Hurricane Hermine

All along the east coast of the U.S. hurricane Hermine has wreaked havoc on basements and crawl spaces. The New Jersey and Delaware coasts were hit hard by it, but it certainly could have been worst if it came close to the coast. But that unfortunately didn’t spare the basements of many a coastal and inland homes. With any kind of tropical storm there is a possibility of a wet basement. This usually is because the ground get saturated and you have water seepage through your foundation walls or as in most New Jersey homes the crawl space.

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If you have experienced a water intrusion into your home it’s best to have it taken care of quickly. Not only is it detrimental to the appliances, furnace, or HVAC system in your home. But it can also be a breeding ground for mold within the walls of your basement. Morgan Basement Waterproofing has the experience to repair your basement walls and seal them up to prevent water from coming in the next time a storm comes along. Call us today for a free estimate to determine what needs to be done to keep your family safe from toxic mold buildup.

Waterproofing Preventive Maintenance Tips

If you want to do a few things that will help keep water from entering your home in the first place then utilize these tips.

  • Make sure to grade the soil around your home so that it slopes away from the foundation.
  • Check for cracks and have them repaired on your homes foundation which allow water to seep in.
  • Keep rain gutters clear so that the rain water will flow down the gutters and away from your basement walls or crawl space.
  • Check around the seals of windows, doors, or any other access to the basement that will allow the water to find a way in.

Just doing a few or all of the above tips will help you keep water out of your basement. These are simple and cost effective basement waterproofing solutions.

Understanding What Mold Remediation Entails

Mold remediation is the complete process of removing mold. The key word is remediation, which means the use of a viable remedy to deal with a mold infestation. While mold removal may take different steps, the overall remediation process generally remains the same.

It is important to understand that every mold infestation scenario is unique thus requiring a unique solution. Complete removal of mold is somewhat a fallacy because mold are microscopic spores that exist naturally in both the indoors and outdoors. Hence, their complete removal is impossible, which is why remediation is the ideal option in dealing with an infestation. The removal process will get rid of the mature or prevailing mold while the remediation targets getting the mold back to a safer and natural level.

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The best mold remediation methods centers on understanding the nature of the mold in question. Bearing in mind that mold spores are very small and light, and float in the air thus gaining access into the house via any opening (the door, windows, vents, AC units). They can even get in riding on the pet or your clothes.

Mold remediation will cover the removal of the mitigating any and all chances or its reappearance. As such, the remediation process entails an assessment of the mold infestation, containment of the infestation, removal, cleanup, mitigation measures, and reassessment.

Assessment of infestation – This is the first step in any mold remediation. It involves assessing the level of growth, and the amount of moisture supporting the infestation. A mold infestation can happen very fast taking less than 2 – 3 days to make its presence notable. The assessment help to come up with the best removal methods for the situation.

Containment – It is important to contain the situation even before the removal of the mold starts to avoid any new case of infestation thereafter.

Removal and Cleanup – The removal and cleanup process focus on the physical removal of the mold. In severe cases, the removal process might include removal of infected materials such as the cabinets, drywall, furniture, and installations. Cleanup will include thorough vacuuming and air clean-up and filtration to capture the mold spores on surfaces and in the air.

Mitigation – The part of the mold remediation process will not keep the mold from finding its way back into the house. The chief goal is to eliminate any elements that might make the areas a perfect habitat for the mold to thrive.

Reassessment – Any mold removal process should include a reassessment process to ensure that the job was well done, and the mold infestation is kept at bay. This can be done as frequently as possible over a period of 6 months for a conclusive result and assurance.

Why Exterior Basement Waterproofing is Important

Structural Repair ExpertsIt doesn’t take long for water damage to destroy a perfectly good home. If you’re a homeowner, then you surely understand the weight and importance of your investment. It only makes sense to do all that you can to protect that investment, your home, whenever possible. Exterior basement waterproofing is just one of the many small things you can do that will make a big difference in the life of your home.

Basement waterproofing is one of the most common ways you can protect your home from water damage in the future. You have two general categories of basement waterproofing. The first is internal waterproofing and the second is external.

Internal waterproofing is much easier to handle. It’s so easy that many homeowners take the DIY route to protect their home. While this is certainly better than no protection at all, it’s not the best for your home. External waterproofing costs a little more, takes more time, but does a great deal more to protect your home.

External waterproofing relies primarily on a set of drainage systems and drain pipes. The drainage system is dug into the ground and surrounds the basement entirely. The idea is to catch and move water away from the basement, thus preventing flooding from occurring.

When it rains heavily, it goes into the drainage system. It passes through the system and eventually exits through the footer drain pipes at the end. The drainage system itself isn’t a series of pipes, but rather layers of limestone gravel. Limestone gravel works as an extremely effective, affordable, and all-natural drainage system.

