Basement Waterproofing & Water Damage Restoration in CT
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Basement Waterproofing CT
When water has nowhere to go it finds the path of least resistance and settles where gravity takes it. When basements are cut into the ground, they give a great place for water to settle in, and all it takes is a small chink in the armor to allow a great deal of water to settle. That’s the short answer. Let’s quickly review the 3 primary ways (bonus 4th way) that water get’s into your basement.
1. Condensation in Basement: When warm moist air, such as we have in Spring around here or from a clothes dryer, comes in contact with the relatively cold basement walls and floor condensation occurs. The colder basement lowers the temperature of the moist air below the dew point, similar to the condensation you would find on the outer surface of a cold drink on a warm summer day.
2. Water Runoff is a common source of water entry when we get those freak storms that pour water down seemingly out of nowhere. Similar to a flash flood, when such a large amount of water comes down, the soil is unable to absorb it fast enough and we get runoff. This large amount of flowing water can find even very small cracks in your foundation and seep into your basement. Just one inch of rain on a small home footprint (1000 square feet) can produce 600 gallons of water. That same inch of rain over 1 acre of land produces up to 28,000 gallons. That’s a lot of water!
3. Groundwater swell is caused by hydrostatic pressure on your basement walls. Water weighs roughly 60 pounds per cubic foot. When soil around your basement becomes saturated with water, a tremendous amount of hydrostatic pressure is exerted on your exterior basement walls. This is happening even when the soil is not visibly or appreciably saturated, it doesn’t have to be a mud pit around your home. This hydrostatic pressure forces water into even the very smallest of holes, sometimes even allowing water in as a vapor. These are tremendous forces at work.
4. Bonus- A plumbing leak. It always pays to check out the simplest answer first. And when you find water in your normally dry basement, it’s worthwhile to ensure that there’s not simply a leaking or burst pipe or even an open window or door
Signs of water in the basement
How do you tell if there is water or excess moistures in your basement? Here’s a few simple ways:
First, look for any obvious standing water. In large basements this may not be readily visible so be sure to look everywhere. Move any items in storage, look behind and under any mechanicals in your basement, and in any closets. Pay special attention to near any known openings in your foundation such as windows, doors, known cracks, pipe or wire entrances, etc.
Water condensation dripping from pipes can be a source of water as well.
Do you have a musty, damp smell in your basement? Or does it simply “fell” more humid and wet?
Do you see or smell mold? Mold loves moisture and will grow on any organic material. Look for mold growing in your basement. It can be a range of colors from black to white to green, brown, or yellow. Some varieties can be toxic, so don’t disturb it until checked by a professional.
Is there a chalky white, mineral like deposit on walls. This is called efflorescence and is a mineral residue left over from water.
How about bugs, rodents, or other pests? They tend to enjoy moisture, so if you see them, there’s a decent chance there’s excess moisture present.
How to tell where the water is coming from in your basement
Hopefully during the thorough inspection, the source of the leak is readily apparent. Often though it is not. Or there may be more than one source of water as is often the case in older homes.
Damp basement walls can be tricky to determine if the water is coming through the walls or condensing from moisture already in the basement. There’s a simple way to test this. Securely tape a square of aluminum foil, at least 6 inches square, to the wall of the basement and leave it for a few days. When you check it, if there is moisture on the outside of the foil, that indicates condensation from moisture already in the basement. If the wall is damp underneath the foil, that indicates moisture seeping through the walls.
Tracking down the exact source of water entry into a basement can be a difficult and frustrating endeavor. When you call for a consultation, our net work of basement waterproofing contactors in ct will determine how much water is in your basement, where it’s coming from, and how to fix your wet basement. All consultations and waterproofing estimates are free, so call today!
How To Fix A Wet Basement
There are essentially only 2 types of basement waterproofing. Exterior and Interior.
