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Do you have a brick Georgia Home?

Here’s a helpful Wet Seal tip for homes with brick and poured wall foundations.
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finger spaceA lot of people don’t know this but between your homes exterior brick and foundation wall there is a void. The bricks do not touch the foundation wall. We call this void a finger-space. Water likes to travel between this void entering in from one area and traveling through the void. This means that just because your seeing water entering an area inside doesn’t mean it’s actually entering from the outside in the same area. Remedies for a water filled finger space are quite easy and usually treated with simple solutions that other companies don’t want you to know. Punching a small hole in the lowest point of the brick from the outside and inserting a drainage pipe is a very simple and inexpensive trick that will redirect this water out of the finger space void and back outside.

 

 

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What standing water in your home can do to your health

Clean air quality is key to keeping your family safe. A lot of people might say they do not care if their crawlspace or basement mold4is wet because its not their main living space. But if your furnace is located in these areas you are breathing in the air that is stagnant form these areas. Having these areas free from moisture causing mold are very important for clean air quality in your home. Keep your family safe and breathing healthier.

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To prevent these spaces from growing harmful mold. These areas need to be dried and water free. To prevent introducing toxic allergies to you or your family members these areas must first be dry.
As soon as you notice moisture and water in your basement or crawlspace its extremely important to have these areas waterproofed. This can also cause high humidity levels as well, turning the stagnant water into humidity. If water issues are not exterminated as soon as noticed you could have or may already have mold. Mold is extremely harmful and can make anyone occupying the home very sick. The most common types of mold include aspergillus, cladosporium, stachybotrys atra (also known as black mold). Usually the most common is the white fuzzy mold on soil and green mold on wood floor joists. Mold related symptoms can include sneezing, itchiness, skin irritation, watery or itchy eyes and headaches. The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory infection, coughing, sneezing, eye irritation, nose and through congestion, rashes, difficulty breathing, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches. These can all me symptoms of black mold exposure or poisoning.
In more severe cases if left untreated can experience nausea, vomiting and bleeding in the lungs and nose. In lesser cases some may not even know they have exposure. You could feel tired and drowsy feeling sluggish and low energy. This is why it is very important to get water out of your home as soon as noticed. Procrastinating on these issues are very dangerous to you and your health. That is why we offer a bio fog mold treatment along with any waterproofing install. Because where there is standing water, there is mold. It is not only important to your health but to the installers as well. Treatments are usually given twice. Once before the water extraction begins and another once the install is complete. This two part process allows one treatment to kill off mold that is present in the air and the second treatment as a mold shield. This blocks and prevent any mold from coming back as long as the area stays dry. That is why it is very important to have these ares waterproofed.
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The Importance of Conducting a Service Call

Once your new system has been installed, it is a good idea to  have it routinely checked and tested. This will insure all components are working correctly and flushed to prevent clogging. Test ports are installed with every indoor sub-floor system. This allows us to adequately test systems after they are installed.

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It is important to have a yearly service call preformed. This can be provided by us, or you as the homeowner, can test your system by simply removing the cap to the water port and running a water hose. This will insure your system is working. Pumps should engage or gravity lines will flush.  Lawns-cape outlets and pop ups can be observed visually outside. You’ll know your system is working when water is exiting through these lines. Different things can happen, your pump can stop working. If you have a trench dug out for a drain, any number of things could damage your drain. If your drain becomes damaged or punctured then dirt and debris will get into it creating a clog. Roots can penetrate your exit line. This will back up your system. Repairs from other services could have disturbed your system unknowing and accidentally. As an example we revisited a customer in Buford Georgia and conduced a water test. I few short minutes and we found the system was backing up. It appeared that the the drain line outside was clogged. It turned out the customer had a new drive way installed a few weeks prior and in the event removed the drain line.  A new drain line was installed and prevented much greater damage if the system had failed. You could have an area in your basement or crawlspace that wasn’t waterproofed or encaspulated. It would be a good idea to check the unprotected areas periodically. This will insure these areas haven’t been compromised. This could interfere with your previous work you had done. Once the system has been installed there are a checklist of items the homeowner is given of do’s and dont’s.  One of them being absolutely no nails are to puncture the system during a build back. It is very important to have your yearly service call to check on any of these issues to make sure your home is safe and everything is running as it should. If systems are found inoperable check your warranty and call us to scheduled your annual service call.

