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Why do I have water in my basement?
Water leakage can occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes for water leaking into the basement is due to the natural water table or "fake" water table rising because of structural problems such as, reversed or poor grading, downspouts, cracked sidewalks, etc. Water leakage can also occur through wall seepage, window wells, bilco or basement doors, and floor and wall cracks. In some cases, the water leakage may also be caused by a hidden plumbing problem.

Is there a quick fix to my problem?
Yes there is. In some cases, you can stop the water from entering your basement by taking a few simple measurements that are not expensive to implement. Before you make a huge investment into your basement, it is a good idea to check that all downspouts are diverged away from the house, make any necessary grading corrections, and possibly adding a sump pump.

Why should I waterproof my basement?
Although simple measurements as described above can stop water from entering your basement, they do not guarantee that water will never be present. There are only two systems that will give you 100% guarantee that water will never appear in your basement-Basement Water Management System and Exterior Foundation Drainage System. Though they are more costly to implement than the quick fixes mentioned above, these systems will increase your property value and save you money long term. Families who have never had water problems, spend tens of thousands of dollars finishing and furnishing their basements only to loose everything to water damage. Don't let this happen to you. Make sure that you have one of these two systems in place before you invest any more money into your basement.

I Have a gap between my floor and the wall. Is this a French Drain?
Yes it is. During construction, many houses are suited with a "French Drain" and many others are suited with foundation drains. Unfortunately, these drains were most likely installed by someone other than a qualified waterproofing company and sooner or later fail. French Drains give a false sense of security and are not reliable. To avoid any water, mold, or structural problems in your basement, you need to have a Basement Water Management System in place.

Do I have mold growing in my basement?
Mold cannot grow without water. If you have a water-damaged area that is left untreated for more than 24-48 hours, it is possible you have mold, even if it is not clearly visible. Mold reproduces by means of microscopic spores that float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold begins growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. Though mold is part of our natural environment outdoors, mold must be avoided indoors because of its danger to our health. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem as soon as possible.

Can mold cause health problems?
Yes, mold can become a health problem indoors when it comes in contact with water. When this happens, mold will start to grow and contaminate the air with allergens, irritants and in some cases, toxic substances. Health problems can range from moderate to severe allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, and asthma. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem as soon as possible.

How do I get rid of mold?
It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors because a small percentage of mold spores will always be present in the air and in house dust. This is not dangerous to our health as long as the mold spores do not multiply by coming into contact with moisture. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem as soon as possible. If you choose to hire a contractor to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold and solving the water and moisture problem. Also ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA's Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations. For more information on these guidelines please visit the US Environmental Protection Agency by clicking the link below:

http://www.epa.gov/mold/table2.html

Amazonia Waterproofing Mold Remediation Technicians have been removing mold for over ten years in the New Jersey area. We follow all EPA guidelines and procedures when removing mold growth in your basement. Our Mold Remediation Technicians also block future mold growth by using humidity control devices and fixing the water problem.

 

 

 
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