Waterproofing is your first line of defense against water intrusion. It is fundamental to sealing and creating a building envelope, which is a controlled environment. The methods and materials have improved dramatically over the last 50 years. Failures are common, either due to improper installation or the use of inferior materials. Ev-Air-Tight, Shoemaker has extensive experience installing all types of waterproofing, including cold liquid applied, hot liquid applied, and sheet applied.
Waterproofing is one of those services which you don’t really think about much, but which can end up saving you a ton of money by avoiding costly repairs or replacements when water damage occurs. If you happen to be the owner or manager of a multi-family dwelling, you’ll have a lot riding on the soundness and the integrity of your building’s foundation, so you’ll want to be sure that it remains impervious to water damage. There are times when a great deal of rain can seep into the ground in the Maryland and Virginia area, so your structure should be protected against the potential for major water damage.
To head off the possibility of water damage from runoff and ground seepage, contact us at Ev-Air-Tight, Shoemaker, Inc., so we can inspect your premises and determine what level of waterproofing might be needed. You might well have cracks in the foundation of your multi-family dwelling which you were unaware of, and which require treatment so as to prevent further damage. It could be that masonry repair is needed in order to restore the integrity of your foundation, and we can handle this as well, before carrying out whatever kind of waterproofing is called for.
There are lots more types of damage your building might sustain from water than just the direct damage caused by moisture. You can also have mold and mildew growing, and these could become health hazards for your tenants. Any kind of moisture buildup might also be an invitation to termites and other varmints who feast on water and building materials. If there’s any wood paneling in your basement walls or floors, you could suffer warping which would degrade the paneling and render it less effective.
Rust could accumulate on your hot water heater, HVAC equipment, or any other equipment you have situated in the basement, and this would contribute to both a shorter operational life, and possibly degraded performance as well. Any electrical sockets or wiring which are exposed to moisture could short out and trigger a building fire which could cause far worse damage than water problems would. At the very least, you would probably have some damp, musty odors emanating from your basement, and this could be a health issue for anyone using the basement.
Water problems in your building’s basement never fix themselves, and they never get better on their own. That means you’ll have to take some kind of action to relieve the situation, and your best bet is to leave it to the professionals, like our specialists at Ev-Air-Tight, Shoemaker, Inc. We have had years of experience at handling waterproofing projects, and we can do whatever is necessary to restore the integrity of your building’s foundation. Call us if you suspect that water damage may be occurring at your building, so we can stop the damage and restore structural soundness.