2013-03-02 20:31:38 - Homes and commercial buildings in North East US were under severe damage lately due to incessant snow storms. The foundations of many buildings have been severely damaged. Basement waterproofing can help protect buildings from the devastating effect of water.
Several homes in North East US were damaged beyond repair by heavy storms that hit the area in the past few months. With the storms showing no signs of abating any time soon, homes that were overwhelmed by the water are in a sorry state. Standing water in the basement and outside can weaken foundations and cause a host of other problems.
Recently, a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and New Hampshire due to heavy snowfall. Some places were blanketed under three feet of snow. Thousands of people were stranded at airports as their flights were canceled (more are being canceled every day). Several North East states continue to reel under this condition.
Public transport had been shut down in several places and people were being advised to stay indoors. The National Weather Services even issued warnings of 'near zero visibility'.
More than 10,000 home across the region were without power. Car travel was banned in Massachusetts for some time by Governor Deval Patrick, while Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut closed the state highways for all traffic (except emergency vehicles).
A home is a substantial investment. Any damage to the property can cause heartache since the homeowner may have to spend a lot of money on repairs. During adverse weather conditions such as storms or heavy snowfall, the walls/floor in basements may become damp. Water can even collect in the basement or crawlspace.
Basement waterproofing is important from many standpoints. For one, a damp basement is the perfect breeding spot for mildew and molds. These fungi cause health issues in both pets and human beings, such as breathing problems, skin, and eye irritation. When the basement is wet, it can lead to structural issues. Wood will begin to rot. The foundation of the home will also weaken. The walls may discolor and a white, crystalline substance may deposit on the walls as water leaks. High humidity is another problem. A damp basement will almost certainly be excessively humid. Those suffering from asthma, respiratory problems, or other allergies will be affected. Rodents and pests also thrive in such damp, humid environments.
While nothing can be done about the weather, it should not be allowed to wreak havoc on a home. Water can enter the basement in many ways. For one, the water around the perimeter of a home may leak into the basement. Water can even leak through the walls, or through cracks on the floor of the basement.
A spokesperson from B-Dry, the leader in basement waterproofing technology, says that basement waterproofing involves many kinds of solutions. It depends on how much damage the basement has suffered. In extreme water logging conditions, a sump pump may have to be installed to drain the water away from the basement. A good waterproofing expert can analyze the damage and suggest appropriate remedial action.
Find out more today at www.bdry.com/basement-waterproofing