The summer of 2018 is turning out to be a wet one for the East Coast, including the Virginia area. Flood warnings and torrential downpours have worn out their welcome, ruining a lot of outdoor plans. Even if your property wasn’t flooded, high rain levels can damage your structure’s foundation.
Although it may be too late to protect your property from the past storms, it’s never too late to be ready for the next one. You should make sure your property is waterproofed and ready for downpours and flooding.
You don’t want to do your waterproofing project yourself or leave it to a fly-by-night operation. Waterproofing is a serious business and if it isn’t done right, you could lose your belongings and possibly your home or business. Make sure that you hire a reputable company with the tools and expertise to make sure that your basement or crawl space is protected from Mother Nature’s watery wrath. They should offer free, no-obligation inspections and estimates, so you know what you are dealing with before the project starts.
A waterlogged basement can ruin furniture, carpeting, and any other belongings you may have there. In addition, water can ruin electrical devices, wiring, and wood structures. Excess water also promotes pest infestations and mold growth, both of which can damage your home or business and negatively impact your health. In addition, flood water can be contaminated with disease, chemicals, and other contaminants. Waterproofing your home or business can keep your structure clean, dry, and safe for years to come.
When looking at a waterproofing company, make sure that they are experienced and reliable. A company like Atlas Masters Companies has been in business for years and use tools and equipment from Earth Contact Products, the leading manufacturer in the industry. They have been serving the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads area with the best waterproofing services in the area for decades.
There are several ways to tackle a waterproofing problem. A reputable waterproofing contractor will inspect your property and let you know the best way to keep your home or business safe and dry.
Interior waterproofing is easy to maintain for the property owner and will help move water out of your interior and away from your building. Interior waterproofing usually consists of a perforated drain pipe that is connected to a sump pump system. The water drains to the sump pit and the pump sends it out of the basement and away from your home or business.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
If you have a crawl space, another option is encapsulation. The vapor barrier that a professional waterproofer uses is thicker than the vinyl sheeting you can get at a DIY store. The encapsulation will protect the crawl space from moisture, radon, mold, and pest infestations. By encapsulating your crawl space, you will have a clean storage area that will protect your structure, make a healthier environment, and also lower your energy costs.
You can buy a sump pump at most hardware or DIY stores, but they are probably not going to do the job you need them to do. An expert will be able to determine the size of pump that you need to keep the basement area dry. Atlas Master Companies strongly suggests that you invest in a battery backup system. The battery backup pump will kick in if the power goes out or your main pump fails for any reason. Since most downpours are during thunderstorms, the chances of your power going out when you need it most are pretty high. A little proactive know will save you a lot of headaches, time, and money later.
Crack Injection Repair
Sometimes the only reason you have water in your basement is that you have some cracks in the foundation. These cracks aren’t anything that makes your home or business structurally unsound, but they can let water in. An epoxy crack injection can fill in the crack in the concrete, making the cracks even stronger than the concrete wall. The epoxy injection can fill even the smallest crack, keeping your basement dry.
If you are having a lot of problems with water in your home or business, exterior waterproofing may be the right solution for your property. Exterior waterproofing stops water from collecting around the foundation, keeping it from entering the structure. An exterior waterproofing system will protect your basement from mold growth, structural damage, property damage, and pest infestations.
Make sure that your Virginia property is safe and dry with professional waterproofing solutions. Don’t allow water to ruin your belongings, damage your health, or destroy your building. Make sure to contact a professional waterproofing company like Atlas Master Companies. Let us show you for free how to protect your property from flooding, damp and humid areas, and other water issues in Virginia.
Atlas Master Companies recommends SMART VENT flood vents for their customers, especially those located in a floodplain. The SMART VENT is literally smart! The door on the vent is latched until flood waters enter. If the vent senses flood water, it lifts the internal floats. By doing this, the vent unlatches and opens the door. This will allow water and debris to escape. This will equalize the pressure on either side of the wall, effectively protecting your foundation and home.