Interior Basement Waterproofing: This method to fix a wet basement involves anything you do to, you guessed it, the interior of your basement. This may include repairs to cracks, applying special sealants, insulating pipes, interior drainage systems, and sump pumps. While interior basement waterproofing is generally easier and more affordable, it may not address the root issue of water entry. Depending on your situation though it may do enough to keep your basement dry and usable.
Exterior Basement Waterproofing: This method involves several options to fix your wet basement ranging from fairly simple to quite involved.
The simplest method may involve fixing gutter downspouts and/or the grading of surrounding soil so that water is not directed at your basement or foundation. Another option to help redirect water is to install a french drain to catch and redirect water before it contacts your basement.
The most involved, but also most comprehensive, will be excavating around your basement and applying a waterproof membrane before backfilling and grading the slope away from your basement.
Why Waterproof A Wet Basement?
There are many important reasons it is worthwhile to waterproof a wet basement. Bu the number one reason to fix a wet basement is your health.
Everyone has heard horror stories of mold growth in a home, causing a health hazard to all those living there. Mold can be a real problem as it releases spores into the air that can travel a good distance, get sucked into ventilation systems and be spread all through a building. Mold loves humidity. When a wet basement is allowed to continue without waterproofing, it is a prime breeding ground for mold.
Beyond the health hazard of mold, water can cause expensive damage to a home. It increases the risk of pest infestation. It can increase the rate of rot. It can lead to peeling paint and structural damage if left unchecked. Water can be expensive…
Then there’s the lost use of space when a basement is wet. The cheapest square footage is what you already have. For many, a basement remodeling can be a terrific source of extra space in a home. Rec room, living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry room, even an income producing apartment are all possibilities in a finished basement. But the first step is making sure it’s structurally sound and dry before you bring in the home decorators.
Cost To Waterproof A Basement in Connecticut
There are truly too many factors to give a blanket statement of what the cost to waterproof a basement is. Some of the factors include size of basement, extent of the leak, interior or exterior methods needed, sump pump installation, and of course whether or not the basement is already finished or not. Cost to repair a small and easy leak could be as low as $500. A complex case with exterior and interior waterproofing could go to $10,000+. It’s always worth it, but the cost can vary greatly.
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Connecticut Water Damage Restoration & Flood Cleanup Services
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Water Damage Restoration Specialists
Water Mold Fire Restoration offers you a specialist service for flooding and water damage repairs in all of Connecticut. We work with commercial and residential service providers to give you the best service guaranteed. With proven restoration techniques and years of dealing with all types of flooding and water damage across the state, our network of professionals have the skills and experience to get your home restored as soon as possible.
We offer you a comprehensive, full-house service offering. We want to take the stress and hassle out of the situation for you, giving you a service you can rely on for results. Contact our service center, and we’ll dispatch a team to your location for a free assessment and quote.
Connecticut Water Damage Restoration Services
- Professional, free residential and commercial water damage assessments.
- Residential and commercial water extraction service.
- Whole-home water damage restoration.
- Cleanup and drying of flooded parking garages, basements, and warehouses.
- Restoration of residential, commercial water services.
- Cleanups from toilet overflow damage.
- Removal of all water-damaged materials like flooring, drywall, and baseboards.
- Replacement of water-damaged materials like flooring, drywall, and baseboards.
- Disposal of water-damaged materials like flooring, drywall, and baseboards.
Return your home to what you loved before and more! Contact us today to speak to a consultant to schedule an assessment of your home’s flood or water damage.
Our Water Damage Restoration Process
Water Mold Fire Restoration utilizes proven restoration methods to restore your property. We spent years developing our techniques, and we’re confident we have the right solution to returning your residence or commercial property to its original condition.
We start the process by inspecting the damage, stopping the incoming water source, and removing surface water from the affected area. We’ll use industrial dehumidifiers to dry the air and return it to optimal relative humidity levels.
