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6 Questions to Ask a Basement Waterproofing Contractor

Ask your basement waterproofing contractor these key questions.

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Does your finished basement have seepage? Does water find a way in, and make you wonder if you need foundation repair?

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A structural engineer explains why to hire an engineer and draft a plan before repairing a wet basement or crawl space.

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Mold in a basement is a common problem. My company helps people with this every day. Some of the answers you received were helpful but not all the information is correct. First, you need to eliminate the two main ingrediants that mold needs to survive. The first one is water intrusion. This is a must. I am assuming you have no water intrusion as you make no mention. The second componant that needs to be eliminated is moisture. Moisture is also humidity. Basements need to be kept airtight in the summer months. Some folks have posted that you need air flow in your basement. Nothing could be furthur from the truth. When you open any windows for example, not one micron of air goes out of the basement, Warm humid air is sucked into the basement. Houses suck air into the basement and it meets the cool surfaces and skyrockets humidity. The windows must be kept closed and a dehumidification device installed to ensure humidity stays below 60% humidity. The dehumidifier should be energy star rated and purchasing a seperate humidity guage is a must to monitor the unit's progress. We like to keep our customer's basements at 50% humidity. This eliminates the smell that is active mold spore growth. Once the water and humidity is brought under control. Remove the organic materials that have mold on them. Walls, sheetrock and studs that have been affected. Follow the advice of previous posts as you must ensure that you do not affect the rest of the home. Once removed, install new walls using as much inorganic material as possible. We also install vapor barrier over the walls and seal the floors to stopwater vapor transmission into the basement. Poly plastic is not a acceptable vapor barrier. It is not "zero-perm" and will still allow moisture transmission. It will also crack and break into pieces over the years. A PVC liner rated "zero-perm" is the correct product in this application. Depending how large the basement is and if it is sectioned off will determine the dehumidifier strength. We use the Santa Fe line of dehidifiers as they are super energy efficiant and work like a dehumidifier on steriods. I hope this helps and I wish you the best in Basement Health!
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Where is the home located, what is the exterior wall construction and type, how is the space heated?

 

It could be a whole host of different scenarios that would generate that result.  It is nearly impossible to tell but I would say that most basement moisture problems are a result of bulk moisture intrusion or condensation issues. 

 

Given the deep and hard winter this year, it could be a condensation issue that hadn't previously been shown.

 

 

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Waterproofing Contractors in Oceanside, CA

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A - 1 Plumbing Sewer & Drain Experts

616 Emerald Ave.
El Cajon

A DUIN-IT Roofing & Construction, Inc.

29115 Valley Center Rd.
Valley Center

A Man For All Seasons (AMFAS)

668 N. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach

A.H.INC.

4570 Alvarado Canyon Road
San Diego

Acuterra Drainage and Foundation

3525 Del Mar Heights Road
San Diego

All Phases and Trades Construction Corp

1211 Maryland Pl
San Diego

Berkley Construction Inc

1520 Dale St
San Diego

Birchall Restoration

429 Industrial Way Ste. B
Fallbrook

Birchall Restoration

31604 Wrightwood Rd
Bonsall

Blue Pacific Contracting

4749 Oceanside Blvd Ste E
Oceanside

Brian Thomas Consulting Inc

396 Eddie Dr.
Vista

BWW and Company

832 Ardmore Cir
Redlands

c4 Global

2201 Commonwealth Ave
San Diego

Cabrillo Craftsman

PO Box 83944
San Diego

Chula Vista Painting

169 CAMINO ENTRADA

CHURCH CONCRETE

6435 GOODWIN ST
San Diego

CMS Construction Services, Inc.

4425 Larchwood Pl
Riverside

Conan Construction Inc.

1440 Coolide Ave

Dakini Engineering General Contracting

1121 Carlsbad St
Spring Valley

Dave & Company

835 West Empire

Escazu Painting Inc.

2304 San Pasqual Valley Rd
Escondido

Garage Vision Co

1236 Eucalyptus Ave
Vista

Gary's Handyman Services

Cookie Lane
Fallbrook

Hi-Tech Builders Inc

5435 Balboa Blvd
Encino

Hovis Shower Pans

PO Box 893502
Temecula

HR Water / Mold / Fire Services

3333 Main St
Chula Vista

JAD Builders

El Cajon

JOHN FIEDLER ROOFING

4612 SLEEPING INDIAN RD
Fallbrook

KM Construction

1040 Golden Rd.
Encinitas

Lohse2

6950 Friars Road
San Diego

McCue Construction

543 Las Veras Place
Escondido

Medrano Company

4218 Market St
San Diego

Pacific Restoration

9030 Kenmar Dr
San Diego

PAINTING CONNECTION

321 KENTFIELD DR
San Marcos

Perfect Projects Management

8811 Cherry Rd
Lakeside

Polo Construction

930 Via Mil Cumbres
Solana Beach

Re-Nu Renovations

P O Box 177
Carlsbad

REAL DEAL PAINTING

San Diego, CA
San Diego

Renovation Pros

31805 Temecula Pkwy
Temecula

Responsible Construction

1786 Laurel Rd
Oceanside

RTA ENTERPRISE

457 SHY LANE
Chula Vista

Rush Plumbing & Rooter/Rush Contractors & Eng.

offices in Anaheim, Menifee, San Jose, San Diego
Anaheim

SAN DIEGO MASTER CRAFTSMEN

PO Box 2251
La Mesa

San Diego Pool Master

12191 Cuyamaca college drive
El Cajon

SlabStripper.com

603 Seagaze Drive
Oceanside

Spring Oak Construction

23748 Spring Oak Pl
Murrieta

Surfside Developers, Inc.

4502 Milton street
San Diego

T F LARKIN INC

9180 MEADOWRUN PL
San Diego

Tafoya Construction

505 Cardiff St
San Diego

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

Toro Home Maintenance & Repairs

1270 Phillips Street
Vista

U S Coatings

3160 Camino Del Rio S Ste 207
San Diego

Uva Construction

41785 Elm St #102
Murrieta

West Coast Shower Pans

1515 E Katella Ave Unit 2109
Anaheim

World Wide Construction, Inc.

415 Laurel St. PMB #126
San Diego

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