One of the main problems with a leaky basement, other than damp walls and condensation, is that as long as you have this water in your home, it can be a breeding ground for all types of molds and fungi. If anyone on your family is prone to allergy attacks or asthma, this kind of environment can become a very serious threat to them. And this is in addition to the fact that this leaking water may indicate a weakened or even failing foundation. Basement Waterproofing Lancaster is called for in these cases. This is not a "do-it-yourself" project, so experienced professionals will need to be brought in.
There are a number of different types of basements including poured concrete, concrete block, and even stone in some very old homes. This means that each situation has to be looked at by the professional water proofer as a unique set of circumstances. Very often, if there doesn’t appear to be any structural problems, a multiple layer of polymer-based sealant on the basement walls and floors can resolve the issue. If there is a chance that there may be damage to the foundation, your expert may need to get the walls reinforced prior to coming up with a practical waterproofing plan. In some more severe cases, a sump pump may even be called for, but it is up to the determination of the team of specialists.
As critical as it may be to begin your Basement Waterproofing Lancaster, it is at least as important to first discover the cause of the leaks. Finding out where the water is coming from will help to determine what can be done to prevent it from happening again. Sometimes the cause may be as basic as the elevations of your property. If the water runoff naturally flows downhill toward your home, you will need to do some landscape work in order to correct this and re-route the flow. Another common culprit is damaged, clogged, or inadequate gutters and downspouts. This will cause the water from your roof to pool around your foundation which can eventually lead to a seepage issue in the basement.
Your basement may represent up to one third of your entire living space, so don’t surrender it just because it has some issues. There are professionals out there who will work for you to reclaim this space. Keystone Foundation Repair Inc. is one of the professionals utilizing the best techniques and state-of-the-art equipment for basement waterproofing and other work.