Mold is a problem in flooded or water-damaged properties. We inspect your property, HVAC, and air ducting for any signs of mold spores. If we find mold, we remove it and sterilize the area. We deep clean your HVAC system and ducting to decontaminate it of any biological materials.
Next, we’ll strip the water-damaged materials from your property. We have a supplier network offering us deep discounts on our building materials. As a result, we can provide you with an affordable service with premium results.
We leave your property under the protection of our iron-clad guarantee. If anything goes wrong, call our service center for assistance.
Water Damage FAQ
Q: What can I expect to pay for water damage and flooding repairs to my property?
A: Most homeowners pay between $500 to $1,500 for water or flood damage repairs to their property. However, we can’t quote you over the phone or by email. We’ll need to see the damage to give you an accurate assessment. Contact our service center, and we’ll send a team to your property for a free evaluation and quote.
Q: I have a residential and business insurance policy – does it cover me for water damage and flood damage to my home or commercial building?
A: Yes, your insurance policy will cover you for water damage to your property. However, some insurers may require an additional policy to cover flood damage. We’ll work with your insurer on your behalf to file your claim. We get our payment from your insurer, and all you need to do is pay your deductible.
Q: How long will it take to complete the restoration of my home?
A: Every job starts with an inspection of the flood or water damage. After we complete our assessment, we’ll give you a quote and an accurate timeline for the restoration project.
Best Water Damage Restoration and Flood Cleanup in CT
We started Water Mold Fire Restoration just after the 2007 housing market collapse and the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. At the time, we contracted to financial institutions. These organizations had huge portfolios of repossessed and abandoned homes in states of disrepair.
We spent years repairing homes from the effects of water damage and mold infestations across the Eastern United States. Over a decade later, we’re the leader in water damage and flood repairs. Now, our services are available for commercial and residential properties in Westchester, NY.
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We work with only the best water damage contractors in Connecticut to get your home fixed as soon as possible.
When we commit to your service level agreement, you can expect the following from us.
- Accurate, expert water damage and flooding inspections in Connecticut.
- Fully licensed, bonded, and insured service providers.
- Proven surface water removal and structural drying methods.
- Guaranteed results.
- No-obligation quotes and free assessments.
- Top-tier customer service.
Our Service Guarantee to You
Water Mold Fire Restoration takes our reputation seriously. We understand that our customers are the backbone of our business, and we’ll bend over backward to ensure you get the results you expect with your restoration.
While we hardly ever get callbacks, we offer you a guarantee of our services. If anything goes wrong with the restoration after leaving the site, contact our service center at …… We’ll send an assessment team to your residence or commercial building to inspect the work and make repairs at no cost to you.
Flood Cleanup in Connecticut
If you experience flood damage to your residence or commercial building, contact Water Mold Fire Restoration. We’ll send an assessment team to your property to review the damage. We can restore any commercial and residential property to its original condition.
Leak Detection and Repair in Connecticut
If there are leaks on your property, they may be hard to spot, hiding in walls and floors. However, you’ll notice it when your water bill spikes. Water Mold Fire Restoration will visit your property and inspect it for leaks using thermal imaging equipment. We find and fix the leak, repairing any water-damaged building materials.
24/7 Emergency Water Damage Restoration Services in Connecticut
If a disaster occurs late at night and floods your home, call for immediate help. We operate a 24-hour emergency water damage repair service in Connecticut. Call us in the middle of the night, and we’ll send an assessment team to your property for a free assessment and quote. It’s our goal to take the stress out of the situation, giving you a restoration service you can trust.
Get a Free No-Obligation Estimate
Wet Basements CT works with the best water damage restoration service providers in Connecticut to provide you with the best water damage repair and flood restoration services. We offer you a free assessment and quote for the water damage to your property anywhere in Connecticut.
Contact our service center at …… for professional assistance with your inquiry. We’ll take your details and sends an assessment team to your property. There’s no obligation for your to accept our quote; we understand if you feel the need to shop around – that’s prudent consumer behavior.
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