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Annually in Maryland, the spring has lovely flowers but is usually the driest time of the year. So if you visit your basement and see (or smell) any signs of moisture or mold, call American Eagle today. Keeping your basement dry, safe, and healthy is critical; any water or moisture issues should be handled quickly and efficiently. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours. By confronting these issues head on, you can also help ensure structural integrity of your home.
Unfortunately, wet basements happen. Without immediate action, your basement and home is subject to expensive damage: wood rot, ruined insulation, mold growth near the floor joists of your home. Persistent moisture also invites pests such as termites and roaches. Tackling these moisture issues directly is vital to your home’s safety and your family’s health.
Structural and Mold Danger
Water can enter the basement in a variety of ways, including over the top of the foundation, through the cove joint, through cracks in the wall or floor, and from many other places. Our team will install a basement waterproofing system that can stop water seepage from any source and protect your basement from damage.
Mold and mildew growth can cause a variety of serious health problems. These issues can all be avoided by having an effective basement waterproofing system installed in your home to help keep it moisture free.
Is “Sealing the Walls” Enough To Control Moisture?
Well, the answer is maybe. But to make sure you’re choosing the right option, you need to figure out if the moisture is coming from the outside, or if it’s actually high humidity that’s condensing on the cool walls of your basement. The cause may be that the soil around your house is naturally damp from a high water table or poor soil drainage. In that case, waterproofing your basement walls can be useful.
Concrete waterproofing coatings are cement-like; once dry, they adhere permanently to concrete and masonry walls. You apply the coating with a heavy brush made with bristles — swirled during application for an attractive, finished look. However, concrete waterproof coatings can’t be applied to previously painted surfaces
Silicate-based concrete sealers, also known as densifiers, are also suitable only for walls that haven’t been painted or sealed. The sealers soak in and chemically react with ingredients in the concrete or brick, forming a hard, waterproof surface. Because these are penetrating sealers, they can’t flake off or peel, and you can have paint applied over them.
For More In Depth Solutions
The American Eagle team may discover more complicated causes for your moisture issues; there are additional solutions available. Plastic sheets and panels might be combined with interior basement drainage systems. They don’t stop water from getting through the wall, but they do stop it from ruining things in the basement. Water that gets through the wall runs down the back of the plastic, into a drainage system in the floor. A sump pump is needed to move water out of your basement.
In order to properly recommend a solution for your wet basement, call American Eagle for a no obligation visit. Our technicians will be able to explain which solutions are options for your home.
Since the weather is drier, this month is the perfect time to address your moisture issues. American Eagle Professional Services provides quality basement waterproofing, foundation repair, and mold control in Glen Burnie. Understanding both the geography of Glen Burnie and the construction of your home ensures that we offer you the best solution for your moisture problems. Call to set up an inspection to reveal the causes and options to control moisture and mold in your home.