It’s not uncommon to hear the term “hydrostatic pressure” when discussing foundation wall repairs and basement waterproofing. The effects of hydrostatic pressure to a home’s foundation walls and basement are a major cause of basement water problems.
What is Hydrostatic Pressure?
Hydrostatic pressure refers to water pressure that surrounds your basement when it rains or snows. If the soil around your basement is saturated with water, there could be tens of thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure against the foundation. With significant pressure, it’s likely that water will find its way through even the smallest crack or gap in your basement.
Problems and Solutions
Hydrostatic pressure can lead to a number of problems, including: cracked concrete, foundation cracks, bowed basement walls, uneven foundation, basement leaks and flooding, mold and mildew, expedited foundation settling, and soil erosion.
Even a well-constructed basement foundation can’t provide a perfect barrier against hydrostatic pressure. However, basement waterproofing prevents water from getting into your basement, while cracked foundation repair can fix existing issues that are making your home more susceptible to flooding and damage. To learn more about how to safeguard your home for hydrostatic pressure and ongoing basement flooding, contact A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing today.
Is your once large enough home starting to feel tight and cramped? Do you feel like everyone is living on top of one another? Do the kids seem to be accumulating more and more stuff that’s spilling over into every room in the house? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider expanding your living space – and the answer may be right under your feet!
While an expansion would be nice, that can be a costly and lengthy process. The basement, however, is often an easier and more cost effective option. Basements hold endless possibilities, with a wealth of extra living space just waiting to be transformed.
Before you start you’ll want to take care of any wet basement troubles. Waterproofing contractors in Illinois can perform a thorough inspection, pinpointing the problem areas and properly waterproofing the basement and exterior walls of your home. As a special offer, A-Proseal is currently offering 10% off when you spend $500 or $50 off of any cracked foundation repairs. Waterproofing and remodeling can get pricey, so it’s great to save money when you can!
Once that’s complete and you’ve got a dry basement, your imagination is the limit when it comes to design. Need help deciding the best use of your basement space? Here are some popular basement refinishing trends:
Playroom for the Kids – No more toys in every room of the house!
Home Office – Find a little peace, quiet and separation while trying to get your work done.
Extra Bedroom – Whether your kids are tired of sharing a room or you need space for overnight guests, the basement is ideal and will add extra value to your home.
Family Room – Give dad his own space to watch sports or the kids a movie room to enjoy with friends.
Extra storage space – It might not be the most glamorous usage, but it does allow you room to neatly organize your belongings.