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In the Pacific Northwest, we live with a lot of rain. It’s what makes everything green and beautiful, but it also can wreak havoc on a basement. In fact, even a little water can cause enormous damage to a home or commercial building. If you’re seeing dampness where it doesn’t belong, contact Masonry Masters for basement waterproofing.
A wet basement is a threat to the overall structure of the building and to the health of its occupants. Wood and concrete can rot and crumble while mold and mildew combine to cause numerous health problems.
Signs That You Have a Wet Basement
How do you know that it’s time for basement repair? If you see any of these signs, then it’s wise to call Masonry Masters sooner rather than later:
- Continual dampness on basement walls or floors
- Basement windows that leak
- A musty of dank odor
- Standing water on the floor
- Concrete surfaced that show a crystalline deposit
- Condensation gathering in various parts of the basement
Basement Waterproofing Options
When it comes to basement repair, either interior or exterior waterproofing may be appropriate. The approach our waterproofing specialists take is largely dependent upon the source of the water. Understanding more about the two main categories of basement waterproofing will help you see why this repair job is such a necessity.
This solution involves the gutters and downspouts that direct water away from the building’s foundations. This system needs to be in good repair to do its job properly. However, the gutters and downspouts are just the beginning of exterior waterproofing.
Another essential component is a waterproof membrane that technicians wrap around the building’s foundation to keep moisture out. This barrier means that the foundation can’t absorb excess water, which could cause cracks and eventual leaks.
Your technician also may recommend the installation of a French drain or related system to provide even more protection. This gravel-filled trench is a sensible and economical addition that helps to guide water away from your foundation.
If you have a wet basement, then you’ll be interested in this service. A variety of methods may be used to direct water that has already leaked into the basement to other areas away from the building. Pipes and drains may be installed beneath the foundation to catch water leaks, which are sent to a sump pit where a sump pump removes excess water to a remote location. An alternative to this method of basement repair is the installation of vapor barriers that are wrapped around the basement walls to lock out moisture.
Get a Quote for Basement Waterproofing
Prompt basement repair is imperative for structural stability and health. If you have a wet basement, give Masonry Masters a call today. We help home and business owners throughout Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Milwaukie, Clackamas and Vancouver complete basement waterproofing projects both large and small.