Homes situated on the hills all across Los Angeles County are often built into the grade. As a result, these structures suffer from water intrusion in the basement, garage, or any other section of the home that is surrounded by soil.
In such circumstances, waterproofing the area, along with installing a proper drainage system, is vitally important. Subterranean waterproofing involves materials and techniques applied to keep water from entering the basement of a structure. This simple measure goes a long way in preventing water damage and helps protect your foundation and the structural integrity of your home. We, at Alpha Structural, specialize in subterranean waterproofing and can take care of all your basement waterproofing needs.
Be it due to poor drainage, leaky pipes, flooding, or soil issues, the basement and foundation of a building are most susceptible to wetness and moisture development. Water in the soil exerts hydrostatic pressure to the walls and the floors of the basement which forces water through cracks and fractures.
This can not only cause the cracks to widen, but also cause other major structural damages. Excessive moisture in the basement can not only damage your foundation but also create uncomfortable living circumstances within the house. It can cause flare-ups in those who suffer from asthma or allergies. In trace amounts, excess moisture in the basement can be taken care of using a good dehumidifier. However, when the moisture entering your basement gets out of control, the only way to prevent its destructive effects is to take proactive steps to waterproof the basement.
While there are many products that claim to waterproof, it is important to contact a waterproofing specialist who is familiar with subterranean waterproofing.
The only true way subterranean waterproofing is done is with the exterior walls. Excavation of the dirt surrounding the rooms or structure will need to be done and a compound or membrane will be applied to the walls. Drainage will then be installed and the dirt put back in place. If this is not done by an experienced professional, sections could be missed and water will still find its way through the cracks in the defense.
The adverse effects of excess moisture in your basement are countless. The moisture evaporates from the basement upwards into the rest of the house causing dust mites, mildew, and mold. The structural damage it causes includes cracks in basement walls, spalling, rust-colored stains on basement walls or floors, wood rot on floor joists and other exposed wood, sagging floors, and worst of all, collapsed basement ceilings. Water damage can, therefore, wreak havoc on your property. All these issues can be avoided if you hire a licensed waterproofing specialist for subterranean waterproofing. Alpha Structural, with its extensive experience in this field, can provide the solutions you need.
Alpha Structural, in addition to having been in business for over 25 years, has upwards of 850 years of combined technical experience. Our in-house engineers and technicians are among the most experienced in Los Angeles and all of Southern California. If you would like to know more about subterranean waterproofing for your home, call, or email today to schedule a consultation.
Subterranean waterproofing is an integral part of home maintenance. Regardless of whether or not you notice symptoms of water damage in your basement, it’s astute to get it waterproofed by a licensed contractor. Water damage can spiral out of control and should not be taken lightly or neglected.
The approximate cost of subterranean waterproofing depends on the method that is being used. If you are interested in learning more, email or call Alpha Structural to set up an inspection and get an estimate.
A foundation is more than just the bottom floor of your property. It is the base that supports everything you work so hard to protect. At Alpha Structural, Inc., we treat each project with that level of responsibility and respect. That’s why families and businesses across Los Angeles choose us to protect the structures that protect them. If you want your foundation built to the Alpha Standard, contact us today to schedule an inspection.