Wet Basements: Understanding Your Waterproofing Options

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A wet basement can lead to interior damage, especially in finished basements or in storage areas. It also can raise the humidity in your home, leading to dampness throughout and an increased chance of mold and mildew. Fortunately, you have several waterproofing options that fall into two main categories – interior or exterior. This guide can help you determine which method is best for you. Basic Waterproofing Options Exterior options for basement waterproofing include the addition of drain fields or the application of an exterior membrane or waterproof coating. There are generally more interior options to consider, including interior coatings, epoxy crack filling, subfloor drainage systems, or baseboard channels. Interior options are often less expensive, although not always. Exterior Waterproofing Opt for exterior waterproofing if you want to ensure there will be no future problems. It’s most suitable for ongoing severe leaks inside the basement, or to rid your home of permanent basement dampness. Exterior waterproofing does require more time, since the ground will need to be excavated down to the base of the basement foundation. Once excavation is complete, the waterproofing contractor will either install a waterproof membrane to the outside of your basement walls, or they will apply a thick coating of an epoxy sealer. If drainage around your home is also a problem, they may construct a drain field near your home or install French drains around the perimeter of the house as they fill in the excavation. Interior Solutions These solutions are generally only good for infrequent leaks, such as those that occur after heavy rains, mild wall dampness, or leaks caused by damage to the basement walls. The type you choose depends on the type of leak, and sometimes a combination of methods is done. Baseboard Channels: These channels, often consisting of pipe and gravel, are installed along the interior perimeter of the basement, where they then route water into a drainage system. These are mainly used when leaks occur where the basement wall meets the floor. Crack Filling: Cracks sometimes open up on basement walls, allowing water to seep inside. Filling the cracks with an expanding epoxy sealer fixes the problem. Crack sealing is often used in conjunction with other exterior or interior waterproofing methods. Interior Coatings: Waterproof sealers or paints only provide mild control on their own. They can help block moderate dampness that seeps through walls, but they won’t stop major leaks. These are often used with other control methods. Subfloor Drainage Systems: This system is for basements that suffer major leaking through the floor. A system of drains or a drainage field is installed beneath the floor, and then a new basement floor is installed above the drainage system. If...

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Stay Comfortable And Protect Your Investment – Tips For Maintaining Your Gas Furnace

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Owning your own home is tremendously rewarding and exciting, but it also requires you to build up knowledge about a variety of maintenance tasks that, at time, can seem almost endless. However, keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is perhaps the most important of these tasks, as it also plays a role in maintaining the lifespan of a number of smaller items. Below, you’ll find a guide to some tips for maintaining your gas furnace in your home. Following these suggestions can allow you to avoid expensive breakdowns and dangerous failures, while simultaneously guaranteeing that your home remains warm and cozy for many winters to follow. Consistent Filter Replacement Replacing the filter in your furnace is an important task that many people are aware of, but it tends to go neglected anyway. It’s hard to tell when your furnace filter isn’t functioning properly as long as your airflow remains strong, leading many people to seek replacements far less frequently than is recommended. Be sure that you follow all manufacturer suggestions for filter replacements, including frequency, size, and material. If you want to cut back on some of the cost of your filter replacement, consider buying bulk filters in the spring or fall when sales may be down and retailers may be more likely to offer deep discounts. Thorough Cleaning Keeping your home free of dust and other particle contaminants is not just important for sake of presentation, but also for maintaining the health of your gas furnace. If your furnace ingests a large amount of dust, the motor will be forced to work harder to overcome it. This can lead to increased gas consumption and skyrocketing energy costs. Dust in your furnace can also have a significant negative impact on the quality of your home’s air. In order to be able to breathe comfortably while staying warm, make sure that you clean all around your furnace, even in the hard to reach and out of the way closet where it may be located. Gas Line Inspection A gas leak is not only an expensive occurrence, but can also put the health of the people you care about the most at risk. If you ever notice a jump in fuel consumption on your monthly gas bill that doesn’t coincide with a drop in the temperature, you should ask your gas company to come inspect your line for any potential leaks. This will help make sure you’re not paying for energy you don’t use while also keeping your home safe and...

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