Why Basement Waterproofing in Long Island?

Okay, let’s face it. Waterproofing isn’t the most glamorous of all home improvement services. It’s often overshadowed by it’s flashier granite counter top cousins, or out-shined by its ever popular older brother, roofing.

But more and more, we’re seeing the true importance of basement waterproofing in Long Island come to light. You see, a lot of people remain content to just let it be. “Ah, just forget about the basement- we only use it for storage anyway. We’re never down there, why pour thousands of dollars into it?!” This is a neglectful mindset and can lead to negative health consequences down the road for you and your family. Not good!

Well, for some, that will never change. And we can throw all the health risks and property value loss figures we want at ‘em, but they’re never going to see the value. And that’s fine. But for all those with a shred of concern over the well-being of their foundation, and most of all the health of their families (click here for more information from the EPA website), you have to consider basement waterproofing. Here are some quick facts to get you started on your path to basement health expertise:

  • Odor present in the basement or crawl space can be a sign of moisture.
  • Someone in the house is getting allergies or is sick more often is a warning sign.
  • Mold only takes 24-48 hours to grow, with a relative humidity of just 60%.
  • Floor and wall cracks are a sign of a moisture buildup, or “hydrostatic pressure.”
  • Windows (or doors) upstairs don’t open as easily anymore, sign of excess moisture.
  • Downspouts that overflow when it rains hard could mean a storm backup.
  • Basement appliances or fuse box rusting out mean relative humidity is too high

Okay, I’m thoroughly worried, what do I do now? Well, don’t be worried. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure no long term health risks or foundation damage are sustained.

Luckily, basement waterproofing has evolved so much that maintaining a dry basement is virtually down to a science. Through the installation of continuous interior and exterior drain tile and a powerful sump pump, the water that once caused cracks, mold, and mildew can now be gone for good.

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Sill Plate Waterproofing

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Sill plate waterproofing can be a particular troublesome repair for homeowners with leaky basements. Over time, this wooden joint that attaches the foundation to the rest of your home can degrade, become mold and moisture damaged, and eventually let water into your home.

In cases where the earth outside is built up above a healthy sill plate, during periods of high soil saturation, water can actually squeeze its way through regardless.

Take the Proper Precautions

A couple of simple things may very well ensure a dry sill plate for years to come. First, make sure the soil outside is graded away from your foundation. Water being allowed to pool at your foundation walls only increases the chances of a basement leak.

Additionally, make sure your gutters and downspouts are full attached and extended away from your home at least 4 feet. You may not have noticed it, but downspouts let out an enormous amounts of concentrated water during heavy rainfalls. The last thing you want is all that water over saturating the soil against your home.

Larger and Recurring Issues

Many times, simply grading the soil and extending the gutters won’t do the trick. If you’ve tried everything under the sun from landscaping drainage to caulk, you may be in need for a more comprehensive sill plate waterproofing solution. Exterior perforated drain tile can be an excellent way to seal off and re-route water away from the foundation, permanently.

For a free basement waterproofing or sill plate waterproofing estimate, or for more information visit our website at http://www.amshieldcorp.com.

Time To Make The Call?

There are large projects and small projects––some we can handle ourselves, and some we reach out to professional contractors for. When it comes to basement waterproofing, there are certainly things we can do ourselves. For example, if you notice a hairline crack appear suddenly on one of your basement walls, you might try sealing it with masonry caulk; if the water pressure isn’t very significant, that just might do the trick. A lot of us also like to replace pumps every so often.

But if problems persists, and walls begin to deteriorate (i.e. peeling paint, crumbling concrete, large cracks), professional basement waterproofing may be something to consider. This usually involves the installation of drainage pipe, exterior excavations, and cement work that may test the skills and patience of even the most handy homeowner!

For more info, visit www.amshieldcorp.com

5 Benefits For Having A Battery Backup in Long Island

Here are just 5 benefits of protecting your home with a battery backup:

  1.  Protection in the case of a power outage. Strong storms can knock out power to your home, rendering your primary pump useless. Unless you’ve got a battery backup, your basement or crawl space is totally vulnerable to flooding.
  2. Protection in the case of a primary pump failure. It’s no secret that pumps don’t last forever. Too often we wait until the pump fails to do something about it. Protect against burned out pumps with a backup system!
  3. Lend a helping hand to a struggling primary pump. Most people assume backups only engage when the primary pump fails. While that’s true, they will also kick on to help a primary pump that can’t keep up with the flow of water. This is a great asset during torrential downpours.
  4. Protect your valuables. The long term cost of replacing carpeting, tile, drywall, and valuables in your basement or crawl space can really add up. You can save your self lots of money down the road by spending a little money now with a battery backup pump.
  5. Do it for the health of you, your home, and your family. A perpetually damn basement is very unhealthy. So is a recently flooded basement. Toxic mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours, and that air travels upward, affecting the rest of the home.For more information about basement waterproofing in long island visit www.amshieldcorp.com or call 516-294-8400.

Waterproofing Systems Long Island

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Well, even the most advanced waterproofing systems in long island need a little care every once in a while. Testing your system ahead of time can also help you prevent things like burnt out pumps, power outages, electrical failures, and drainage clogs. Since we’re assuming a flooded basement during a rainstorm isn’t the ideal way to find out there’s something wrong with your sump pump, we’re recommending testing it ahead of time.

Testing your system with water is a quick and easy process. If your system has small access ports, place a hose and pump water through your system, preferable at the furthest point from your sump pump. This will accurately simulate a rain storm, while simultaneously helping flush out any debris or residue that may be accumulating in your drain tile.

If your system was not supplemented with access ports, you may pour water directly into the sump basin using 5 gallon buckets. This will certainly be able to tell you if your pumps are operating properly.

To test your battery backup system, simply follow the same water testing procedures with the primary sump pump unplugged. If you don’t have a battery backup system, we recommend you consider one. A battery backup is the best way to ensure you’re protected in the event of a primary pump failure or power outage, period.

For more information about basement waterproofing in long island visit www.amshieldcorp.com or call 516-294-8400.

Is Your Basement Ready For Spring?

Basement Waterproofing Long Island Spring Storms

Spring is just about here and you know what that means. Rain, wind, thunder, and more rain. Well, at least we’ll get some warm weather out of the deal.

Those of you with older foundations are probably a bit more sensitive to the Spring weather than the rest of us, and for good reason. The abundance of melting snow, fresh foundation cracks, and overwhelming amounts of rain can have quite a damaging effect on older basements and crawlspaces. Continue reading