Since 1978, Popham has been waterproofing area homes and businesses. “Waterproofing” is a general term used to represent various methods of controlling water that leaks into a basement.
Why Does Water Leak into Basements?
• Foundations constructed of concrete block or brick foundations. Both materials are semi-permeable and can allow water to drain down into the base of the foundation where it leaks through a seam where the basement wall and floor meet.
• Drainage systems that are clogged, deteriorating, or are inadequate for heavy storms
• Soil composition problems and drought conditions can cause soil to contract
• Trees and shrubbery planted near the home’s foundation draw water from the soil through their deep root systems. This results in the soil around the foundation losing moisture and contracting. Often, following heavy rains, the soil that surrounds a home’s foundation begins to swell again. Repeated cycles of contracting and swelling lead to cracks in the foundation that allows water in.
Waterproofing is a preventative maintenance method that diverts or stops water seepage. Water damage can be prevented with proper waterproofing. Every dollar invested in waterproofing saves approximately eight dollars in rebuilding or retrofitting. Waterproofing is as important to the finished product as is its design and foundation.
Wet Basements Can Cause:
• Structural damage
• Mold, mildew, and rot
• Window condensation
• Musty, stagnant air smell
• Trapped gasses and contaminants
• Allergies and respiratory problems
• Termites, roaches, and other pests
• Humidity added throughout the house
• Increased energy costs to heat damp air
Our certified water control specialists analyze seepage concerns by examining the physical attributes (regarding possible water infiltration) on exterior areas such as overhangs, gutters, downspouts, and the foundation.
The yard grade height and landscape are also inspected for any areas that may contribute to water flow problems. After the evaluation, Popham Waterproofing recommends the best water control system for the particular situation. Popham Waterproofing offers Under-floor and Above-floor waterproofing systems.
Sump pumps play an important and necessary role in the waterproofing process. Popham specializes in sump-pump systems, emergency back-up sump pump systems, and larger in-ground downspout lines to divert water away from the foundation.
To help our clients with waterproofing decisions, Popham offers a concise information sheet about waterproofing systems. This practical information can be viewed on this site under Resources.
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