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Waterproofing FAQ

Basement Waterproofing FAQs

During a basement waterproofing estimate, what should I expect?

When you schedule a FREE inspection with B-Dry® you can expect your representative to be there on time and ready to answer all of your questions. First the consultant will spend time to listen to you, learning the reason(s) you called for an inspection. He will walk through the areas of concern and ask questions about your situation, so it’s crucial that you have time to spend with him. Next, he will take measurements and outline some recommendations to remedy the situation. He will often offer different options so that you can choose the most suitable one for you. He can address any other concerns, including financing options, as needed. You may be tempted to move a lot of items away from areas being inspected, but be careful not to move too many clues! Your B-Dry® consultant may need to see damp and wet objects to follow them to a source, or more than one source. The best thing to do is give him your full attention and tell him everything you know about the issue. Then you can decide what the next step will be.

We have a white, chalky film on our walls. What is it?

It is called Efflorescence, which is actually created by mineral deposits. These minerals are dissolved by groundwater as it slowly moves through the soil. When the groundwater encounters your basement wall, it can pass through the porous block or mortar. If the basement conditions cause this groundwater to evaporate, the minerals are left behind as crystals (just like in Science class). Since they are water-soluble, you can remove them by spraying water on the wall, or by dusting them off. If efflorescence returns, you have an on-going water problem.

How do I pay for the waterproofing installation?

Depending on the cost of your installation and which options you choose, a waterproofing option may be an amount that you would want to pay by cash, check, money order or put on your credit card. However, for larger jobs, you may decide to apply for financing. B-Dry® offers a number of choices, so be sure to ask your local B-Dry® about payment options.

How long does the average job take?

Many of our waterproofing installations and encapsulations can be done in one to two days. It depends on the scope of the project,. Whether it involves waterproofing, foundation repair, indoor air quality, or all of the above, the job may take longer to prepare and complete. Your B-Dry® consultant will be able to provide you with timing after inspecting your home. They will do their best to get your home back in working order as quickly as possible.

What is the average cost to waterproof a home?

It really depends on what work is being done. All estimates are free of charge, and B-Dry®’s consultants are trained to recommend the most practical and economical solutions for your particular situation. In some cases there will be no quote; we may discover that some other issue is creating the problem and that you are not in need of waterproofing at all. Occasionally we find plumbing, landscaping, gutters etc. may be creating water problems. In other cases, it may be a few hundred dollars to help with a sump pump issue, it could be a few thousand dollars to waterproof a particular area, or in some cases your home could possibly need a tremendous amount of work in order to solve all the problems. Every home is different, and that’s why it’s a good idea to take advantage of a B-Dry® FREE inspection. You won’t pay a thing until you decide to schedule the work to be done.

Do problems ever come back after the work is complete?

Only a small percentage of our work ever requires service. If you have a problem, B-Dry® is right there with you until the problem is resolved. We truly stand behind our work. With over 50 years in the industry, we are proud to say that we do not have a separate division for “Service and Repair” because we have never needed one.

Before selling my house, should I fix the water problem?

Yes. Prior to selling your house, you will be required to fill out a disclosure form. One of the first few questions asks if you are aware of any water issues in your basement or crawl space. By not repairing the issue, you will likely receive a much lower sale price for your home and it could possibly lead you to a lawsuit. To solve water problems before selling and get the most value out of your investment is a smart choice.

Do I have to waterproof my whole basement or can I fix one small area?

Our trained and experienced B-Dry® consultants are there to give you options. In some cases there really is only one option, but in most cases you will have two or three options for solving your basement water problem. Sometimes no waterproofing solution is needed because our consultant may discover that something else (like broken pipes) is causing the water issue. It pays to have a reputable waterproofing contractor like B-Dry® visit your home and recommend the most economical and practical solution for your individual situation.

We have a finished basement. How will you be able to fix my problem?

