Larry Janesky, entrepreneur, owner and founder of Basement Systems Inc., as well as six other successful companies can now add “award-winning author” to roll of accomplishments.
Your basement doesn’t have to be unpredictable, but can be comfortably stable. On the other hand, a proposal is far better enjoyed when the surprise is left undiscovered. But, a basement’s surprises are never just as sweet.
How has your basement surprised you in the past? Has it been the floods, the cracks or maybe the mold and must? Whether you’ve experienced one, multiple or different problems with your basement; hydrostatic pressure is one natural process that could be the cause of many severe basement issues.
What is Hydrostatic Pressure?
When a child hides behind his/her parent it’s usually because of fear. When water hides behind a structure it’s in preparation for an attack. The prefix hydro- means water and static means standing or not moving. And when water stands behind a structure its volume only builds and builds until it finds a way through or around said barrier. Hydrostatic pressure is the pressure that a certain volume of water exerts on an object due to gravity.
What Does Hydrostatic Pressure Do?
Hydrostatic pressure can cause your retaining wall to buckle, can cause your foundation to move and walls to crack. Then, you guessed it; your basement will most certainly flood during those heavy rains.
This water pressure can even move through concrete foundations, because against popular belief, concrete is actually porous– meaning it’s not all that solid after all. It has many pores giving concrete its strength, but provides water its open access.
How To Keep Your Basement Dry Against Hydrostatic Pressure
Some waterproofing systems utilize external ways to waterproof the outside of your home. This could very well include a tar or waterproof coating on the actual foundation. However, the most beneficial way to keep a basement dry is not by keeping the wall dry, but by preventing water from building up behind a wall– thus applying high hydrostatic pressure.
An internal waterproofing drainage system actually meets the water at its prime hangout– the wall-floor joint. Then, the water is diverted away from your foundation.
Compare External And Internal Drainage Systems
An external drainage system can take a long time to install and could cause a lot of landscaping damage or problems with your electric lines and plumbing. In addition to the work around your foundation, a disposal pipe is placed beneath the ground leading toward a well, which will also need to be dug.
This well can fill with water and the drain can clog– this all due to the loose soil building up around the foundation and absorbing large amounts of water. In other words, the external “solution” is more of a short term mirage that causes the very problem it’s said to be relieving.
In contrast, the internal system can take, at most, a couple of days to install and causes very little damage or residual issues. The internal system will not clog and rests directly on top of the footing.
This system will go around your entire foundation and prevents water from building up and pressuring your walls. No more cracks and no more buckling.
Where Does The Water Go?
Once the drainage system collects the water it will direct it toward a sump pump. This sump pump will them push the water out and away from the home. This sump pump is the heart of the system, if not for the sump, the drainage would have to run a pipe to the outside submitting itself to damage and making for easy access to rodents.
Basement Waterproofing Experts
For basement waterproofing in New Jersey, contact Quality 1st Basement Systems. They’re the expert basement waterproofers in New Jersey and New York areas. They install the patented WaterGuard Drainage System that will waterproof your basement and prevent hydrostatic pressure. This system has been evaluated by the International Code Council formerly known as BOCA.
Mold and dry rot aren’t the household guests you want sticking around. In fact, you don’t exactly want them to come over in the first place. But, one thing leads to another and they’re more persuasive than you’d expect. Then they deplete your homes value, condition and potentially lessen your home’s life span.
Where Does Mold Grow?
Mold can grow just about anywhere that moisture can be found. However, in order for mold to stick around it needs more than just moisture, but it needs food. Mold loves organic materials such as carpet, wood, cardboard, and paper. Unfortunately, mold also destroys whatever comes between it and its meal.
Whether your air conditioning unit is leaking, water is leaking inside and onto your windowsill or your carpet never fully dried from the last flood in your basement– mold will survive and stick around as long as the environment permits.
In addition, mold can significantly decrease your home’s indoor air quality– a worsening concern to many highly recognized organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency. Mold can increase household allergy symptoms and produce an irritating smell most homeowners refer to as “must.” In some instances, mold can even be toxic– as is the case with black mold.
If you wipe it away you’ve only temporarily gotten rid of the mold and you haven’t touched the problem. The problem is the moisture.
What is Dry Rot?
Dry rot doesn’t grow on a surface as mold does, but it’s actually considered to be a condition. This fungus spreads throughout the wood at a torrential rate, rotting the wood from the inside out thus replacing the wood’s strength with severe frailty. This makes it one of the most feared wood decomposing conditions around the world.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, its been approximated that each year 20 billion feet of timber is destroyed by brown rot, dry rot’s alias. This becomes even more remarkable when compared to fire damage. There’s more wood destroyed by dry rot than there is wood damaged by fire each year!
Dry rot is a serious force that many homeowners may have been fortunate not to encounter, but needs to be prevented.
Mold and Dry Rot
Although dry rot is seemingly far more destructive than the effects of mold, both are destructive and require moisture. However, against popular belief, neither mold nor dry rot will form in excessively wet environments. They won’t grow in flooded basements because they don’t grow in water but thrive in moist environments. Thus, a humid room or “muggy” space becomes most ideal.
Many homeowners find mold in two areas of the home: the bathroom and the basement. Similarly, the most common place to find dry rot is the bathroom. These two rooms are known for their moisture and even the unexpected leaky pipes or water “issues.”
The bathroom can easily develop a water problem when the faucet or shower begins to leak, the toilet overflows with water, the shower water is too hot and the room maintains this muggy temperature.
The basement is commonly humid because of the increase in relative humidity caused by the entrance of humid outdoor air into the cooler basement air. This transfer can increase the basement’s relative humidity by 2.2 percent per every one degree. And, of course, the basement can also experience the effects of a heavy rain storm or broken pipe or hot water heater.
So, what can be done to prevent or eliminate mold and/or dry rot?
Prevention & Repairs
Moisture control, moisture control and more moisture control.
Remember when we learned that wiping mold from a surface doesn’t actually remove the problem? Well, that’s because the moisture levels haven’t been lessened. They may not have even been considered.
The best way to prevent mold growth or dry rot infiltration is by waterproofing your basement and fixing leaks and making other repairs very quickly.
In addition, dry rot can also result from a failing foundation because the wood comes in contact with the soil. This then provides just enough moisture for dry rot to take over.
For help evaluating your home’s mold or dry rot condition contact the mold, basement, foundation, and crawl space repair experts at Quality 1st Basement Systems. For mold removal in New York and New York basement waterproofing contact them today!
Posted on: 2010/11/08 9:44:16am by: Samantha Walton
Any Shore homeowner can contact Quality 1st and receive a free crawl space repair estimate. This will include meeting with an expert who will then provide an estimate based on a thorough inspection and indication of worrisome areas.
Shore homes are at high risk of needing crawl space repair because of the moisture in and around the homes. When humid moist air enters a crawl space it cools, which then raises the relative humidity. Once the relative humidity rises in the environment, it will become sticky and damp and become a breeding ground for mold. If the space begins to radiate a musty smell, then crawl space repair is needed.
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