Waterproofing Basement & Crawlspace in Center Moriches, NY
Water Damage Restoration
There is a problem most homeowners in The Hamptons and Long Island have
in common – wet basements and crawlspaces. In our years of experience
in the water damage industry, too often have we received emergency calls
from homeowners requesting a flood cleanup with their response to the
source of the leak being, "it happens all of the time when it rains,
and there is nothing we can do about it." There IS something WE can
do about it! Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration has come to
the aid of many home and business owners here on Long Island with this
same outlook on their wet, leaky basements and crawlspaces.
Why Basements Leak
It is inevitable on most parts of Long Island, houses and buildings are
built in areas where there is a lot of groundwater beneath them. Under
normal circumstances, groundwater and rain water drain down into the soil.
Eventually this water reaches underground reservoirs or other natural
sources of water such as a spring or river. With foundation walls causing
resistance to the flow of water beneath the surface, Hydrostatic Pressure
begins to build from the surrounding saturated soil. The continuous pressure
causes floors and walls to develop cracks, which leads to the seepage
of water and moisture. If this problem is ignored, mold is likely to grow
throughout the basement, rendering the space unlivable, even for storage
of personal property. When there is mold in your basement, you will most
likely have air quality issues and possible contamination in other areas
of your living space.
Waterproof Your Basement If:
- You smell mold, mildew, or a musty odor in your basement.
- You notice puddles of standing water on your basement floor.
- You notice patches of mold anywhere in your home.
- You notice chalky patches or dark spots on concrete.
- You find any cracks in your house's floors or foundation.
- You notice curves or bulges in your basement walls.
Along with performing a mold removal and water damage restoration project
in your basement, ICER can install a non-clogging subfloor drainage system
along the perimeter of the basement floor.
The water being forced into your foundation from the Hydrostatic Pressure
will go through the subfloor perimeter drain through the special drain
outlet where all of the water is channeled to a sump pump to remove it
from the basement. The system intercepts water at the perimeter of your
basement before the water has a chance to seep in through the floor. The
system has a wall flange that creates a space between the floor and wall
joint to drain any wall seepage without allowing dirt and debris to enter.
The drainage system is good for block, poured concrete, stone, etc. It
will keep your basement clean and dry so it can be used for what it was
built for: storage, recreational space, or additional living space.
Waterproofing Crawl Spaces
When you think of your crawlspace, what do you think of? One problem is
most homeowners don’t think very much about their crawlspace. You
don’t live down there so why bother with it? Actually, in most circumstances,
you are sharing the same air that exists in your crawlspace due to the
natural upward flow of air. Heat rises causing the flow of air in your
home to draw from the crawlspace, upward through your home. Whatever conditions
exist in your crawlspace, naturally exist in your living space. If your
crawlspace is damp and musty, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for
mold to grow. Mold will rapidly decrease the quality of air in your crawlspace,
which will in turn affect the quality of air in your home. Mold spores
can also travel with this air and contaminate your living space. If your
crawlspace becomes humid, it's nearly impossible to prevent mold from
growing there. The only effective way to keep your crawl space dry is
to waterproof it. Waterproofing a crawlspace requires these steps:
Insulate your crawl space.
The first step is to effectively seal off your crawl space so that water
cannot enter it. This means sealing off any cracks in the walls, floor,
Install a sump pump. Next, a sump pump will be installed in order to pump out any water that
accumulates in your crawl space. This will ensure that your crawl space
stays dry even if water seeps in.
Add a dehumidifer. Finally, a dehumidifier will be added to remove the moisture from the
air inside your crawl space and keep the air at an acceptable level of
humidity. The air in your crawl space should have a humidity level of
Do routine inspections. After your crawl space is waterproofed, you will need to have it professionally
inspected and cleaned from time to time in order to ensure that it stays
dry. The cleaner your crawl space stays, the safer your home will be from
ICER can completely restore your basement and crawlspace, from removing
mold to installing mold resistant building material or cement finishing
products along with installing a subfloor drainage system to eliminate
water for good. Don’t wait until mold begins to grow; if your basement
or crawlspace is damp or musty, there are different combinations of systems
and services to properly clean, drain water and inhibit future mold growth. Call the
Long Island mold removal specialists at Island Catastrophe Environmental Restoration today for your free estimate
at (631) 909-1412. From removing any mold to installing mold resistant
building material, ICER will help eliminate the perfect environment for
mold to grow. It is important to improve the quality of air in your crawlspace;
the health of your home and your family depend on it!