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Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing can ensure your basement remains dry and free of water damage, keeping your basement and any belongings stored there safe.

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Beckley, WV

Beckley, WV

With above-average rain and snow, homes in Beckley are at major risk for foundation damage. Basement Authority of West Virginia has plenty of solutions designed to provide long-term repair for your foundation. 

Charleston, WV

Charleston, WV

Charleston experiences humid summers and freezing winters. Both can have effects on your home, no matter what kind of foundation you have.

Clarksburg, WV

Clarksburg, WV

Clarksburg, WV, experiences higher-than-average rainfall that can lead to soil erosion. When this occurs, your foundation, crawl space, and concrete are at risk of water damage, as well as other issues.

Morgantown, WV

Morgantown, WV

Heavy rain and unstable soil in Morgantown contributes to wet basements and crawl spaces, shifting foundations, and damaged concrete. Restore your home’s safety, value, and appearance with reliable solutions only available from Basement Authority of West Virginia.

Parkersburg, WV

Parkersburg, WV

There is a high risk of water damage in Parkersburg given its history of excessive rainfall. A variety of difficulties such as mold growth and concrete deterioration can plague your home due to the excessively wet climate.

West Virginia

West Virginia

Homeowners across the state of West Virginia can end up experiencing foundation problems, crawl space issues, sinking concrete, or leaking basements due to annual weather patterns. Learn more about how we can help protect your home.

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling's homes are vulnerable to water damage because of the area's track record of heavy rainfall throughout the year. Mold, concrete damage, and a slew of other issues can arise as a result of this.

Benefits of Basement Waterproofing

Reducing Water Damage

You can reduce water damage in your West Virginia basement by properly waterproofing the area. Once your basement is waterproofed, it should combat water damage, as well as the issues that occur as the result of water damage, such as efflorescence and mold growth. Keeping your basement dry also ensures that any belongings stored inside will remain safe from water damage that may occur. 

Preventing Mold Growth

Mold flourishes in dark, damp environments, such as your home’s basement and other dark areas in your home. Waterproofing your home’s basement can prevent mold growth. This ultimately prevents the spread of mold to areas of your home, as well as ensures your living environment is as safe as possible to live in.

Eliminating Excess Humidity 

Waterproofing your basement can also combat humidity levels. Waterproofing your basement can ensure your basement remains free of excess moisture. This keeps your basement belongings from being ruined, as well as prevents mold and wood rot from forming in your basement, where it will slowly be broken down by organic matter.

FAQs

A sump pump is a type of drainage system that collects water in a pit and pumps it away from the foundation. It’s ideal for homeowners who are dealing with basement flooding and need to keep that area of the house as dry as possible. If you already have a sump pump in your basement, you should be aware that having just one may not be adequate.

As a homeowner in West Virginia, your property is likely to see a lot of water. To keep up with the massive amounts of water that flow around your foundation, it would be worthwhile to invest in a second or even third sump pump. Your sump pump’s lifespan could be shortened and fail sooner than it should if it is overworked due to the constant pumping of water. Your basement will quickly flood if this happens, and the structural damage caused by the failure will cost more than a second pump. All of our sump pumps can be equipped with a battery backup system, ensuring a dry basement at all times.

If you’re not sure if you need a new sump pump, keep an eye on it during the summer. Summer in West Virginia is the rainiest season, so monitoring the sump pump when it’s at its most active can be very beneficial. If the water in the pit is running at an excessive rate, you’ll need to get a new pump. This will ensure that the equipment works for years without breaking down.

As the name implies, an interior drainage system will be placed around the inside perimeter of your West Virginia home’s basement. The wall flange fitted along the wall and floor joint will be the only visible part of this system. The majority of the water from leaks collects here. Any moisture that tries to sneak into your basement will be captured by the system and directed to a powerful sump pump, which is at the heart of the entire drainage system.

The sump pump has a float mechanism that tells it how much water has gotten into the basin. When it reaches a certain level, the pump will turn on automatically and begin pumping water away from your house. You won’t have to worry about needing to turn it on in the middle of a storm, for example. Thousands of gallons of water may be drained with our pumps. If you have a battery backup hooked to your sump pump, it will keep churning away water from your home even if your electricity goes out.

Our sump pumps also contain an alarm system that sounds when they turn on and when the battery power is low. You can contact our basement specialists to get the backup battery replaced so that it does not go out in the middle of a storm. This system can be installed in less than a day and will not interfere with any other pipes in your home. After only a few hours, you’ll have a completely waterproof basement.

