HomeSpec BasementFix Q&A

Can I just patch a crack in my basement wall?

A crack may seem like a problem you can easily repair on your own. However, patching a crack seldom stops the problem, meaning you will likely deal with the crack leaking again. 

When you patch a crack, the crack can still move as the wall moves, leading to further issues after the fix.

READ: Should you fix that crack in your basement wall yourself?

Different types of cracks require different approaches to permanently fix them. For instance, some cracks may be repaired by injecting them with polyurethane, while others may require stabilization to repair the foundation wall. 

Learn more about the various ways we repair wall cracks here

Can waterproofing my basement increase the value of my home?

Yes, a waterproofed basement can increase your home's value in many ways.

Basements that are free of water are healthier to live inside. Moisture in the basement can cause bacteria and mold to form. This can lead to a multitude of health issues, including breathing problems and allergies.

Also, waterproofed basements provide more usable space in the home. This allows for more storage and area for hosting family events or relaxing. 

Basements are susceptible to becoming wet because they are underground. However, a waterproofed basement provides current homeowners and potential home buyers with the peace of mind that the space is clean and safe from future water damage. 

How does an interior drainage system work?

If you are dealing with a wet basement, an interior drainage system can help solve the problem.

Interior drainage systems are installed beneath the floor around the perimeter of the basement. When there is water entering the basement, it seeps into the drainage system. The water is then moved to the sump pump basin.

Is it bad if there is water in my crawl space?

Yes. Water in a crawl space can lead to other problems in the home.

When a crawl space is wet, it often means the house above is humid. This can cause discomfort to residents and force HVAC systems to work harder.

In addition to discomfort and increased energy bills, the added moisture in the home can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can be dangerous to your health. 

Water can also rot the wood in crawl spaces and has the potential to lead to structural damage. 

My crawl space is damp. What are my options?

We can solve your wet crawl space issue and prevent further water problems by installing a vapor barrier to encapsulate the crawl space. This stops excess moisture from getting inside the crawl space.

Sump pumps are also an option when your crawl space has water issues. A drainage system with a sump pump will remove water to prevent flooding. 

Also, dehumidifiers can be placed in crawl spaces to keep moisture levels at bay. 

Should dehumidifiers drain automatically?

Unless you want to spend a significant amount of time emptying your dehumidifier each week, the answer is yes. By having a dehumidifier that drains through a hose, you don't need to worry about manually emptying it each time it fills. 

Should my crawl space be vented?

No, it shouldn't be. Vents let in hot air in the summer and cold air in the winter. Since most of the air in your home comes up from your crawl space, this is not good news. 

When hot, humid air is let in, the relative humidity of the crawl space increases. At 70%, mold grows. At 90%, wood rots. At 100%, condensation happens. This drives down the R-value of the insulation, and renders it pretty much useless. This puts your family's health and the structure of your home at risk.

Not to mention your floors will be cold in the winter and it will take a lot more energy to warm your home as a result of cold air in your crawl space.

This is why HomeSpec encapsulates crawl spaces with our innovative CleanSpace system. We install a vapor barrier to seal off the crawl space, but we can also cover the vents, seal the rim joists, replace the wooden door, and then install a dehumidifier to keep it as dry as possible. A sump pump and an interior drainage system can also be installed for the driest, cleanest, most protected crawl space you've ever seen!

What are some reasons my sump pump could stop working?

Despite having a sump pump in your basement, sometimes they can stop working, which can lead to the problem you're trying to avoid by installing the pump -- flooding.

Sump pumps can stop working if the power goes out, a circuit trips, or the pump comes unplugged.

Also, the sump pump could become overwhelmed by too much water, causing it to stop working properly.

Because it's not possible to prevent these problems from happening completely, a TripleSafe sump pump is the best option for ensuring your basement is safe, even when the power is out or rain is heavy. 

What are the benefits of installing a TripleSafe sump pump?

The power goes out, a heavy rain overwhelms the pump, someone mistakenly trips over the cord, unplugging it.

These are just a few reasons a sump pump could fail. 

To prevent flooding as a result of a sump pump failure, consider having a TripleSafe sump pump installed. The TripleSafe pump includes three pumps in one liner to make sure the pump is always working, even when one fails.

The second pump is more powerful than the primary one. It kicks in if the primary pump fails. The third pump is battery-operated, ensuring the pump continues working even if the power is out.

What is the process like once I contact HomeSpec with a problem?

After you contact us about an issue you are having with your home, we will set an appointment for an inspector to come look at the problem.

During the evaluation, our inspector will explain the problem and offer customized solutions. The inspector will recommend the best course of action and write a proposal.

Once you approve the proposal, an appointment will be set for a crew to begin the work.

Click here to schedule your free estimate.

Why is PolyLevel a better choice for lifting concrete than standard fill material?

PolyLevel is an expanding polyurethane foam that is used to lift and level concrete and slab foundations. It is also used to strengthen and stabilize loose soil.

PolyLevel is an injection that is a better choice than standard concrete lifting materials because it weighs much less than other options -- about 4 pounds per cubic feet rather than 120 pounds per cubic feet. It's also less messy than other types of injections.

It is waterproof, quick curing, and adjustable, making it an ideal choice for lifting sinking concrete in a minimally invasive way. 

Also, if you're concerned about the impact PolyLevel has on the environment, don't be! Click here to learn more about how it is a safe choice for repairing your concrete.

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Why should my basement be waterproofed from the inside, not the outside?

This is a great question. Sometimes exterior waterproofing is the best option based on the circumstances, but most of the time it's not. 

It should make sense to waterproof a basement from the outside to prevent water from getting in, instead of doing it from the inside and dealing with the water after it gets in.

The problem with that is, exterior waterproofing only prevents water seeping in from the sides, and not from under the floor slab. It also means you have to excavate around the entire perimeter of your homea messy and invasive task. Footing drains, which are placed in the dirt around the outer perimeter of the foundation, are also known to clog easily and be quite useless.

But interior waterproofing, usually with an interior drainage system, never clogs because it isn't placed in the mud, it's placed on top of the foundation's footing, inside the concrete floor. An interior drainage system takes leaks, water vapor, condensation, and any other water coming into your basement and directs it to the sump pump. Paired with a dehumidifier to control the overall moisture, this system is pretty much unstoppable. The installation process is also much cleaner, quicker, and cheaper overall. 

READ: The Science Behind Wet Basements-And How to Prevent Them

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