Waterproofing in a finished space is more challenging than in an unfinished space. A waterproofing system that will last must be applied to the bones of the structure. In a finished basement, sections of the walls will need to be removed in order to install the B-Dry Waterproofing System. While waterproofing a finished basement is slightly more cumbersome, without doing so belongings in the basement are at risk of repetitive water damage. Additionally, a leaking basement can lead to the growth of mold of mildew, which can be hazardous to your health.

Can you give me an estimate by phone?

No. And if a waterproofing contractor will offer you an estimate by phone you should beware. Since each basement is unique, it has different problems and requires different solutions. Basements vary in size, so it’s very important to discover whether you need to treat your entire basement, just one or two areas, if a sump pump will be required, etc. Additionally, some basements that our consultants have inspected did not require waterproofing at all, but a qualified plumber. Take advantage of B-Dry®‘s FREE home inspection to learn what is needed to fix your home’s unique problem and the exact cost for your solution.

 

Crawlspace Waterproofing FAQs

Does B-Dry offer Crawl Space Encapsulations?

B-Dry® offers very thorough encapsulation, using quality materials. We use heavy duty polyethylene plastic on the dirt floor and on the foundation walls. The seams and protrusions are all sealed with a special 4” wide clear tape and is sealed at the top of the foundation walls with a special double sided tape. These tapes are made especially for the purpose. Encapsulation goes to a point just above the dirt line, but must remain a few inches below the wood structure at the top to allow for termite inspections.

Our encapsulation is part of a process that includes waterproofing. Further, we also offer methods to reduce the amount of humidity and even soil gases that can contribute to air quality issues.

With the B-Dry® waterproofing system, crawl space encapsulation and lower humidity levels, you’ll have peace of mind about the space under your home. Since about half the air in your home comes from the lower level (crawl space or basement), you want it to be as free from pathogens, allergens, musty odors and high humidity as possible.

For a free crawl space inspection, just contact your local B-Dry®.

Is encapsulation enough?

While encapsulation is an important part of creating a healthy crawl space, encapsulation alone is not enough on three fronts.

First, the crawl space must be free from water leakage. Whether you have a leaky crawl space or a potentially leaky crawl space, you must address this problem before encapsulating. Water leaking onto the plastic barrier would create a multitude of other problems, so waterproofing must indeed be done first.

Secondly, encapsulation is necessary to reduce the unwanted elements such as water vapor and soil gases. Encapsulation involves not only covering the dirt floor, but covering the foundation walls to grade, including sealing seams and protrusions; it is far superior to a loosely placed, unsealed, thinner vapor barrier.

Thirdly, once the water problem is eliminated and the elements are sealed out, both from the soil beneath and the air from the outside, keeping the air clean and dry is essential for creating a healthier environment.

For more information about encapsulation and creating a healthier home contact your local B-Dry®.

Is a sump pump necessary in a crawlspace?

Assuming there is standing water, and no other means of discharging water (such as a pipe that allows water to flow out by gravity), a sump pump is necessary in a crawl space. Sump pumps should be installed in conjunction with an interior drainage system in order to drain the entire area. The pump must be placed in the lowest area whether it is along the foundation wall or in the middle of the crawl space.

Primary pumps typically used in crawl spaces are of various power; a 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP or 3/4 HP pump is used depending on the situation. The larger pumps are used in larger crawl spaces or with greater leakage problems and can pump up to about 5000 gallons per hour. For peace of mind, it is a great idea to install a battery back-up pump, which can operate when there are power outages.

Pumps must be installed in well designed, perforated sump wells, with about a 25 or 30 gallon capacity; simply putting a pump in a 5 gallon bucket will not get the job done. Also, the discharge pipe from the pump needs to go several feet away from the foundation so water that is pumped out will not make its way back to the foundation and subsequently back into the crawl space.

To insure that you have protection from water intrusion and adequate pumping capacities, contact your local B-Dry®.

 

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