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Select Basement Waterproofing Solutions provides waterproofing services in Delaware and all of New Jersey. For the quality and level of service we provide with our basement waterproofing and mold removal, no one can compare. Select Basement Waterproofing Solutions offers basement waterproofing, crawlspace waterproofing, French drains, mold removal, mold remediation, basement remodeling to Delaware.
Basement Waterproofing Facts in Delaware, New Jersey
Most builders, architects, and engineers in
and the rest of the country have been neglectful in
their designs as to what is absolutely necessary to
assure a dry basement. As you may have noticed, your
basement walls (interior or exterior) have never been
waterproofed with a rubber membrane. And, your basement
floor has never been properly protected below the slab
to manage hydrostatic pressure. Imagine for a moment, if
we were to examine the excavation work preformed by your
Ground Water enters your basement at the footer joint because of tremendous pressure exerted by the earth on subterranean walls. This stress eventually causes a path of least resistance. According to the Home Inspection Census, 98% of all basements will eventually leak do to builder neglect.
Step 1 - Relieving Hydrostatic Pressure in Delaware, NJ
The best guarantee to relieve hydrostatic pressure is
from the interior. To install a pressure relief system,
or a French Drain, we open the floor around the
perimeter of the basement floor. Never position
the pipe on top of the footer! Remember you footer is
level – Water doesn’t flow on a level surface.
Did you know that 5% of our competitors systems promote vapor transmissions that release increase levels of radon gas and mycotoxins. Radon gas is the 2nd leading cause to lung cancer.
Step 2 - Installation of Sump Pump in Delaware, NJ
is useless if a Pressure Relief System is not installed properly. The dynamics of the sump pump is collecting the water flow that is produce from the French Drain pressure relief system. The average sump system at 1/3 hp will manage 2400 gallons per hour, which is more than sufficient in most cases.
One sump system should be installed for every 120 feet. However, if you experience a power outage the sump pump is useless so installing a battery back is imperative.
Step 3 - Fixing Structural Wall Cracks in Delaware, NJ
Usually cracked basement foundation walls happen most
frequently in more established structures. However,
newer constructed buildings are not immune to quickly
developing settling concerns. As soil settles outside
foundation walls at differing rates, it expands and
contracts with seasonal freezing and thawing processes
because of hydrostatic pressure in the water table.
The sooner a repair is made, the lower the repair expenses, and often carbon fiber reinforced polymer materials (CFRP) can be used as opposed to more costly and extensive methods, including excavation.
Step 4 - Apply an EPA Mold Coating to Walls in Delaware, NJ
Mold has certainly made its way into people's homes and
many people still do not fully understand the health
hazards of fungal exposure. The term toxic mold is
somewhat misleading as it exudes an idea that certain
molds are toxic, when actually certain types of molds
produce secondary metabolites that produce toxins. The
correct term is mycotoxins.
Airborne mycotoxins can definitely destroy one's health and home. Sometimes, people are unaware that they are breathing mold spores and mycotoxins until they are very sick. A myriad of serious symptoms and illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, heart problems, and cancer.
Step 5 - Install a Thermal Armor Vapor Barrier in
This will save on energy bills! As well as, eliminate rot and decay! Reflective Insulation has become a standard component of a total basement insulation system, and it’s a tax deductible.
The Thermal Armor matrix design provides two vital
1.) As a non-delaminate insulator - you never have to worry about deter ration from thermal by-pass, and it has an R/Factor of 14.1. The problem with Standard fiber class other than breathing in the air borne filaments is de-lamination, due to thermal moisture migrating through your basement walls.
2) Thermal Armor also offers an engineered path into the drainage system to manage wall condensation. Most home owners are unaware the thermal temperature 4 feet below the soils surface is 55 degrees 365 days of year – which is the major contributor to excessive moisture, that causes rot and decay.
Step 6 - HydroTex Floor and Wall Membrane in Delaware, NJ
Floor & Wall Membrane Coating”. 100%
Waterproofing! Anyone thinking of finishing their
basement will require 100% protection. Look no future
than our HydroTex wall and floor membrane. Unlike
conventional sealants and epoxy’s - HydroTex will never
chip, peel, crack, blister or breakdown.
