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DIAGNOSING BASEMENT PROBLEMS*          


Most problems unique to basements are caused by water. The first step in drying out a wet basement is to determine where the water is coming from. Is condensation the culprit? Is water seeping in from outside, or trickling through a crack in a wall or the floor? Is a high water table trying to push your basement out of the ground?

As you investigate each of these problems, as described below, bear in mind that the problem could be the result  of a combination of ills.


1) Condensation

Results from excess humidity, often from an internal source such as a washing machine, improperly vented dryer, or basement shower. It forms where warm moist air comes in contact with a significantly cooler surface such as an exterior wall or a cold water pipe.


2) SEEPGE 

If moisture is collecting on the floor or on one wall near the floor, it?s probably seeping in from outside or up from under the floor.Seepage usually occurs because water is forcing through an expansion joint or through pores and hairline cracks in the foundation.


3) LEAKS 

Often you can see water trickling down a basement wall or oozing up through a crack in the floor. Most basement leaks result from poor drainage, especially roof runoff, or a grading problem, aggravated by cracks that result from the normal settling of the structure.Walls that are extensively cracked need professional attention. Call Sahara Waterproofing today.


4) UNDERGROUND WATER

One of the most troublesome causes of a chronically damp basement is a spring or high water table that pushes water up through the floor under high pressure. This often shows up as a thin, almost imperceptible film. An underground water problem requires professional  help

Basement wall cementing and wall Parging involves applying a thin coat of a cement or polymeric mortar to concrete or masonry to refine the surface. Usually, a parge coat is up to a half inch in thickness. It’s laid atop of wire lath, which is nailed over the old stone basement walls. This will give the wall strength. The intent is to create a joined surface by filling air voids, to level a surface, or to prep a surface for a protective coating. Parging with cement or stucco is a low-cost alternative to re-pointing and provides structural cohesiveness to masonry walls whose mortar has begun to fall apart.

Affordable Sump Pump & Floor Coating Services


Our company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is experienced with basement water removal by use of sump pump technologies. We also use top-quality epoxy floor coating products on every job.

 Basement Wall Parging


Parging involves applying a thin coat of a cement or polymeric mortar to concrete or masonry to refine the surface. Usually, a parge coat is up to a half inch in thickness. It's laid atop of wire lath, which is nailed over the old stone basement walls. This will give the wall strength. The intent is to create a joined surface by filling air voids, to level a surface, or to prep a surface for a protective coating. Parging with cement or stucco is a low-cost alternative to repointing, and provides structural cohesiveness to masonry walls whose mortar has begun to fall apart. 

 Epoxy Floor Coating


Epoxy paint is a finish material used in homes and commercial buildings, and is used primarily as a floor covering. This material forms a hard, shiny surface upon application, and is popular in garages and showroom floors due to its strength and resistance to damage. Like all epoxy products, it is a two-part system, composed of both a resin and a hardener, with color added to provide the desired finish.

Concrete Resurfacing and Stucco Work


Concrete resurfacing is an easier and cheaper way to fix your deteriorating Driveways, Pavements, Patios, Sidewalks, Pool Decks, Walkways, and Slabs. Sahara Waterproofing will fix the cracks, holes, and fissures with a Polymer repair cement. Then we will apply a full coat of polymer concrete resurfacing material over the entire surface.As a building material, stucco is a durable, attractive, and weather-resistant wall covering. Sahara Waterproofing works in both types of home improvements. 

PROFESSIONAL WATERPROOFING SOLUTIONS TO BASEMENT PROBLEMS


Frequent flooding, severe cracks that seem to be getting worse, bulging walls, and heaving floors are not do-it-yourself projects. They call for the waterproofing solutions of Sahara Waterproofing. Sahara Waterproofing offers long-term warranties for the work we provide. That is important protection for you.     

Professional waterproofing systems differ, but most include one or a combination of the three approaches:


1) AN INTERIOR DRAIN FIELD 

Requires breaking through the basement floor, digging down to the footings, and installing a second drain field. An interior drain field works in much the same way as the channeling system except that it runs under the floor. Sahara Waterproofing excavates around the basement slab?s perimeter, drills weep holes at the base of the walls, then lays perforated drainpipe in a bed of gravel. The result is a drain field like the one outside the footing. The pipe channels water to either a storm sewer or a sump pump. Although more costly than a channeling system, an interior drain field can handle far more water, an important consideration if your basement suffers from a high water table, a clogged exterior drain field, or heavy seepage.


2) SUMP PUMPS

If a spring or high water table is forcing water up from below the slab, Sahara Waterproofing may recommend installing a sump pump. A sump is a pit that collects underground or runoff water. As the pit fills, a float activates the motor of a pump in the pit. A one-way check valve ensures that water from outside won?t back up into the sump. A sump pump turns on automatically as its pit begins to fill with water. It should be equipped with a warning device that signals when the pump isn?t working.


3) EXTERIOR DAMP PROOFING

Excavating to the footing, coating the foundation or adding a vapor-retarding membrane, and installing a new footing drain is the most costly alternative, but it may be necessary if damage is extensive and the wall also needs to be rebuilt. Exterior Damp-Proofing is a last resort. Treatment may be roll-on or sprayed in compounds, sheet membrane, or other measures.

 Concrete Resurfacing 


Concrete resurfacing is an easier and cheaper way to fix your deteriorating Driveways,Pavements,Patios,Sidewalks,pool decks, walkways, and slabs. Sahara Waterproofing will fix the cracks, holes, and fissures with a Polymer repair cement. Then we will apply a full coat of polymer concrete resurfacing material over the entire surface.

Basement Solutions


Most problems unique to basements are caused by water. The first step in drying out a wet basement is to determine where the water is coming from. Is condensation the culprit? Is water seeping in from outside, or trickling through a crack in a wall or the floor? Is a high water table trying to push your basement out of the ground?  Frequent flooding, severe cracks that seem to be getting worse, bulging walls, and heaving floors are not do-it-yourself projects. They call for the waterproofing solutions of Sahara Waterproofing. Sahara Waterproofing offers long-term warranties for the work we provide. That is important protection for you. We take a unique approach with interior drain fields, sump pumps, and/or exterior damp proofing to ensure your basement stays dry. 

Sump Pump


A sump pump is used to remove water that has accumulated in a basement basin, and funneling into the basin because of rain or natural ground water. Sump pumps are used where basement flooding happens regularly, and send water away from a house to any place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or a dry well. A properly installed pump activates automatically as its pit begins to fill with water, and should be equipped with a warning device that signals when the pump isn't working.

Basement Wall Cementing