Exterior waterproofing certainly requires a lot more work than the internal method, but that’s partially why it is so much more effective. It requires a deal of excavation to install or repair external waterproofing systems. This excavation usually relies on heavy equipment, which causes the price to increase significantly.

However, you can do a lot to maintain your waterproofing system on your own once it is installed. Taking care of it yourself will reduce the risk of accidents occurring in the future. Fixing damage in the system can be just as expensive as the initial installation.

An external drainage system like this is the best way to protect your home from severe water damage. No other technique is as effective at protecting the home. Even floods can be diverted with a quality waterproofing system. Wait to long to install yours and it could be too late.

 

Basement-Waterproofing

Even if the area you live in isn’t prone to floods, it’s a good idea to take a look at some basement waterproofing options. It’s neither overly difficult or expensive to waterproof your basement, and having extra protection against water damage can be very beneficial.

If you do want to waterproof your basement, you’ll want to consider all of your different options. You’ll have to decide whether you want interior waterproofing, exterior waterproofing, or both. You’ll also have to decide whether you want to use a sealant or some other kind of waterproofing technique.

While you can have professionals take care of your waterproofing needs, you can also handle everything yourself. It usually won’t take you more than a day to get your basement waterproofed, and you don’t need to be particularly handy to do it. All that you really need are the right tools for the job.

Take a trip to your local hardware store and tell them that you want to waterproof your basement. They may have some questions to ask about your basement, such as whether or not it’s finished. From there, they’ll be able to suggest some good waterproofing options.

If you’re not comfortable waterproofing things yourself, call some companies and get price quotes. While it’s cheaper to do things on your own, professional waterproofing is fairly affordable. It’s definitely an option available to you if you want to make sure that your basement is properly protected.

It’s good to look at all of your options before you move forward with basement waterproofing. You want to make sure that the decision you make is one that you’ll be happy with. Do your research, and then go ahead and get your basement waterproofed. You’ll be glad that you looked into things ahead of time.

 

Basement Waterproofing: Considering All Your Options

 

Foundation Waterproofing Your Home

Foundation Waterproofing

 

Foundation Waterproofing your home is one of the best ways to keep water out of your basement. If you are having water intrusions into your home, then you should consider having it checked out by a professional. There are many different reasons how water finds its way into your foundation. If you have not had a issue in the past and it’s a new problem, then it may be from soil erosion around your home. Foundation waterproofing is a proven way to prevent it from entering the home at all. Although it can be more expensive to have your house waterproofed after is has been built. Usually foundation waterproofing requires some excavating around your home to expose the homes foundation. 

French Drains

This is certainly a better way of waterproofing then say adding french drains to your basement. French drains do work well and can be an inexpensive alternative to foundation waterproofing. But this does not prevent the water from entering your home. French Drainage systems are meant to direct the water into the ground so that it does not have the opportunity to flood the basement. These systems are proven to alleviate your water intrusions, but conversely you really want to prevent it from entering in the first place. If excavation your property is really not an option, then you should seriously consider using french drains. 

Foundation Waterproofing Membranes

Foundation waterproofing membranes are one of the methods used to waterproof homes. The membrane is designed to seal your home tightly from water seepage. The membranes are made of rubber materials and make an almost impenetrable seal around your foundation. Again it will require excavation to expose the foundation in order to be sealed with the foundation waterproofing membrane. Some basement waterproofing companies will seal your home from the inside to prevent the water from entering your basement directly. But the water will still try to find a weak spot to seep through. Again this is why it is best to seal it from the outside to prevent any water intrusion. 

Foundation Waterproofing Systems

Using other methods of foundation waterproofing systems is another option. Concrete waterproofing can provide the sealing power that one needs to prevent water from seeping in. There are many products out there that will allow you to do your own foundation waterproofing. You will obviously have to do this from the inside, since you will not have the ability to excavate the outside of your home. Cactusboard is a quality foundation waterproofing system that has proven to work well when applied correctly. If you are considering doing the foundation waterproofing yourself, make sure to purchase a waterproofing system that is seamless. This will make sure that your home is seal tight to keep any water from finding its way in. Remember “water has a memory, and it doesn’t forget”! 

Choosing the right Waterproofing Contractor is critical if you are going to have a professional waterproof your homes foundation. Make sure that the contractor has the experience to get the job done right…the first time. We here at Morgan Basement Waterproofing have been waterproofing foundations for over 30 years and guarantee our work. Call us today for a FREE Estimate or Inspection. (610) 696-0100

Foundation Waterproofing Materials

What are Foundation Waterproofing Materials? These are waterproofing material is what a professional full service basement waterproofing company will suggest to use to keep water from entering your beautifully finished basement. It is a material that is applied directly to your home’s foundation. There are a variety of ways that the waterproofing installer will use to apply the material to your home.

