In the next few weeks, West Virginia is seeing quite a few rain showers day to day. While one or two thunderstorms may not seem like a big deal, when they keep adding up they can cause waterproofing problems in your home. If you haven’t thought about waterproofing your crawlspace or basement, now is the time to do so. In this article, we’ll discuss a few reasons you may need waterproofing, solutions, and how to get started.
It doesn’t have to be flooded for you to notice water or moisture in your crawlspace or basement. If you have a musty smell, moisture on the walls or floor, or especially any leaks that you can see, you likely need waterproofing in your home. Additionally, to get to the root of most waterproofing problems, you will need to explore the fact that you may also need foundation repair. If there are cracks in your foundation walls, water in your basement or crawlspace, or other signs, it is pretty likely that you will need foundation repair as well as waterproofing to truly resolve your water problems. This is usually accomplished through foundation underpinning methods like push piers or helical piers. The piers are pushed deep into the soil which is stable and solid for your foundation to rest on.
After any foundation repair and mold remediation is performed, you can move on to step two of waterproofing your home. First, any superficial cracks will be sealed to make sure that no water or critters can enter into your home. Next, there are a few options depending on what your goals are for waterproofing. We would recommend a vapor barrier for all unfinished crawl spaces. This keeps moisture out and gives your crawl space a nice clean finish. Plus, it gives you the added bonus of being able to use your crawl space area for storage without worry or pests or water. Another option is drain system that directs any water that does make its way into the basement or crawl space directly to the sump pump system. The sump pump lets you endure storms and flooding without worry. Don’t stress when you know your home is being taken care of. There are so many different options for your basement or crawlspace, and they are each unique to your specific situation and goals.
If you are interested in waterproofing for your home, it’s time to call Foundation Systems of WV. We are happy to work with you to get you on the right track to a safe and comfortable home. Give us a call for more information!