HydroTex is a polyurea and a polyurethane patenting formula blended at 180 degrees, and sprayed on like paint - and hardens in five seconds. Its property value increases your concrete by an amazing 1000% and will permanently seal all cracks forever, in addition to, eliminating moist floors. Our HydroTex membrane has revolutionized the waterproofing industry and is warranteed for 50 years. So if you are thinking about building a Home Theater that may cost upward of $200,000. , or just thinking of finishing your basement for additional living space – HydroTex is a must for the check list.
Step 7 - Installation of a Dehumidifier in Delaware,
A dehumidifier on steroids that you never have to empty! In most cases you would need five dehumidifiers to maintain 2000sqft of basement environment at 42% R/H. Imagine doing that with one unit at 5 times less the cost of electricity. I would call that a miracle machine, wouldn’t you. Excessive relative humidity will rot your home – like termites destroys wood. The major culprit for basement molds, dust mites, termites, spiders and other insects is moisture.
If it never rained for another 100 years – you would still have a relative humidity problem due to thermal by-pass. Here is some basement science for you: The thermal temperature 4 feet below the surface is 55 degrees 365 day of the year. That cold temperature migrates through the basement walls mixing with your basement air, which is usually 14 degrees warmer. Anytime you mix warm air with cooler air – you get higher moisture content, better known as Excessive Relative Humidity, the water you don’t see – that’s the everyday problem. Get it!
Basement Remodeling Facts in Delaware, NJ
Before you break ground on finishing or remodeling your basement, Better Homes and Basements recommends that you properly prepare your basements before starting the project. Most important is keeping your basement dry, not only from flooding from rain but water vapor as well. We suggest the following six step process in remodeling your basements:
Step 1 – Total
Basement Waterproofing in Delaware, NJ
98% of all basements will eventually leak due to builder neglect. Most homes are not waterproofed with a rubber membrane. And, most basement floors have not been properly protected below the slab to manage hydrostatic pressure. The first step involves digging a trench throughout the perimeter of the basement.
Step 2 - Install a Thermal Barrier in Delaware, NJ
This will eliminate wall moisture, save on your energy bills and provide you with tax deduction. You will never have to worry wall moisture. The thermal armor offers a continuous vapor barrier into the drainage system to contain wall condensation.
Step 3 - Green Friendly Framing in Delaware, NJ
We can use Galvanized studs vs. Wood. Above, we are framing out the soffit to hide the HVAC trunk lines and all unsightly obstructions. With the right about of passion, equipment and team talent – we can take the ordinary to the extraordinary!
Step 4 – Your Choice in Delaware, NJ
Choose between conventional sheetrock, purple rock, dura rock or aqua fiber rock. We often recommend aqua fiber as it is dent resistant, super water resistant, mold proof and class “A” fire rated. While it looks and paints just like sheetrock it is 100 times stronger.
Step 5 – Make your Basement Unique in Delaware, NJ
You can achieve this through appointed details like crown molding, recess lighting, trophy lights, 6 panel doors, custom wood flooring, and wrap around custom paint. Our objective is to make the space so you would never know you were in a basement.
Step 6 – Home Theatre in Delaware, NJ
Can you imagine a 160 inch LCD picture? While the $300,000 price tag may deter most homeowners, if you can afford this expensive toy, it is a must have. You can even schedule a private test ride with free admission. You can even bring your favorite Blue Ray DVD.
Delaware Basement Structural Repair
Why do basements wall crack? Because your builder never used a backer board!
When ground water saturation occurs in the freeze thaw periods of winter, the ground expands, creating tremendous pressure exerted by the earth on subterranean walls. This stress eventually fractures the wall. According to the Home Inspection Census > 50% of all basement walls have a good chance of cracking or bowing in the winters to come!
Bowed and cracked basement walls can be a very serious sign of structural damage to the foundation. Traditional methods of addressing these issues include using wall anchors systems, steel I-beams, tiebacks, piering, and excavation.
