We joke a lot about apocalyptic scenarios that range from Ebola pandemics to zombie outbreaks to the eerily plausible proliferation of food riots in urban centers as population growth outpaces global food production at an ever-increasing rate. As such, we talk a lot about shelters- from haute and trendy off-the-grid architectural wonders to prefab paramilitary outposts.
Even so, the need to keep water out of human shelters – from the most primitive to the most future-iffic – is something that, maybe, we should have noticed earlier, but it took Ameri-Dry Waterproofing reaching out to us about new basement waterproofing materials for the idea to really soak in. (Get it?)
Put simply, “major flood damage is unquestionably one of the most destructive events your home can experience,” according to About.com’s home experts. “Floods and water damage from major storms can affect your entire home, from the roof, to ceilings and walls to flooring and, of course, your basement.”
Common Causes of Basement Water Damage
As a concerned homeowner, you may be wondering what caused your basement to leak in the first place. The exact cause can only be determined by a basement waterproofing expert, of course, but there are typical reasons for a leak. These include foundation wall cracks, clogged or broken downspouts, and poor drainage. (See the illustration below for additional causes.)
Think of it this way: When your home was built, a hole had to be created to accommodate the basement. The ground never completely recovered from the creation of this hole, so whenever it becomes saturated, water will always travel towards it. This water then creates pressure around your basement walls and floors, (hydrostatic pressure) which eventually causes seepage at any cracks, joints, or openings. This problem is so common, in fact, that the National Association of Realtors states that 85% of all homes in America have wet basements at some point.
Ameri-Dry offers a lifetime warranty on its waterproofing products, and operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Tennessee (for now), with plans to expand to more states in the coming years.
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