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A Dry Home Is a Happy Home! Call Your Local Basement Waterproofers or Water Damage Experts Today!

Posted in Plumbing Tips on 25th January 2011
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A Dry Home Is a Happy Home! Call Your Local Basement Waterproofers or Water Damage Experts Today!

Article by Rebecca Paul

There are some places that water just doesn’t belong–including pouring into your home. To keep water from entering your house, or to help restore your home after water damage, call your local basement waterproofing and water damage restoration professionals today!

Is your basement flooded so frequently that one of these days you’re afraid you might find a group of fisherman down there? It may be funny to think of a man in a straw hat hooking a catfish right next to your basement steps, but a flooded, damp, or leaky basement can put you, your family, and your home at serious risk. Water and moisture not only encourage mold growth and may carry potentially harmful pathogens, but long-term water damage can actually weaken your home, causing structural foundation problems that could be irreversible. If your basement is doing its best impression of a pond or swimming pool, don’t hesitate to call your local basement waterproofing contractors to ensure your continued safety and the long-term health of your home.

Your local basement waterproofing professionals can approach waterproofing your basement in a variety of ways. After determining your home’s specific problem areas, these experts will choose which method or combination of methods will be your best defense. Some of these basement waterproofing techniques include:

Applying hydrophobic epoxy to basement cracks to stop leaksWaterproof paintInstallation of a basement drainage system with a French drain and sump pumpSpray-on waterproof membranesInstallation of an exterior membrane

A waterproof, dry basement is the first step toward basement remodeling, which can change your gray, dank basement from an ominous dungeon to a place for friends to gather and laugh! Imagine how much better your basement will look with a billiards table, a new drop ceiling, and bright walls, and then pick up the phone and call your local basement remodeling contractors to help you make it happen. Using a variety of handyman services, your basement remodeling contractors will take your newly dry basement and transform it into a playroom, a bar and dining area, an office–whatever you want!

Even after basement waterproofing is performed, there is still an outside chance that water can damage your home. Unpredictable tragedies such as serious floods, burst pipes, and water damage from extinguishing a fire are sad but serious possibilities. If you have experienced water damage, you may feel like there is no hope for your property. But when you call your local water damage restoration specialists, there is a greater chance that your soaked, saturated property can be made safe and livable again. Using dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, pumps, and other water damage restoration equipment, your local flood damage restoration professionals will dry out walls, carpet, furniture, and even remove moisture from the air. Then sanitizing and deodorizing processes will remove all pathogens and unpleasant smells left behind. Your local flood damage restoration pro will even be able to remove stains, replace irreversibly damaged walls and ceilings, and more!

Water in your home only belongs in your sinks, tubs, and showers. If you require basement waterproofing or water damage restoration services in order to enjoy every room your home completely and safely, call your local water removal and prevention services today!

About the Author

Rebecca Paul is a home improvement hobbyist and is an Internet marketer for Prospect Genius, providing affordable marketing solutions for small businesses.

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Soggy Substructure – Water In The Basement

Posted in Plumbing Tips on 21st January 2011

Soggy Substructure – Water In The Basement

One thing that undoubtedly puts off a prospective buyer is knowing that there is a possibility of water in the basement. Water seems to be a prevalent problem in homes, from timber rot, to leaking crawl spaces and basements to dripping ceilings. A wet basement is the second most common problem for home owners (the first being roof leaks!)

It is also bad for your health: extreme dampness in houses has been linked to respiratory illness and can have a severe affect on children and the elderly.

If your basement is currently suffering from too much water, it is better to fix the problem and remove the evidence of flooding before you put it on the market. It is also helpful to get a certificate to say it is water-proofed. If you only have damp proofing, this will not be enough to stop the water coming in. Damp proofing cannot deal with a flood of water, whereas water proofing will reject a flow of water.

But before any repairs take place, the cause will have to be found. A common problem that is simple to fix is a broken, or malfunctioning down spout. This is easy to spot, although if you just give it a quick look you may miss something. Sometimes there can be a blockage in the pipe that you cannot see (a bird’s nest?) so pour water through it to check. The downspouts should not drain into any of your other systems and ideally, the water should be draining out at least five feet away from your property; this may require you to buy an extension for your downspout.

A more bothersome problem causing damp basements could be breakdown of the foundation drains (sometimes called weeping tiles). Some homes also have a pump which works with the weeping tiles, so check this too.