Although foundation wall fractures are not always symptomatic of structural failure, they are the most obvious sign of structural damage caused by basement water infiltration. Wall cracks can appear in a variety of ways, and they typically paint a clear picture about why and how they formed.
Differential settling, for example, frequently causes stair-step or vertical wall fissures. The most common cause of differential settlement is rainwater. Water that funnels beneath your foundation walls and washes out and erodes the soil below produces voids. The hefty foundation walls that sit atop void-laden earth simply cannot hold them, and the walls will begin to break, shift, or settle down into the void.
Hydrostatic pressure is another typical cause of foundation wall cracks. Hydrostatic pressure can cause horizontal or diagonal wall cracks in your foundation walls. These fissures will widen over time, and your walls may buckle, bow, or shear. This is a big structural problem, as if your walls aren’t treated, they could collapse completely.

The area where your basement’s wall meets the floor is known as the space’s cove joint. These seams are exposed to a substantial amount of groundwater, putting your home’s structural supports at risk. As a result, seepage and flooding are fairly prevalent at these places in your basement. Cove joint leaks can create havens for mold development if left unchecked for an extended period of time. Similarly, leaks in these areas can contribute to hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic presser can then compromise the structural integrity of your foundation by leading to cracks, bowing, or sinkage, thereby lowering your home’s total value.

However, these joints do not leak at random. If you don’t take precautions to waterproof your basement and property as a whole, you can find yourself dealing with undesirable seepage after every major downpour. Alternatively, seepage in these spots could indicate damage to your foundation or basement, which you should investigate immediately. The most typical reasons of basement cove joint leaks are hydrostatic pressure, shifting of the foundation, and internal and external leaks.

When it comes to your West Virginia home’s basement, there are a lot of potential reasons of dampness. Some are quite harmless, while others have been connected to major damage to your home’s structure or interior workings. Damage to your property’s plumbing systems and any related appliances is, of course, the most prevalent and simple to identify source of moisture in any basement. Small leaks in pipe joints or deterioration in appliances such as water heaters can cause significant increases in humidity over time. Of course, more severe plumbing floods are more likely to produce dampness, but they’re also less likely to be tolerated for an extended period of time.

Other factors include structural deterioration or a seepage process. While seepage is rather common, it can have major consequences for your property. Because of the porous nature of concrete as a building material, seepage occurs. If the earth outside your home is saturated, the water it stores has a good possibility of seeping through the concrete walls of your basement. This rarely results in significant standing water, but it does increase the humidity in your home. It’s also possible that it’ll leave a white residue on your walls known as efflorescence.

Finally, damage to your home’s structure, foundation, or basement walls is a common but important problem that should not be overlooked. While foundation damage and bowing basement walls are the most serious types of damage that can cause dampness, any crack in your home’s structure can allow water in over time. As a result, you should promptly call an expert to ensure that your wetness is not due to a structural issue.

Our innovative, high-quality solutions have been tested and proven to keep water out of your home, making it a safer place to live.

Paints and wall coatings, for example, are merely temporary bandages that do not address or treat the basis of the problem. While you can use a special sealant on your walls and floors, it will pop and flake, suggesting that there is still moisture present. Water takes the path of least resistance as well. It will find another route in if it is unable to enter through one spot.

So, save your time and money by avoiding quick fixes. Your basement and your family will benefit greatly from our long-term solutions that include interior drainage systems, sump pumps, wall vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, and more. All these products were designed to work together to give your home the comprehensive protection it deserves. To install these varied systems, our expert team uses dependable, specialized equipment and cutting-edge technology.

Common Basement Waterproofing Tips

  • Don’t Ignore Condensation: If you notice any type of dampness or condensation, then you may consider that your basement has a problem with condensation. Excess humidity or condensation can lead to additional problems, which can further damage your basement. Ignoring basement condensation can lead to mold and mildew growth, as well as unpleasant odors and moisture levels throughout the home.
  • Don’t Ignore Standing Water: If your West Virginia basement has puddles of standing water, then it is highly likely that your basement is suffering from some type of water damage. Standing water is certainly an issue with water getting inside your basement. Leaks, whether they’re from the floor or walls, are also signs that your basement is dealing with an issue of leaking water. Ignoring water damage will only get worse, making basement waterproofing an important solution.
  • Take Action Beforehand: Waterproofing your basement before any water damage occurs can save you money and labor in the long run. If you notice signs of water damage, such as excess humidity and minor leaks, you should contact a professional to have your home evaluated. Catching water damage before it becomes a major problem, can save you a lot of money.

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