Prevent Dust Mites, Mold, and Mildew in your Virginia Home
A wet and damp basement can cause many problems. Besides losing living space and ruining personal possessions, a wet basement without basement waterproofing can cause an unhealthy home. Mold and mildew thrive in a damp, dark area. The mold spores can get into the air that you breath, causing you and your family a number of health issues. Among the health issues cause by mold and mildew are:
- Stuffy nose
- Throat irritation
- Coughing and wheezing
- Lung infections
- Eye irritation
Along with mold and mildew, a wet basement becomes an inviting place for dust mites and critters.
The obvious sign of a wet or damp basement is standing water. However, there are more subtle signs that you may have a wet basement. Some of these signs are:
- High humidity
- Higher energy bills
- Wood rot
- Rust on appliances
- Condensation on pipes
- Musty odor
If you have any of these signs that you have a wet basement, it is important to have an experienced company inspect your home and offer the best solution for the repair. The professionals at Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry can come and give you a free inspection.
Basement Waterproofing Solutions in Virginia
- Interior drainage systems
- Exterior drainage systems
- Sump pumps and sump pits
- Battery backup sump pumps
Interior drainage system – The simplest and least costly approach to interior waterproofing is a drain channel adhered at the base of the wall, on top of the footing. Water is collected and drained into a sump basin. As the basin gets to a certain level, the sump pump will automatically turn on and drain the water out of the basin and away from the foundation.
Exterior drainage system – Stopping water from surrounding the foundation is the best way to prevent water from entering your basement. With an exterior drainage system, water will not even get near your basement. This is done by installing a perforated drainage pipe along the exterior footing. This is then hooked up to a sump pump that drains the water away from the foundation.
Sump pumps and sump pits – The sump pumps that Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry installs are 1/3 to 1/2 horsepower that can pump up to 5,000 gallons per hour.
Battery backup sump pumps – In case of a power outage, Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry will install a battery backup sump pump that are the most energy efficient lineup of 12 volt backup sump pumps on the market.
All of the products that we use are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the leader in the manufacturing of basement waterproofing products in the industry.
To prevent mold and mildew, let the experts at Reliable Waterproofing & Masonry install that basement waterproofing system to fit your needs. Contact us today for a free inspection and free estimate.