The most common issues in basements and crawlspaces have to do with water. Excess groundwater or surface water may seep through the foundation or through cracks in the foundation to cause major issues in the basement or crawlspace of your home. One issue that water can cause in your basement is water stains. The stains may be the result of water leaking through foundation cracks, through wall cracks, or through gaps and spaces in between the basement walls and ceiling or around windows. If you see water stains on the walls or floor of your basement, call a professional from Atlas Piers today.
Water stains are a sign that there is a serious moisture issue in your basement. These stains indicate that water is seeping through the concrete or through a crack and into your basement. This may be the result of a shifting or settling foundation from increased hydrostatic pressure, shifting soil, erosion, or soil shrinkage.
Although water stains may seem like a mostly cosmetic issue, they can actually be much more serious. If water seepage is causing stains to form on the concrete walls and floor in your basement, it means that these surfaces have been in prolonged contact with water. This can weaken the concrete of your foundation, leading to foundation crumbling, cracking, and failure. Because the presence of water stains usually means that there is too much moisture in your basement, other issues, such as mold and mildew growth, high humidity, and water pooling or flooding may also be present. It is important to examine your basement regularly for the following symptoms of a moisture issue:
- Water pooling or flooding
- Water stains
- High humidity
- Wood rot
- Metal rust
- Condensation on pipes
- Wall cracks
- Musty odors
- Mold or Mildew growth
- Wet or damp insulation
Water Stain Solutions in Atlanta, GA
In order to prevent water stains, moisture must be sealed out of the basement. This can be done by installing a vapor barrier. Vapor barrier installation, also known as encapsulation, is a process by which the interior surface of the basement or crawlspace are covered with a water resistant material, such as plastic or foil sheeting. This seals out water to prevent water seepage and the formation of water stains.
Foundation cracks and wall cracks in the basement should also be sealed to prevent water seepage that can lead to water stains. For foundation cracks, underpinning methods with helical piers and steel push piers can be used. These piers install deep underground to provide support and lift for settling foundation, closing any foundation cracks that may have formed due to the settlement. Wall cracks can be sealed and secured with carbon fiber repair services and by installing helical tiebacks to pull the wall back into place. These are just a few of the foundation repair methods that we offer to prevent water stains in your Atlanta home.
If you are in need of repair options to take care of the water stains in your home, contact the repair experts at Atlas Piers of Atlanta immediately.