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Open vents under your home are just one of many ways cold air can come in during the winter time. These vents should be sealed to eliminate outdoor air from entering your home through the crawlspace. By sealing the vents you block out cold air and prevent cold floors under your homes foundation. Also sealing the vents keeps warm air out and high humidity out during the summer time. Raised humidity is wet air and this air increases the risk of growing mold. If mold is found it needs to be eliminated to stop the spread. This is done by removing or replacing all insulation. Then applying a mold blocker and preventative treatment to your homes crawlspace.

 

 

Cold air can also enter in from pipes and cracks though your homes foundation. These areas need to be sealed and can be done so a number of ways. Crawlspace walls and floors should be covered and sealed to keep your living space warm and insulated. The ground beneath your home can reach outdoor temperatures that will admit cold air to the under slab of your home. Sealing theses areas not only keeps the cold out but also holds back damp dirt, reduces soil gases and stops mold. Our antimicrobial liner is a double ply 20mil nylon treated plastic sheeting. It’s extremely durable. Its hung, pined and sealed together on the walls, floors and columns of the crawlspace. This procedure is called encapsulation or as some know as closed crawlspace.

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Before an encapsulation system is preformed, the crawlspace must be a good candidate to do so. The area must be inspected for any signs of water intrusion first. Visible discoloration or  a white powdery film present on walls is one of many ways to determine if you have a water leak. These areas must be sealed or a water management system be installed before any encapsulations be applied. Installing an encapsulation system and knowing ground water leaks are present is a huge mistake. Although a closed crawlspace system will keep out moisture, it will not prevent or keep out large amounts of water. Water can and will find a way to penetrate seems in the plastic. Water could appear and pool on the plastic surface. This is why the crawlspace must be inspected for water intrusions first. The liner does not prevent or block ground water penetration without the combination of a water management system.

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Some would think, “Well I’m not concerned with my crawlspace.” “I never go down there and my floors are sealed so I’m good.” Wrong. Most homes furnace’s are located in the crawlspace. If your crawlspace is harvesting stagnate water, soil gases and toxic mold, everytime your air condition unit comes on you breath in this toxic air. This toxic air can cause so many problems and health risks for you and your family. You can feel tired. You can become very sick or ill by these allergens you breath in. Even if your furnace isn’t located in the crawlspace as most homes are. This does not eliminate you from serious problems. Water is moisture which harvests mold. Mold can spawn on floor joists, dirt and areas of the crawlspace not touching soil or water. Stagnant water is absorbed by the air increasing humidity. Humidity is absorbed by the exposed wood in your homes structure creating the ideal breading grounds for mold. Mold will spore and spread through the air and on floor joists in the crawlspace. It will not stop unless it is treated. It will spread into walls and eventually into your living space. This is why it is very important to eliminate such problems before your home is at greater risk.

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A wet crawlspace can also rot wood casing saggy floors and foundation settlement. Cold air in the winter time can dry and crack soil and foundations. Most foundations are damaged in the wintertime and when it rains in the summer, is let in through the damaged areas.

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Sealing your crawlspace this winter will stop cold drafts and save you big money on energy costs. Wet Seal offers you a free no obligation home inspection. Take advantage of our Encapsulation offer this winter and save big bucks other companies try and fork out. We advise you get multiple estimates when it comes to hiring a contractor. This way you can see the difference in price and savings our company has to offer. We provide customers with an honest price and inspection from the beginning. Giving you the best rate and option that’s suitable for you and your needs is what Wet Seal is all about. Let us help you keep your family safe and healthy this winter. Call the experts Today!

