Basement Waterproofing is needed anytime a structure is built at ground level or below ground. Waterproofing and drainage considerations are especially needed in cases where ground water is likely to build up in the soil and raise the water table. This higher water table causes hydrostatic pressure to be exerted underneath basement floors and against basement walls. Hydrostatic pressure
forces water in through cracks in foundation walls, through openings caused by expansion and contraction of the footing-foundation wall joint and up through floor cracks. Hydrostatic pressure can cause major structural damage to foundation walls and is likely to contribute to mold, decay and other moisture related problems.
Warning signs that you have waterproofing problems in your basement can include:
- Signs of Mold and Mildew Fungus - this can grow in damp or dark areas, and cause discoloration, or musty odors.
- Moldy Odors - This is the result of the decay process from mold, and dry rot.
- Peeling Paint – This is a sign that you have moisture problems and may have waterproofing issues.
- Damp Spots on Walls – Water has absorbed through your walls and you need to confirm the source of the water.
- White Substance on Basement Walls – This is a chemical breakdown of the bonding agent that holds your walls together. This white substance can be a sign of possible structural deterioration.
- Cracked Walls – These should be inspected to determine the exact cause.
- Rust on Appliances or Furniture Like furnaces – Rust is caused by a wet environment and can be a sign of waterproofing issues.
If you have on-going occurrences in your basement you may need to investigate on procedures to waterproof your basement. Mold remediation can be handled professionally but but if the source is not repaired you will be dealing with the various signs above over and over again. If any of these signs sound familiar please make sure you look into fixing the source of the water intrusion instead of fixing the affects of the water damage time after time. It may cost money up front but it will save you money in the long run and help to maintain the structural integrity of the home.
Hire The Right Contractor
Carpet cleaning by the lowest bidder.
If this is your idea of a carpet cleaning…you may want to keep our phone number close at hand. Carpet cleaning is not expensive and should be done routinely but buyer beware…if you don’t hire the right company you can end up with too much water and chemicals left in your carpet which can lead to additional problems that you did not want. Hire the right company and you won’t have a problem. Hire this guy and you will have a bigger problem than stains on your carpet…you will have mold on your carpet!
A Leaky Roof Can Lead to Trouble
If you see spots in the ceiling like this one it may be time to have your roof inspected for a potential leak.
If you discover that your roof is leaking it is extremely important to take prompt action to have it repaired. Not doing so may put your entire home at risk. If your roof is leaking, even if it only appears to be a minor leak, this could be an indicator of a much greater problem. Even a small leak in your roof can cause a great deal of damage if it persists long enough, so make sure you do not let it continue once a leak is discovered.
Usually a roof leak will be noticed from inside of the home when water rings or ceiling stains form on the ceiling. A leak of any kind can create an environment that can lead to ceiling instability, water intrusion through cracks or electrical receptacles, deterioration of the structure and even mold growth. Water Damage can really damage the structure of a home and the repairs can be costly. Early detection and proactive maintenance can greatly reduce the damage and cost of these repairs. It may be difficult to readily identify the source of the water intrusion, which is why water rings or leaks should never be ignored. Roofs are one of the biggest protectors of our home and over time they can become damaged due to bad weather, harsh climates and poor maintenance. The strength and longevity of a roof can also be compromised due to poor quality materials or improper installation so make sure you hire a professional company with experience who stands behind their work.
Once a roofing company is contacted, they should do whatever is necessary
initially to protect the inside of your home from more moisture. Usually, a roofing company will use tarps to protect the interior of your home from further damage until the roof is repaired or replaced. Fortunately, a roof assessment can reveal if the damage occurred due to storm damage and sometimes insurance companies provide coverage for this scenario. When it comes to protecting your home, investing in quality materials and workmanship is always worth the cost!
SERVPRO of High Point wishes you a safe and happy summer!
Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is important to also keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to keep your family safe all summer long.
It's The Water You Don't See
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoid costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of High Point has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry the unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment.
Here are just some of the tools we use:
Moisture Sensors which are used to detect moisture in carpets baseboards or walls.
Moisture Meters which are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. This allows us to monitor the drying process with accuracy.
- Thermohygrometers which are used to measure the temperature and relative humidity of a structure. This allows us to create an environment most conducive for drying.
There are many other tools and equipment used to make sure we can discover the water you don’t see and make sure it does not become a problem for you in the future. The bottom line is your SERVPRO professionals have the equipment, technology, training, and experience to help make your fire, water and mold problems “Like it never even happened.”
Spring Is Here…Are Your Ducts Clean?
If you have not cleaned your ducts in the last year they might look like this one.
When the words “Spring Cleaning” become a common conversation topic everyone begins to think of cleaning out closets, cleaning the floors, walls, ceilings, garage, attic, and even sprucing up the yard. However, one topic that rarely comes up is cleaning out the HVAC ducts. On average Americans spend 93 percent of their time indoors which can be problematic if your home or work has poor air quality due to ducts that have not been cleaned. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) indoor air pollution levels are often higher than outdoor levels.
Dirty HVAC system ducts can circulate odors, mold spores, and dust particles throughout your home or office. Keeping your duct work clean not only provides fresh clean air but can also extend the life of the equipment by allowing it to consistently operate at peak condition. A certified professional can clean your ducts and provide you with a clean environment and a better performing HVAC system. An inspection of your HVAC system can save you money, provide you peace of mind and prolong the life of your equipment.
So contact your franchise professional today and add Duct Cleaning to your “Spring Cleaning” routine.
Remember – Green Means Clean!
If it has been a while since you have completely cleaned your home, there may be some surprises awaiting you. If you discover Mold please make sure you have it cleaned up by a professional company who specializes in Mold Remediation. It’s not just your home…it’s also your health that can be at risk. So call SERVPRO of High Point with the confidence that SERVPRO Green Means everything is Clean!
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