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Ensuring Proper Structural Repairs of Basements

By Temple Young Subscribe to RSS | March 29th 2012 | Views:
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No home owner wants to encounter areas of their home that requires repairs. When the damage to the home is structural, the level of concern that the home owner experiences rises as well. When undertaking structural repairs in your Queens home it is vital that you find the services of an experienced contractor. This is because unless structural damages are promptly and correctly repaired, there could be long-term damage to your home. Your home can become unsafe to live or lose value in the market or possibly both. By hiring the services of a contractor that provides written, transferable warranties for the products used as well as the installation services, you will be able to receive continued service.

Signs of Structural Damage

Before you start work on repair damage or finishing the basement of your home, you need spot the signs of structural damage. Common signs include buckling or tilting foundation walls, cracked foundation walls, tilting chimneys, jammed doors or windows, uneven floors, or basement floods in your Queens home. When you spot any of these signs you need to contact a contractor who will conduct an on-site inspection, determine the cause of the structural damage, and suggest remedies. The experienced contractor will offer an estimate of the repairs as well as a schedule for the repairs.

Causes of Basement Leaks

Basement leaks in Queens occur mainly because of hydrostatic pressure. This happens when the loosely packed soil around the basement of your home accumulates excess moisture. This excess water exerts a hydrostatic pressure on the basement and foundation walls of your home and forces water to enter the basement through cracks, gaps in the joints between the walls and floor, opening made for pipes, the floor, and even the porous concrete.

The experienced contractor you select to repair the basement of your home will determine the cause of the flooding and suggest appropriate remedies. Depending on the source of the water the contractor will use exterior excavation, negative-side sealant, interior baseboard system, or interior sub-floor drain to ensure that excess water is diverted away from your home. By installing special drains around the perimeter of the basement and collecting the excess water in a sump, the contractor will ensure that the soil around the basement does not contain excess water. The water from the sump is then pumped out using fail proof pumps.

Foundation Problems

Often foundation walls tilt, bow, or crack extensively because of the pressure exerted by expanding soils. A contractor that uses patented systems backed by warranties will be able to strengthen the foundation walls instead of asking you to replace the foundations. The wall anchors and other products will both strengthen the foundation walls and straighten the bowed walls over time. This is the best solution for foundation problems as it tackles the cause of the foundation problems. Foundation repair in Queens can solve issues such as uneven floors, sagging floors, jammed doors and windows, and tilting chimneys. By attending to these repairs you will be enhancing the appearance of your home and strengthening it as well.

Ensuring Dry Basements

There is probably not any home owner in Queens desires basements with water - that is probably a safe bet to make. Contractors with expertise in ensuring that basements are dry will install sump pumps with back up, dehumidifiers, and other systems. Water proofers with certification from the manufacturers of the patented systems will be able to install all the products properly. This will help keep the basement of your home dry for years to come, enabling you to finish the basement and add to your wonderful living space.

Temple Young - About Author:
Quality 1st Basement Systems of New York City specializes in repairing basement leaks in Queens, and surrounding areas. Visit them online for a free estimate.

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