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How to Prevent Water Damage to a Finished Basement in Levittown

2/24/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Reduce Moisture Levels in Your Basement

A Basement in Levittown Is Where SERVPRO Can Help Prevent Water Damage

Don't let possible water damage to a Levittown basement keep you from expanding your living space. It is not unusual for growing families to agonize over home extensions and expansions. Are they worth the investment? Can you guarantee that they will add value to the home and not remove it? Where is the best place to put an extension? The real question is, why sink money into an expensive construction project when you can make use of space already included in your home? If you have a basement, and it is currently sitting unused and unloved, it is time to turn that empty space into additional living quarters.

It's incredible what improvements you can make to a basement or subterranean utility room to make it usable. However, you must always remember that it is below ground. It will be more at risk from flooding and water damage than any other part of the house, so it is important to take the right water damage prevention measures.

Fixing Masonry Foundations
This type of foundation is prone to developing cracks at the mortar joints. The quickest and easiest way to stop water from seeping up through the holes is to apply an external waterproof ‘skin.’ To do this, you will need to contact a contractor for help. You may also need to consider your basement as out of action for a short while.

The contractors will excavate down until they reach the foundation footings. Then, they will scour the foundation, before adding a sturdy external ‘skin’ to the outside wall. This is designed to waterproof the whole basement area below and at the grade level.

Fixing Non-Structural Cracks
A crack in the foundation of a house can seem like a scary thing, but it does not necessarily mean that the integrity of your home was compromised. The vast majority of structural cracks are primarily aesthetic. They can still allow water seepage, however, so you must fix them quickly. You can do this by drilling a small hole close to cracks and filling it with sodium bentonite clay. This material will soak up the water and prevent the basement from flooding or leaking.

Concrete Crack Injections
If your basement floor was poured concrete to establish the pad, you might need to use a slightly different method. Anywhere that you find a crack developing, carefully fill it with an epoxy or a polyurethane substance. In a lot of cases, you will be better off seeking outside help from a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. We can inspect your basement and house to determine the best course of action.

Water damage in a Levittown basement may develop from excessive moisture or accumulated condensation. SERVPRO of Levittown can install a dehumidifier to ensure suitable levels of humidity are achieved and maintained. This will improve air quality, lessen potential water damage to walls and furniture, along with suppressing mold growth. A sump pump may be an additional device to install in case of flooding or frozen pipes. If you do need water damage restoration call us and we will always return your home to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

We are water damage specialists. SERVPRO of Levittown starts quickly to get your basement dry and back to pre-water damage condition. We proudly service Levittown, Bristol, and Morrisville for all mold, fire, and water damaging events. Call us 24/7 for help. (215) 785-1777

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