Recent Weather and the Effects on your Basement

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With the drastic weather changes here in South Dakota, it is important to keep in mind how they might affect your foundation. The moisture level of the soil under and around your home changes with the weather, expanding and contracting with the droughts and heavy rains. This can place unwanted pressure on your foundation, or cause it to move, shift, or crack.

Water takes the path of least resistance, so when your foundation cracks, moisture is likely to seep into your foundation and basement. A damp basement is a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow, creating a dangerous situation for your possessions and your family. Rapid Foundation Repair is happy to help you take the necessary basement waterproofing precautions.

Basement Waterproofing Options in South Dakota

When it comes to waterproofing your basement, it is important to choose the right option. Some companies provide faulty solutions that still allow water and moisture to seep into your foundation. Leaving a leaky foundation alone for too long can create big problems. It is important to find a legitimate solution to protect your possessions from water damage, and to prevent mold and mildew from contaminating the air you breathe.

A popular “solution” is to spray an asphaltic solution on the foundation. Contrary to popular belief, this process is not true waterproofing, but rather “damp proofing.” Actual waterproofing solutions will prevent both water and water vapor from entering your basement.

Other solutions include interior drainage systems to divert the water that has entered the basement to a sump pump or sump pit. The pump then sends the water through a pipe to the outside of the home. This is an effective way of removing water, but it will not prevent water from entering the space. True basement waterproofing solutions include a rubberized coating that is sprayed on or is applied as a sheet. The product must be protected from ultraviolet light. Polyethylene layers are then applied on top of the coating. This technique prevents water and moisture from seeping into your foundation, a diverts it to an exterior drainage system.

When searching for a basement waterproofing option, look to Rapid Foundation Repair. We will waterproof your basement to prevent mold and water damage. Waterproofing is the key, not “damp proofing.” Contact us today for more basement waterproofing information.