Usually bows, cracks, bulges, and buckling basement and foundation walls happen most frequently in more established structures. However, newer constructed buildings are not immune to quickly developing settling concerns. As soil settles outside foundation walls at differing rates, it expands and contracts with seasonal freezing and thawing processes because of hydrostatic pressure in the water table.
There are several warning signs that should prompt a call to a professional for an inspection besides a bowed or cracked basement wall. The sooner a repair is made, the lower the repair expenses, and often carbon fiber reinforced polymer materials (CFRP) can be used as opposed to more expensive and extensive methods, including excavation. The most common warning signs include:
- Cracked Block Foundation - Indicates lateral pressure on the walls. Serious movement is evidenced in stair step and horizontal cracks in mortar joints.
- Cracks in Poured Concrete - Typically occurs within 30 days of the concrete curing process. Usually a very simple repair. However, in combination with other signs could be a more serious sign of settlement.
- Cracks in Brick Facing - Cracks can be a symptom of foundation movement. Refrain from cosmetic repairs until a professional foundation repair specialist determines the cause to minimize future expenditures and hassles.
- Chimney Cracking or Leaning - Often, chimneys are built on independent footers. Therefore, cracking and leaning usually indicate movement in this particular footer. A more severe problem would be foundation movement disturbing this independent footer. A professional can determine the extent of the concern.
- Drywall Cracks - Shifts in the foundation often cause other cosmetic damage inside the building. Drywall cracks around windows, doorframes, and in corners are common symptoms of significant foundation movement.
- Uneven Doors and Windows - Another typical indication of foundation shifting. Shifting could cause framework to contort out of square, leading to windows and doors sticking or not opening and closing properly.
Sinking Foundation - Perhaps the most serious sign of settlement. The foundation sinks because it is separating from the building structure. This must be taken care of as soon as possible or may lead to wall collapse.
Delaware Basement Waterproofing Warranty
- LIFETIME WARRANTY - FULLY TRANSFERABLE
- SUMP PUMPS & BETTER BACKUPS INSTALLED
- FULLY INSURED
- FREE ESTIMATES
- QUALITY AT UNBEATABLE PRICES
- PROFESSIONAL QUALITY
- FAST JOB COMPLETION
Delaware Waterproofing Facts About Mold
Mold has certainly made its way into people's homes as well as the headlines recently. Many people still don't fully understand the health hazards of fungal exposure. The term toxic mold is somewhat misleading as it exudes an idea that certain molds are toxic, when actually certain types of molds produce secondary metabolites that produce toxins. The correct term is mycotoxins.
Airborne mycotoxins can definitely destroy one's health and home. Sometimes, people are unaware that they are breathing mold spores and mycotoxins until they are very sick. Non-toxic molds usually produce minor allergic reactions - and once you leave the affected area - you most likely recover with few serious side effects. However, if you have been exposed to the dangerous molds such as Stachybotrys or Chaetomium, they could suffer from a myriad of serious symptoms and illnesses such as chronic bronchitis, learning disabilities, mental deficiencies, heart problems,cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple chemical sensitivity, bleeding lungs and much more.
Mold can come in several varieties; some are healthful, while other types, such as the black mold that may grow in your home, are toxic. With the prevalence of black mold comes health problems in your family. The problems can range from common health problems, such as allergic reactions up to more serious health conditions, which include: breathing problems accompanied by flu-type reactions, asthma, memory loss, and even respiratory bleeding.
Here is a list of health symptoms commonly associated to toxic mold: Allergies, Memory Loss, Asthma, Bloody Nose, Restlessness, Respiratory Distress, Nausea Dizziness, Coughing, Chronic Headaches, Chronic Fatigue, Sneezing, Hearing Loss, Skin Rashes, Sinus Congestion, Body Aches, Eye Irritation, Nose Irritation, Throat Irritation, and Excess Mucus.
Your health may be in danger with toxic mold growing inside your home. If you, your family or pets are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us for a free mold removal estimate!