A wet or musty basement can cause your clothing to smell or your allergies to flair up. Keep the water out and your family healthy with waterproofing options from Rock & Tait in Eau Claire.
Dry out your wet basement with the help of our waterproofing experts.
If you suspect moisture in your home (or can clearly see beading water or damage), it is time to take some steps to ensure your family’s heath and your home’s longevity.
First, we recommend you do an easy test to identify what is causing the moisture. Tape a 1-foot square piece of aluminum on the inside of a basement wall for 24 hours. If there is condensation on the outside of the foil, you have a high level of humidity in the basement. You might be able to fix this with portable or whole-house dehumidifier. If you find condensation inside the aluminum (against the wall), you’re likely dealing with soil around your home that is naturally very damp. In this case, you will likely want to take steps to waterproof your walls.
Addressing moisture issues can be a daunting task, sometimes applying a coating to the wall helps, while other times fixing cracks or installing sump-pump systems is necessary. Don’t fret, whatever the cause of your moisture, Rock & Tait can diagnose and fix the problem!
Are there any easy solutions for a wet basement?
Sometimes adding a $20 gutter extension is all you need to fix your moisture problems. If downspouts are dumping water 5 feet or less from your house, it could be leaking into your home. However, this isn’t a great cosmetic or long-term solution, let Rock & Tait can assess if a sloping trench or underground pipe is a better long-term solution.
What can I expect of an exterior waterproofing project?
Exterior waterproofing is a rather large project involving excavating around your home to the full depth of the foundation walls. From there, coating may be applied, or drainage systems installed. This is a large project, but depending on the state of your home could be necessary. Don’t panic, let Rock & Tait examine your space, and we can discuss all the options available for properly fixing your home.
Would replacing my sump pump help?
If you have a sump pump, but are still noticing mold or a mildew smell it is likely time to replace it. Sump pumps typically have a lifespan of 10 years. If you don’t know how old it is, it has likely outlived its lifespan. We can help replace the pump and fix any damage that occurred due to the broken pump.