Basement Waterproofing FAQ
Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often. If you have a question you think we should include here, or just want to discuss your basement waterproofing or home improvement project, please contact us.
What are some warning signs of a damp basement?
The following are all signs of a leaky or damp basement:
> Musty odor
> Mold & mildew
> Cracked walls
> White, chalky substances or damp spots on the walls
> Peeling paint or warped wood
> Dry rot or furniture damage
> Why does my basement leak?
Basements leak for a variety of different reasons. Your problem may be a result of poor craftsmanship, rising water tables, foundation settlement, or capillary attraction. Only a trained and certified inspector can tell you for sure what is causing your water problem.
Why does my basement smell musty?
Mold and fungus spores floating in your basement’s air and accumulating mildew cause musty odors. The spores can cause asthma and allergy problems and should be dealt with properly in order to remove them from your home.
What are the potential dangers of having mold in my basement?
The link between mold and serious health effects has been widely studied, and there is no longer any question that mold causes respiratory problems, asthma, and allergic reactions. Studies show that nearly all of the chronic sinus infections are due to mold.
Other adverse health symptoms that can be caused by mold include symptoms such as headaches, sore throat, and eye irritation. Young children, pregnant women, and the elderly are most at risk of the effects of mold
How much will it cost to waterproof my basement?
The cost of waterproofing your basement depends on a variety of different factors.
If you live in Southeastern PA or NJ, please call us today at 215-295-7417, or use the form on our website to arrange a free home inspection.
Do you offer warranties for your work?
At Maryland Waterproofing, we waterproof basements the right way, and guarantee your dry basement for a lifetime!
In most cases, the answer is yes, but it really depends on your particular problem. Unlike some waterproofing contractors, we do not push you into waterproofing the entire basement if it is not necessary (unless you prefer it). As a full-service waterproofing contractor, we offer several solutions, both from the interior and exterior, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all system.
Our trained and experienced 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 Maryland Waterproofing to visit your home and recommend the most economical and practical solution for your individual situation.
Our Basement Advisors are trained to recommend the most practical and economical solution. They average over ten years of experience and will help steer you in the right direction to make an informed and educated decision.