  • Using a sprayer to apply the fluid type of foundation waterproofing membrane sealant
  • Using a roller or trowel to affix the rolled or sheet type of foundation waterproofing membrane

The best option may be the Sprayed Waterproofing Sealant simply because when it cures, it will provide a seamless protection that will hold up well against the foundation expansion. The expansion comes from the foundation being exposed to hot and cold conditions. The rolled or sheet type don’t expand as well and maintain their shape, so this exposes the material to gaps that can form in places along the foundation. 

Foundation Waterproofing Interior Applications

Now there are other ways for you to consider to prevent water from entering your basement. But these usually means doing it from the inside of your basement, and if you have a finished basement, then you will have to tear up the carpets or tiles. And if you are doing a French Drain installation, it may require you to remove the drywall, paneling, etc to install it. 

Now if your basement is still unfinished and you would like to keep your cost down, then you may consider doing an interior basement waterproofing system. Such as a French Drain System, Interior Waterproofing Membrane, and if you only have a Crawl Space then you can use a Vapor Barrier System. 

But the best way to eliminate you Wet Basement issue is to have the water never enter your home. And this is accomplished by using a Foundation Waterproofing Membrane on you outside walls. The only way to do this is to have your exterior exposed and then placing the waterproofing material around the foundation. If you home has already been built, then the waterproofing company will have to dig trenches around your home to be able to install the foundation membrane. Obviously if you building a new home you can have the builder install it while it being built. Doing this will almost certainly keep your home’s basement dry. And while yes, at some stage the material will have to be replaced, it will take many, many years for that to happen.

Foundation Waterproofing Applications

Why Does Your Foundation Leak?

Porous Materials in Foundation: Depending on the type of materials used to construct your home, i.e Poured Concrete Walls, Brick, Concrete Block, Stone, or even Telephone Tile.

  • Poured Concrete will have tendency to crack and although cracks can be filled, they still need to be dealt with. 
  • Brick, Stone, Telephone Tile, and Concrete Blocks need Mortar to bind them together and this mortar is what water attacks. And that is how you get water seepage with these types of foundation walls. The mortar that holds the wall together will now start to weaken at points and the foundation will continue settling. Now you will have to have the foundation walls repaired or the water intrusion will only get larger. 

So now hopefully you have a better understanding of what you can do to eliminate your wet basement. Foundation Waterproofing is more costly but it will benefit you and your family in the long run. You will gain more useful square footage that will add more value to your home. Adding a finished basement to allow you to have a media room, home office, fitness room, wine room, or place for the kids to play can make all the difference for quality of life or the selling of your home. 

We here at Morgan Basement Waterproofing have been installing Foundation Waterproofing Membranes for over 30 years. We are a family owned company that will provide an affordable price for any waterproofing project. You will not be visited by a salesman, but by the owner of the company who will assure you an honest quote for ONLY the work that needs to be done. Call  (877) 401-4777 or click here to email us today for a Free Estimate or Inspection.

Here we go again with another Winter Storm to start the week! For a lot of folks, Florida is starting to look pretty good. And believe it or not the Phillies Pitchers and Catchers report next week! But if you are looking for a reason to escape the cold…just wait another storm is scheduled for Wednesday and also over the weekend on Sunday! 

But the weather is also wreaking havoc on your homes and business. The snow, ice, and rain does a number on your home’s roof, siding, foundation, and more. It’s a good time to check your basement walls and see if you have any water intrusion. When your home has been exposed to as much moisture as it has been, it’s a good idea to do a check of your home. We here at Morgan Basement Waterproofing offer a FREE Estimate or Inspection for Waterproofing and Mold Removal. Call Us Today for to get yours (610) 696-0100.

Morgan Basement Waterproofing Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Morgan Basement Waterproofing has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

Morgan Waterproofing is proud to be the recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service Award 

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Morgan Basement Waterproofing competes with in Philadelphia are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

 

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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How To Choose a Mold Removal Expert Video

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Basement Renovation – How To Mold Proof and Waterproof Your Basement

Bob Vila Video on Basement Renovation – How To Mold Proof and Waterproof Your Basement.

In his continuing video series Bob shows us how to waterproof and mold proof your home’s basement.

He is using Vapor Barrier’s to help eliminate some of the problems that moisture build up can cause.

If you need your Basement Waterproofed and are looking for a competent Waterproofing Company. Then Call Morgan Basement Waterproofing at (610) 696-0100 to get the job done right the first time. We are proud to be one of Angie’s List top providers in the Philadelphia Region. You can check out our many reviews there and see what we have done for other homeowners who have had wet basements.