 

 

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Some preventative tips that could keep your home dry this summer.

How can I protect my Georgia home before water  seepage becomes an issue?

The first step to keeping a dry basement is doing some preventative maintenance. First checking downspouts and making sure that any roof water run off is directed away from your homes foundation. Channel drains and catch basins are also a good tool for redirecting surface water, to areas of your landscape and relocating storm water. It is absolutely necessary to take precaution when it comes to surface water run off.

If your home already has downspout extensions, be sure they are water tested and checked regularly to prevent clogging or back ups. This also goes for catch basins and channel drains. Removing the tops and scoping out any trash and debris caught in the basin will also insure a long lasting system. Most catch basins come equipped with a one or two inch drop that is made to catch unwanted debris. It is the homeowners reasonability to keep these basins clean before clutter in the basin rise higher than underground pipe levels. If trash such as lawn clippings, leaves, mud, silt and other foreign objects collect in the pipe, this could easily cause a clogged pipe.

IMG_3837Next making sure that grade levels outside are lower than foundation walls inside. Most foundation walls are made of cement blocking known as cinder blocks or a solid poured wall foundation. If grade levels are higher than the wall, surface water can run right over the top of the wall and into lower levels of your homes basement or crawlspace. Some foundation walls are studded. These walls are usually placed at ground levels where the grade is right at walk in platforms. Studded walls are placed on top of basement slabs or ground level slabs. In these areas grades need to be sloped or pitched away from slab levels for the surface water to drain properly. Most homes have a concrete wall where soil is buried then a studded wall where the surface drops lower. Over time ground water will move soil down to lower levels of your homes structure. This will cause water tables to rise based on higher levels of soil. In these cases small retaining walls are a great way to hold soil levels in place and keeping surface water at its required level.

couponSwells, Interceptor drains, French drains or Curtain drains are also all great ways as well for rechanneling surface water outside, and away from your Georgia homes foundation. Keeping irrigation and lawn scape sprinkler heads away from your homes structure is also another great tip. Constant wetness of the soil can lead into unwanted saturation around any structure. If you have done all these steps and still have water penetration, then it is most likely not caused from surface water. This would be considered ground water penetration caused from hydrostatic pressure. In these cases you have done all you can do as a homeowner and an interior or exterior waterproofing system needs to be installed around your homes foundation. Exterior maintenance are great ways to keep water away from lower levels of your Georgia home but are just preventatives. For more serious cases an expert waterproofer will need to address more technical or challenging issues.

 

 

 

 

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The Benefits of an Interior System Vs An Exterior System in Atlanta Georgia

What Causes Water Seepage?

As we know Georgia is prone to extreme climate change. Constant weather changes can result in severe foundation damage over time. These damages can result in not only foundation settlement but also open water intrusions to your Atlanta homes foundation. Winter or cold weather is what normally causes the most foundation damage. Leaving cracks and voids in and underground soil and cement concrete walls. Summer rains use these cracks as channels and stream right into open cavity’s of your homes basement or crawlspace. Thus leaving you with a wet or flooded basement. So what can we do to fix this water seepage? First we must come up with a strategic waterproofing system that is right for you. This can either be an interior system or an exterior system.

How do you know which system is right for you?

