An understanding of how moisture behaves as it interacts with soil and building materials is fundamental in constructing a sound foundation. Unfortunately, some Manhattan contractors are either unaware of the specifics or perform shoddy workmanship leading to many future issues which will cost you are a significant amount of money.
Many factors are important to consider for the health of your foundation. Here are a few things to look for to see if your basement requires waterproofing. The first and most obvious sign to look for are pools of water in the basement or wet walls below cracks. Go around your basement and look for cracks. Touch them to see if they are moist. If they are then that could be a sign that water is building up behind the crack and is damaging your foundation. Another sign that your Manhattan basement may require waterproofing is if there is the smell of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew require moisture to survive. If your basement feels damp then it can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew which can cause many health issues.
One last sign to look for is to see if there are pools of water around your property after it rains. This could be a sign that the drainage system of your home is not working properly. If there is a problem with your drainage system then it is quite likely that there is water damage in your foundation because the water is not being drained away. The issue may not show in your basement yet but as the hydro pressure builds the foundation will receive damage.
If you find any of these issues then call City Suburb to have an inspection performed.
City Suburb is experienced in many different methods of foundation waterproofing:
- Manhattan Elastomeric waterproofing
- Manhattan Cement-based waterproofing
- Manhattan Bentonite and Blind-side Waterproofing
- Manhattan Negative-side Basement Waterproofing
- Manhattan Injected Basement Waterproofing
- Manhattan Below-Slab Vapor Barriers
There are many benefits from each one of these waterproofing systems. City Suburb will work with you to help you figure out which system is best for your Manhattan property and budget.