There is also the more obvious reason like a crack in your basement walls which allows water to seep through. These can be patched both from the inside and out. If they are fairly large cracks, use an expanding hydroscopic material (as it dries it will expand). If they are really large cracks, you may wish an engineer to check the structural soundness of your home.

Water in the basement is not usually a municipal problem, but you could check with the neighbors to see if they are experiencing the same trouble. If they are, and it is not the municipality, it may be the water table in your area. If you have a high water table then during every spring thaw and autumn rainfall your land will become drenched and soggy.

Often the water will seep into the basement because the ground outside is too high. This can happen if the building has ‘settled’ over the years, or if the wind has gradually banked soil against your home. Both these conditions may encourage rainfall from the earth to seep into your home and can be easily be remedied.

The solution is to lower the earth all the way around the house. It must also be lowered in a gradient sloping away from the house, so that it does not puddle and overflow. It needs to drain away from the house wall. The width of the lowered sloping land should be at least 24 inches in depth, although most contractors recommend 6 foot! The gradient should be about 6 inches as it slopes away into the yard.

If the problem is really severe, and every spring the rain raises your water table to flood levels, you can dig down further at the edge of the gradient, where it joins the lawn. Here you can make a little ditch to encourage even more drainage away from your walls, and perhaps let it run into an area near the street.

The house wall can then be sealed from the outside, as more of it will be exposed. There are several types of water-proofing applications to choose from and if you want a certificate you will have to employ a reputable company.

Finally, if it seems unavoidable to keep the water out, hire a contractor to put in a drainage system and a sump pump, and use a waterproof finish, like ceramic tiles, on your walls.

Purchased a clothes washer and the hose for water worked fine but now leaks. Buy another hose?
Or am I missing something? I took off, put back on, switched ends, still leaks.
Does it matter which end the screen is on? I tried it both ways but just curious which way is right. Thanks.

Best answer(s):

Answer by mdcbert
the rubber washer needs to be installed/replaced.

Answer by You Askedâ„¢
I wish I could tell you.

Answer by J
Replace the rubber washer on both ends of the hose. If the hose is pretty stiff, get a new hose because it’s close to its end of life. You don’t want it to rupture.

Answer by Fittings Doc
Because of the potential for water damage to your house, you want to make sure you eliminate the leak. In many areas the codes have changed to require Wire Braid hoses, rather than rubber ones, because they reduce the potential for a hose failure.

The end of the hose with the screen should be on the side of the hose connecting to the water supply, so as to screen out any debris that would otherwise get into the washing machine.

If the leak is at the connections, the first thing you should try is to replace the washers. Even the screened washer is available as a replacement item.

Obviously if the hose leaks, or the washers do not solve the problem, a new hose assembly is required.

What do you think? Answer below!

basement apartment flooding, how long do I have to wait for landlord before I call a plumber myself?

Posted in Plumbing Tips on 20th January 2011

basement apartment flooding, how long do I have to wait for landlord before I call a plumber myself?
My landlord is VERY lazy and since this morning I have called him several times and he has not responded. I’m currently at work, but my roommate is at home and said there is literally sewage that’s already coming outside of the bathroom and passed the kitchen and is going in our living room carpet.

How long do I have to wait before I call a plumber myself or stay at a hotel. Reason why i ask this is because I’m deducting the money i spend from my rent. My place flooding with sh*t is not a healthy living condition!

tips and suggestions would be appreciated!
thanks! It’s happened before, and when I left a message telling the landlord I was going to use the rent money to call the plumber he was NOT happy.
Exactly my thoughts! This is the first year living on my own so I’m not a pro on renting places and what to do in case of emergencies. I’m off work in 2 hours, so when I make it home I’ll make the call right away!


Best answer(s):

Answer by Lil Spud
If it is that bad I would not wait to call. Get a plumber over there and deduct the rent. Im not a lawyer but I watch alot of court tv and that seems like a valid reason to fix the problem and deduct the rent. good luck!

Answer by Alan
That is without a doubt a health concern and you should wait exactly zero minutes before you call a plumber. The landlord would be called first, and if he doesn’t answer the phone, immediately call a plumber. Happy or not, it’s not something that can wait when it’s a health concern. If it were a leaking sink, that would be a different story, but this is directly a health issue and NOT something that can wait.

Answer by CJ
Call a plumber and the Health Dept.

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