Here at Wet Seal Waterproofing we install both interior and exterior systems. In Atlanta Georgia both systems work very well for keeping basements dry. Determining an exterior verses an interior system  depends on a few factors. Grade levels and obstructions like decks or AC units, trees, porches and retaining walls could be an issue that will prevent the installation of an exterior system. In a lot of cases the items are best not to be disturbed. However exterior systems are not recommended on cinder block wall foundations due to the cells being hollow. The ground water could potentially enter in a different location and travel inside the wall and bypass an exterior system completely. Exterior systems hold no warranty due to weathering, clogging with mud/silt, roots and etc. An ideal candidate for an exterior system is a structure with a poured wall foundation and little to know obstructions in the way. Interior systems are warranted for the entire life of the structure because the water is filtered by foundation walls and stay clear and clean of debris. With an interior system it is never clogged. This is why it is usually the best solution for your basement water intrusion. Also comparing price in most cases an exterior system usually cost the same or more depending on the depth of the digging/excavation. Installations are charged by material, time and cost of course but also the square/linear feet of the excavated depth and length. This does drive up price of higher depths especially for low level basements.

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  1. Outside grade levels are sloped leaving adequate fall for a discharge line.
  2. Preferably foundation walls should be a solid poured wall foundation.
  3. The work is clear of obstructions such as Ac units, porches, decks, sidewalks, driveways, trees, retaining walls, etc.
  4. Basements which are finished and wish to be undisturbed.
  5. Cost to install the system fall significantly lower or are more within reason compared to an interior system.
Why should I install an interior system?
1. All interior systems are backed with a lifetime transferable warranty.
2. Poured wall foundations are never clogged due to weather as an exterior system would.
3. Cement walls filter seepage which leaves the system self maintained.
4. The water table under your homes slab is lower for proper drainage.
5. Unfinished basements are an ideal candidate.  Cost to install the system fall lower compared to an exterior system.
Some would think well I’m going to choose this system over that one. It doesn’t quite work like that. Most systems are not chosen but are calculated and measured by factors and are determined by your homes foundation. Both systems are great but should be compared to determine the best solution for your Georgia home. Our skilled design expert will do all the work for you and determine which system is the best suitable for you.
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What is hydrostatic pressure, and how does it relate to my home in Marietta Georgia?

What is hydrostatic pressure?

What does it have to do with my water problems in my Marietta home?

Well here is your answer. Hydrostatic pressure is the force put forth by standing water as gravity forces it to constantly find its way down. Water will always find the lowest point, no matter what. In this case it just so happens that the lowest place is your crawlspace or basement.

10689533_355961434563292_1392223997361753408_nThere is always water flowing around your home here in Marietta, it’s an inescapable fact. Here in Georgia with all our wonderfully random weather, we tend to have more water than most. Water naturally flows around and under the foundation of your house, but every so often it works its way in. As the water hits the foundation of the house and begins to build in areas surrounding it, pressure builds. As it builds it begins to force itself through the wall and into your home. Water seeps through the porous concrete or any cracks and imperfections in the wall. When this happens to a basement or crawlspace, the only true solution is to waterproof it. When it comes to waterproofing your home in Marietta Georgia, there is no better company than Wet Seal Waterproofing!

Here at Wet Seal Waterproofing we are the experts on hydrostatic pressure in Georgia homes. With knowlegable workers, and the best customer service this side of the Mississippi, Wet Seal is the company to call. Hydrostatic pressure is a part of life and builds around most houses over time. As that time passes, water will work its way in. That’s when you call the experts. Once the water has made its’ way in, just call Wet Seal Waterproofing. We offer a lifetime transferable warranty on any interior work done on your Georgia home. Every home we touch comes with a warranty. We do this because we can guarantee that our system works. You may ask “but what if the system ever leaks?” , well thats easy. Just give us a call and we’ll come fix it for free. When it comes to taking care of the hydrostatic pressure in your Marietta home, there’s nobody better. Give us a call Today!

