Should a Sump Basin Be Perforated?
Should a Sump Basin Be Perforated? A sump basin is a bucket-like structure that fits into a pit beneath your basement floor. Excess water will drain into the sump basin when a heavy storm occurs or when the groundwater level is above your basement floor. As the water rises in the basin, a sump pump will pump the water out of the basement to the exterior of your home. A sump pump system like this is a great way to keep your basement dry, especially if used with other waterproofing and drainage systems. Water getting into your basement can lead … Read More
Is Basement Waterproofing Worth The Investment?
Basement Waterproofing Every homeowner wants to know that their home is safe from significant damage. However, they also want to know they are not paying for unnecessary services. One of the more significant expenses that come around is basement waterproofing. Is basement waterproofing worth the investment? No matter what, we will always say yes! Your home is your most significant investment, so you should always be making decisions that help you protect it. Here are some of the benefits that make basement waterproofing worth it: Benefits of Waterproofing Increased Foundation Stability: Your foundation is what keeps your home standing. It … Read More
Basement Leak Repair: Is Inside or Outside Best?
Basement Leak Repair: Is Inside or Outside Best? A common problem that homeowners in South Dakota face is a leaky basement. When the foundation settles, it can cause cracks in the walls, allowing water to seep in. Both older and newer homes are susceptible to this problem. Small cracks are usually not a big concern, but once they get bigger, they can indicate a more serious foundation issue and let even more water in. Water in your basement can cause mold growth, wood rot, and worsening foundation issues. When a homeowner needs leak repair, a question we have heard is … Read More
Is a Vapor Barrier Necessary in Your Basement?
Is a Vapor Barrier Necessary in Your Basement? What is a Vapor Barrier? A vapor barrier is an encapsulation made of foil or plastic designed to keep moisture out of the basement. This material will help damp-proof your basement or crawlspace, helping you avoid moisture-related damage, like dry rot and mold. It is not the same thing as waterproofing, but it is an important part. Signs You Need a Vapor Barrier In addition to the humidity levels in your area, several everyday factors can contribute to moisture in the air, like cooking, house plants, and showers. When too much moisture … Read More
Exterior vs. Interior Basement Waterproofing: Which One Is Best?
Exterior vs. Interior Basement Waterproofing: Which One Is Best? Your home is usually your biggest investment, so keeping it in good condition is likely a top priority. Cosmetic up upkeep like paint or flooring is easy to keep track of because you can see it on a regular basis. But how often do you think about keeping your basement dry? In an area where it both rains and snows, waterproofing your basement should be on the top of your list. Now the question is which solution works best, exterior or interior basement waterproofing? Exterior Waterproofing Exterior waterproofing protects your home … Read More
What Causes Water Seepage?
Are you noticing water seepage damage? Water seepage is a common issue in lower levels of the home. But what causes this to occur and how can we prevent it? Learn more here! Read More
Can Having Trees Close to Your Home Cause Foundation Problems?
Trees and Foundation Problems Many homes have a variety of flora around them, but it might surprise you to learn that it isn’t wise to have large plants, such as bushes or trees close to your home because they can cause foundation problems. Plants can lend a beautiful view, add value to a property, and provide shade, but they may also harm your home’s foundation if not planted and taken care of properly. It all has to do with the root system. Large trees can pull up to 200 gallons of water a day. A group of small trees can … Read More
Water Management Solutions for Summer in South Dakota
Water Management Helps Protect your South Dakota Home Summer is here again, and that means sunny, warm days are ahead. This is the perfect time to have waterproofing installed in your South Dakota home or business. We here at Rapid Foundation Repair offer a wide variety of water management products. Our products come from Earth Contact Products, a top producer of high quality foundation repair and waterproofing products. You can have peace of mind knowing that your home or business will be safe from water damage for years to come with our help. Water management is the best way to … Read More
How Your Wet Basement Effects You in Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska
Wet Basement Wyoming Whether you live in Wyoming, South Dakota, or Nebraska, you deal with the four seasons. Hot and cold, wet and dry, and the seasonal changes affect the soil around the foundation of your basement. The soil expands and contracts due to the moisture levels in it. When this happens over and over throughout the year and years after, the soil can cause damage to your foundation. When you have a wet basement, it is time to consider having our specialists from Rapid Foundation Repair come and check out exactly what is happening. The damage water can cause … Read More
Water Management During and After Winter in South Dakota
Water Management During and After Winter in South Dakota Between flooding, freezing temps, wind chills, and snowy and icy weather, South Dakota has had a pretty rough winter. There are ways to protect your home against the many problems that could affect your basement or foundation during late winter and early spring. Some of these issues include water leaks, mold and mildew, wood rot, foundation cracks, flooding, bowing walls, and more. Proper water management can help you avoid these issues. Over the winter, water seeps into the porous concrete slabs and freezes, which causes expansion inside the slab. When that … Read More