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Tips for Maintaining a Dry Basement in Milwaukee

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seepage 4 300x168Making sure your basement is watertight and protected against leaks can help you make the most of these living spaces. Left unrepaired, water leaks can promote the growth of mold and mildew that can cause health issues for you and your family. Here are some of the most important points to remember about basement waterproofing in the Milwaukee area.

Look for the Warning Signs

In some cases, the symptoms of water leaks in your basement may be immediately evident. Some of the most common warning signs of leaks include the following: Continue reading

Tips for Basement Waterproofing in Milwaukee

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Severe storms like the ones we have had lately can put your Milwaukee basement waterproofing to the test. If the recent rainfall has left your basement in need of a little repair, the experts at Accurate Basement Repair can provide you with the right solutions for your specific situation. Here are some helpful tips that can help you deal with a wet basement effectively and can prevent additional problems in the future:

Call Right Away

At the first sign of water leakage or damage caused by moisture, call your Milwaukee basement waterproofing company to schedule an appointment. Left uncorrected, leaking basements can allow mold and mildew to build up in walls or floors, presenting a serious health risk to you and your family. By calling us right away to remediate any problems and to restore your basement to its former waterproof condition, you can be sure of the most practical solutions for your Milwaukee home. Continue reading

Dealing With Ice Dams On A House

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typical ice dam and leak 300x277Ice dams are a problem that occurs in cold climates where there is significant snowfall. The fast melting and freezing of the snow causes intrusions and damage to roofing materials that can spread to the interior of the house. These problems can cause significant expense in home repairs. However, smart homeowners can take measures to reduce the incidence of ice dams in winter.

Understanding Ice Dams

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that builds up along the edge of a home’s roof. This ridge prevents snowmelt from falling off the roof. As the pooled water becomes deeper, it begins to penetrate the roofing materials and leaks into the home’s interior. This problem occurs when warm air in the attic melts the lower layers of snowfall. The melted snow slides under upper layers until it meets the overhang, where it re-freezes. The melted slush becomes thicker and thicker, creating the ice dam ridge. Generally, this problem is hidden under the snow until a leak occurs inside the home. Continue reading

Prevention is Key in Keeping a Basement Dry

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A dry basement is great for potential space in a home and reducing airborne allergens associated with mold and mildew. Most problems occur due to poor grading and water seepage. Installing a sump pump and identifying the source of water seepage is the first task for good water management. Here is an overview of the best way to create a dry and comfortable basement.

Sump Pump Overview

B091 Sump Pump Discharge Options 1005x1024A good sump setup should have proper pitch to allow water to flow into the pit and enough horsepower to quickly drain the pit during heavy storms. A common problem with sump pump installations is improper hookup.

Sump pumps can be discharged into a city storm sewer or have a visible discharge outside. Check your local ordinances if you are able to discharge into the storm sewer. An outside discharge works best in heavily sloped yards away from the house. Modern sump pumps should discharge using a check valve if they go into a sanitary sewer or storm drain. The most common problems in sump pumps can be linked to failure in the float device or a bad check valve that allows the basement to flood. Continue reading

Installing a Basement Sump Pump

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Water buildup in the basement is a fairly common problem. Sometimes disaster strikes and the home is inundated with water. Usually, however, the problem is a slow drip-drip of seepage, perhaps entering via cracks in the foundation. If too much water collects around the foundation, the homeowner may suffer thousands of dollars in damage.

The solution is installing a basement sump pump system. This consists of an electric pump (usually 1/3 or 1/2 horsepower) and a basin or sump pit, which is a container with 15-25 gallons capacity. The pump runs on electricity and may have a battery backup. Backup power is important to keep the basin from overflowing in case the power goes out. Some systems include monitoring functionality that trigger an audible alarm when a pumping problem occurs or when maintenance is required. Continue reading

Maintaining Your Home to Prevent A Wet Basement

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Every family that has a basement of any kind must consider what they are going to do to keep moisture from creeping into their basement. Working with a basement waterproofing company can help to insulate and protect the basement, but homeowners must take steps of their own to ensure that their basement is less humid and damp. All the work they do will be for naught if the family does not take this situation seriously on their end. Continue reading