 

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A few signs you may have a foundation water problem

A lot of people mistake ground water leaks for plumbing leaks. Most people see water and immediately call a plumber. Once a plumber has diagnosed you don’t have a plumbing leak and you are hit with a service charge, your still stuck with the issue at hand. Water intrusions from the ground, wall, or slab are considered foundation leaks and must be handled or directed to a waterproofing specialist.
IMG_3275Water problems can arise in both finished and unfinished basements in and around metro Atlanta areas. In most  cases with unfinished basements the water intrusion is much more visible and more noticeable. You may see puddles of water on the floor or streams of water running down the wall. Some intrusions seep in through joints and cracks while others push their way through the pours concrete. This is known as hydrostatic pressure. Discoloration of cinderblocks is also a strong indication of trapped ground water within the walls. The white powdery subsistence that forms on concrete surfaces may appear. These are all strong indications that you may need to call a waterproofing specialist.
IMG_1637For finished basements it tends to get a little tricky. You may not see any water at all but have a musty or moldy smell. You could see mold growing on sheetrock, furniture and carpet. It could feel humid or damp within the living area. Insects and critters may begin to appear. Although finished portions may hide water seepage well, in other cases you could see water intrusions right away. Most commonly water will appear on carpet and water stains on baseboards. This is only the beginning stage of what water can do. Over time the water can do some serious damage to your home causing for a more expensive and unwanted problem.
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The most common area one would overlook is the crawlspace. Most homes in and around the metro Atlanta area come with a crawlspace. The area in which all your homes internal functions are hidden away. This being one of the lowest points of a homes structure, water loves to rest here. The crawlspace isn’t an area where most homeowners dwell or see on a regular bases. Water trapped in this space is very dangerous, not only for your home but four your wellbeing. One would say, its ok its all trapped in the area and wont effect me. Not true at all. Standing water can cause mold and soil gases to develop not only in the crawlspace but also in upper levels of you home ass well. In many cases your furnace is located in the crawlspace. The air that is recirculating through your home is carried from the furnace. This air is the harmful crawlspace air that has been consumed with hazardous toxins from standing ground water. Other complications instill rotting wood and spawning mold. This can lead to foundation settlement, saggy floors, buckling of hardwoods, damp carpet, cracked walls, separation of door jams, insects, health problems and so much more. Inspect your crawlspace regularly or call an expert who has the proper equipment and know how to make your home a safer place for you and your family.
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Do you have a cracked or bowed wall? We have the solution for your Atlanta home!

If you have a bowed foundation wall you may need reinforcement beams.
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Soldier Beams are used to stop bowing of foundation walls. This is due to the pressure of the soil against the home. The base of each beam is braced by the basement slab, while the top is braced by a firm attachment to the floor frame. You stabilize the basement wall by placing a beam vertically against the wall and spaced anywhere from 3 to 6 feet apart depending on wall length and beam size.
What Causes a bowed wall?
Drainage and runoff are factors as well, but reducing the pressure on the basement wall is most important. Atlanta homes can have hard dirt or clay which puts an enormous amount of pressure on the wall, also the mixture of the dirt and water doubles the weight on the homes foundation. Houses with leaning basement walls are often just in a bad spot, at the bottom of a hill or the end of a cul-de-sac, or their yard and driveway slope towards the house.

Even on a flat site, many of the problem homes have a negative grade funneling water toward the homes foundation, and a number of Atlanta homes do not have roof gutters. This causes dirt to create a positive grade and installing gutters with extended downspouts, will carry water between 7 and 10 feet away from your home. This alone will make a huge difference.

Another very common source is a heavy concrete stoop in the front of your house, that is settling down and pushing the soft clay backfill against your basement.
couponOnce your wall has been stabilized you may begin the work of waterproofing your basement if it needs it. Many basements will need exterior waterproofing or an interior drain and sump pump system. As long as the water problems have been dealt with, the basement space can be finished anyway the homeowner wants to once the beams are set. There’s no need to leave access to the beams, they can be painted or boxed in or buried. Or with our flawless finish, if you would like to leave them exposed you may.
A bowed wall is very serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly. What may only seem like a small crack in your Atlanta homes basement could result in a worse problem or even wall collapse and failure. If you see foundation cracks whether it be horizontal, vertical or stair stepping, give us a call. Don’t put it off any longer. Get your free in-home inspection today! 678-920-4675