Basement and Crawl Space Waterproofing
In need of basement waterproofing?
Crawl space waterproofing or vapor barrier installation?
Bricks and Beams, The Basement Professor solves wet basements and leaky crawl spaces in homes and businesses across Southeastern PA. Our advanced technology delivers permanent waterproofing systems and products to solve your basement waterproofing or crawl space waterproofing or vapor barrier issues.
Basement and Crawl Space Waterproofing
There are six ways water can enter yourbasement or crawl space:
1. Through floor cracks
2. Through wallcracks & mortar joints
3. From bleeding andsweating of walls
4. Over the footer
5. Under the footer
6. Cove joint seepage
A permanent solution to the problem must stop all six ways water can enter your basement or crawl space and it must do it forever. Nothing can get in the way, restrict, or clog the water. If it cannot stop all five ways, then it does not make sense to spend your hard-earned money on that method.
Of all the things you can do to improve your home, waterproofing ranks highest from a return on investment standpoint. In many instances you are increasing the total available space of your home by 33% to 50%. The fact is fixing these problems is more of an investment than an expense. Learn about your return on investment »
Basement Waterproofing Solutions
No Mess - No dust, no muddy foot prints, no mess. We'll cover the floors with drop cloths and your furniture with plastic. As one satisfied customer said, "You left my basement cleaner than it originally was."
Customer Satisfaction - We've many available references you may call and testimonials you may read from satisfied customers all over. We've also got an A rating on Angie's List, an A rating with the BBB, and we've never had a complaint with consumer affairs.
Backed By Research - Unlike other companies who depend on a steady flow of brand-new, "patented products"our systems are not something we made up in order to make a quick sale. They are designed by industry experts and backed by decades of research.
Customized Solutions - We don't believe in "one-size-fits-all" systems. This is why we employ a variety of solutions and often combine them in order to ensure that your basement stays dry no matter what.
What To Look For In a Basement Waterproofing Company
A basementwaterproofing company is a lot like a dandelion in a spring meadow. If youfind one, there’s bound to be a few hundred more out there.
Because leakybasements occur in a pretty substantial number of homes, the number of listingsunder the heading “basement waterproofing company” in the phone book (or thenumber of search-engine results on the Internet), is pretty high. If you wantedto, you could just close your eyes and point.
But trust us. Youdon’t want to do that.
So how do youchoose the right basement waterproofing company when there are somany out there? Isn’t it like finding the best honey-roasted peanut in the can?
There’s a wholelist of criteria you can use to determine whether a basement waterproofingcompany is the right one to work on your home. You can check out their list ofservices. You can ask for customer testimonials. You can get a feel for them bytalking to one of their representatives. And you can see what they charge, andhow they work, by getting a free estimate.
(What? No freeestimate? Well, cross that guy off the list.)
So, when you’rechoosing a basement waterproofing company, make a checklist for yourself:
Abasement waterproofing company shouldn’t subcontract.
Subcontractorsdistance you from the company you hired to do the work. A company that hires subcontractorsprobably doesn’t have a whole lot invested in interacting with customers – ormaking sure they’re satisfied.
Google is yourfriend here. Look for testimonials on the web, or reviews of the basementwaterproofing company in question. Sites like Angie’s List offer comprehensive reviews ofall kinds of contractors.
Yourgrandpa was right:
To get the measure of a man, your grandpa used to say, you got to shake his hand and look in his eye. It’s the same with contractors. See if the company will send a representative over to assess your problem and provide an estimate. This is the time for you to keep your eyes peeled – if you hire this particular contractor, he and his workers will be in your home for several days or weeks. Is that something you want?
Hardsell doesn’t sell
It’s impressive to see someone who’s determined to make a sale, but ultimately the decision is up to you, and a contractor should recognize that. Anyone who says your house will fall down if you don’t hire him right now isn’t to be trusted.
A good basement waterproofing company is hard to come by. But with a little research and a good eye for quality, you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
So why is everyone concerned about alittle mold all of a sudden?
Because high concentrations of mold is a Health Risk. Mold spores are like seeds, floating around and hoping to land in a good spot with plenty of organic food and water. When they do, they begin to grow, reproduce and create even more spores, and also give off odors (VOCs) and mycotoxins. This is all very natural and when it's happening outside, healthy immune systems fight off our daily mold intake easily. But indoors, it's another matter. In a healthy home, the concentration of mold spores is the same indoors as it is outdoors, nothing to worry about. Mold doesn't find a good place to grow inside, so it soon dies. But when conditions inside are just right, the combination of humid air and wet surfaces, mold begins to grow, and reproduce. When mold starts reproducing indoors, spore concentrations can quickly skyrocket far beyond the natural levels we're used to outdoors.
What's the Risk?
It will destroy your home. Mold is the planet's great decomposer. Eventually, anything organic that mold grows on will break be consumed. So, it's easy to see how mold can damage your home: it ruins drywall, plywood, framing, carpet, furniture or anything else it grows on. It's estimated that 1 in 3 homes in America has a mold issue, and that 1 in 10 is serious enough to cause environmental allergies and respiratory ailments. It's no wonder why most insurance companies have, over the last few years, changed their policies to exclude mold damage from the list of covered issues. The problem is large, and they don't want to pay for it. But, of course, the more serious risk is to your family's health. It destroys your health! Growing mold gives off three dangerous components: Volatile Organic Compounds, Allergens, and Mycotoxins When mold grows indoors; all three components can reach unsafely high concentrations.
Here are some of the effects of eachcomponent, with scientific references:
Other reported effects such as fever, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, respiratory dysfunction (including coughing up blood), excessive and regular nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, liver damage, and impaired or altered immune function have been identified in persons who have been exposed to mold via inhalation
Unfortunately, the most common type of interior mold, Stachybotrys , is a producer of dangerous mycotoxins that lung and other respiratory problems as well as memory loss.
The good news is that mold depends on a wet environment to survive. If you remove the water, the mold dies. So, if you have water just seeping or rushing in, you have to get that fixed, or there will be mold. It's only a matter of time. And if you have mold, you have to clean it up and then figure out where the water's coming from and fix it. If you all you do is clean, the problem will just come right back. Then where is the water coming from? Take a look at our pages on fixing. To learn more, just give us a call at 1-888-719-4869 or fill out the form on our contact page to schedule your FREE Basement Assessment.
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