Flood vents are different than an air vent. Air vents can clog with debris and have not been tested in the case of flooding. You don’t want to be stuck with just air vent if you live in a floodplain. You really need SMART VENT to ensure you are protected. The SMART VENT is certified by the Inter-Code Council and is also FEMA and NFIP compliant. In fact, SMART VENT is the only FEMA-Accepted and ICC-ES Certified flood vent available in the marketplace today. Don’t accept any substitute, have only the best flood vents installed in your home or business by the best installers in the area, AMC911.
What is the advantage of SMART VENT over other flood vents? You won’t find more advanced protection for your home from flooding anywhere else. Since SMART VENT means fewer holes in your home or business, you can keep your home looking beautiful while you provide the best possible protection from flooding. They can help with flood insurance premiums as well, so if you install SMART VENT, check with your NFIP Flood Insurance Agent. Another great thing about SMART VENT is that they are made in the USA! There are several different models available in a variety of sizes and configurations. We can install in any commercial or residential scenario. We have sizes ranging from 16-in. x 8-in. and 14.5-in. x 8.5-in, both of which are certified to cover 200 square feet per vent. There is a 16-in. x 16-in. to cover 400 square feet per vent, and 32-in. x 16-in. certified to cover 800 square feet per configuration. There are even some custom options available so call us for more information.
SMART VENT is only installed by qualified installers. In Virginia, that means Atlas Master Companies. We are trained and qualified to install SMART VENT flood vents in your residential or commercial property. To learn more about the benefits of SMART VENT and our flood vent services, please don’t hesitate to call Atlas Master Companies today.
Flood vents or foundation and crawl space vents can prevent some pretty ugly things from happening to your crawl space or foundation. Moisture in your crawl space or around your foundation can mean rot, mold, mildew, spores, insects, termites, or even rodents. If you have a crawl space, there is a good chance that the moisture in your home is entering through that crawl space. It can make your house smell musty, and might even be bad to breathe. Flood vents allow fresh air to circulate through your home. It also exhausts that musty air outside and away from your home.
Atlas Master Companies can help you assess your residential or commercial property to see how flood vent solutions can help benefit your home. You can help protect your crawl space and foundation from excessive moisture, heat, and flooding with the high-quality venting products from AMC911. We make sure that our flood and foundation vents meet all local ventilation code requirements. Save yourself from a lot of potential damage, and promote a healthy foundation with flood vents from Atlas Master Companies. We have many options, and flood vents can help with the overall health of your foundation or crawl space. For more information please don’t hesitate to call the flood vent experts in Virginia, Atlas Master Companies.
Are you wondering how to fix a leaky basement wall? If you have water leaking into your basement through cracks in your foundation, it’s important to get those cracks sealed up and repaired before the damage gets worse. Water intrusion will only make your foundation cracks larger over time, and can cause major damage to the structure of your home.
An unstable foundation can eventually form cracks that are big enough to allow water to seep through. Some foundation cracks are harmless and just happen over time as your home settles. These are usually small, vertical cracks and can be sealed with an epoxy or other type of injection. However, if you have larger, horizontal cracks in your foundation or basement walls, these indicate serious structural issues and cannot be solved by any type of sealant. These types of cracks need to be addressed by a structural engineer, and a more permanent solution needs to be put in place.
If your Virginia home is suffering from basement leaks, Atlas Master Companies offers ECP Epoxy and Polyurethane Injection Resins to permanently seal cracks and prevent water from entering your home. These systems are designed to fill cracks in your foundation before they start to widen and expand.
Epoxy injections can be used to mend concrete cracks and restore the structural integrity of the wall or slab. Polyurethane foam injections work great for larger cracks or voids around pipe penetrations.
Epoxy injections restore the integrity of the foundation by sealing cracks as small as .005″. One important feature of the ECP polyurethane resins is the flexibility which allows it to move with the wall as the soil expands and contracts.
Some of the major benefits you will experience from crack injection repair include:
Our crack injection repairs are durable, commercial grade products that are reliable and economical. It hardens in seconds after the application process to keep the seal intact. For all of your waterproofing needs, contact AMC911 today. We provide free estimates for all of your crack injection repairs in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, and surrounding areas. We’ll keep water from entering your basement. Call us today to get started with your free estimate.