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 in 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 rainwater 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, the 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 by 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, or ceiling.
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 dehumidifier.
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 30-50 percent.
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 water damage.
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!