Due to their location, basements are naturally prone to take on water. For instance, you may notice your basement walls becoming moist from time to time or water puddles forming in different areas of your basement. And if your basement is constantly damp and humid, this can later on cause the paint to peel, the wood to rot, or mold and mildew to grow.
Concrete foundations are generally strong and durable. In fact, they can remain intact for several decades without requiring repairs or modifications. However, this depends on a number of variables, such as the geology of the site where the home was built, the local weather patterns and the quality of maintenance a foundation has received through the years.
Are you familiar with efflorescence? This is a common issue in concrete and masonry block foundations. It has a white or greyish tint and consists of salt deposits left behind when water evaporates. Although it is simply salt that can be easily removed with removers and other cleaning hacks, if gone untreated can cause deterioration. If you’ve ever seen a chalky, white powder on your basement walls, here’s a guide… Continue Reading
Although water is considered the most essential element in the world, it is apparently the enemy of most house foundations. Experts suggest that regardless of its amount, every foundation issue has something to do with water. We’ll delve into this matter more to help you avoid costly foundation repairs in the future.
At first glance, roofing, basement waterproofing and plumbing fixes seem like great projects to DIY especially if you have the tools for it. However, because of their complexity, like foundation repairs, it is still difficult to achieve. The dilemma is, you are likely to cause more damage due to the lack of knowledge and experience. Here are more reasons to convince you to call a trained professional instead: