, including:

  • Exterior waterproofing systems to reduce water seepage due to hydro-static pressure in the soil
  • Interior waterproofing systems to drain water that has seeped in through the walls and floor
  • Installing sump pumps to remove excess water from the basement
  • Encapsulating the crawlspace to prevent moisture from entering
  • Installing a dehumidifier

Basement Mold & Mildew

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Problems

Indiana has high moisture and humidity during many months of the year, which leads to growth of mold and mildew on concrete, wall board, and fibers. Mold and mildew lead to some of the following problems:

  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Allergic reactions
  • Musty odor
  • Deteriorates fabric, paper and wall discoloration

Solutions

The solutions for mold and mildew problems are the same as the solutions for other basement water problems, including:

  • Installing an exterior waterproofing system to reduce water seepage due to hydro-static pressure in the soil
  • Installing interior drainage tiles, sump pump well, and sump pump to remove excess water from the basement
  • Encapsulating the crawlspace to prevent moisture from entering
  • Installing a dehumidifier
  • Providing advice on cleaning and preventing mold and mildew

How PFS Repairs Common Basement Water Problems

The professionals at premier Basement & Foundation Repair is proud to serve Marion, Indiana and surrounding communities in our service area. We can thoroughly investigate your foundation, basement, or crawlspace for you and provide you with a free quote to repair the underlying cause of your basement water problems, including underpinning to repair damaged foundation and stop flooding basements. We use only the highest quality products from USA-made, Earth Contact Products (ECP), and provide the highest level of customer service. Contact us today!