Stop air and moisture infiltration at the rim joist (ban joist), the space between your home and basement walls, of your home. Stopping air infiltration is the best defense against energy loss. Your home lets in cold air during the winter and warm air in the summer, resulting in higher energy bills.
Stuffing fiberglass insulation between floor joists is a common method of insulating the rim joist in many homes. Fiberglass insulation has gaps and voids when installed, allowing air to infiltrate. Because fiberglass insulation doesn’t fit snugly, it is air permeable. Rim joists (Ban Joist) expand and contract with the change of seasons allowing air to enter and exit at will. Rim Joist spray insulation is a closed cell application which fills in the whole space without any gaps or voids. Unlike fiberglass insulation, which is only a thermal barrier, the spray foam insulation creates both an air and vapor barrier at the rim-joist. Creating an air barrier at the rim joist becomes vitally important because moist air can create condensation. Moist air can filter through fiberglass creating condensation at the rim-joist, which can eventually lead to mold and mildew problems.
Spray insulation sticks to the rim joist eliminating the condensing surface. Improper insulation at the rim joist can result in high energy bills, air quality issues, and moisture damage. The spray insulation is highly adhesive, so it sticks and stays in place as it expands to fill gaps. Once cured, the spray insulation provides an effective air seal as well as insulation. Because the spray insulation doesn’t allow air to move through it (which diminishes R-value) it always performs at its full rated R-value.
Waters Basement Services, Inc. offers a solution for stopping air infiltration with Rim Joist Spray Insulation.
Vertical and Horizontal cracks are common in both newly constructed and older homes.
Vertical Wall Cracks
Vertical wall cracks are commonly found around windows, service pipes, corners, and in long spans of open foundation walls. While vertical wall cracks do not often lead to structural issues, they commonly leak water. If not repaired, over time more water enters and the crack can become larger. Water and moisture cause mold and mildew to grow on organic materials. Materials like drywall, boxes, cloth and most other common building materials have some organic composition and are vulnerable to mold, mildew, dust mites, and rot. Additionally, be wary of absorbent basement wall materials that can absorb moisture as they can also hold water.
Waters Basement Services, Inc. provides a guaranteed solution to leaking wall cracks with an innovative Polyurethane wall crack repair. We seal the crack with a special flexible sealant on the surface of the crack from top to bottom. This bead of sealant will slow and, in many cases, stop the flow of water through the crack. Waters Basement Services, Inc. then sticks the strip of wicking drain strip material to the sealant, and tucks it into the drainage created at the floor. An overcoat of special sealant is applied over the wicking strip, overlapping onto the concrete wall at least 2” on each side. The wicking strip is covered completely, creating a sealed patch from the top of the crack to the bottom. The wicking strip is a bond breaker between the top coat of sealant and the wall. It serves to wick away any water that gets past the first bead of sealant down into the drainage below. The Polyurethane Wall Crack Repair System will not crack, leak and can flex.
Horizontal wall cracks can be the most serious of cracks. Typically, foundations are stressed when pressure (hydrostatic, expansive soil or lateral earth movement) is exerted on the outside of the foundation, causing wall(s) to crack and separate beyond their tensile capacity. This means that a bowing effect has begun, usually due to hydrostatic pressure against the wall. Bowing wall(s) occur most often due to the force of hydrostatic (water) pressure. Hydrostatic pressure occurs by (negative pitch) soil slopes toward your home causing water to press against the basement walls, causing the weight against the walls to exceed their capacity. Walls can also bow and fail when expansive clays or frost cause expansion of the soils to fatigue and damage the wall. During the winter months the ground freezes, and the expanding water in the soil will press the soil against basement walls. In the spring and summer months, soil will lose water and shrink. This freezing and thawing causes inward and outward movement on basement walls. If you can fit a dime into the horizontal crack in the wall, get a professional opinion from Waters Basement Services, Inc. If not stopped, or properly reinforced, foundations could eventually collapse.
When The Reinforcer is applied to the foundation, it counteracts further outside pressure on the wall, taking the tension force to tensile load that the concrete or mortar joint cannot. For every increase in pressure, The Reinforcer supplies an equal and opposite resistant force making the wall stronger, helping to eliminate shifting, expanding, cracking or bowing. The Reinforcer is a patented state-of-the-art system developed by professional engineers. A combination of space-age polymers and carbon fibers have been processed into a material that is virtually impossible to stretch. Less than 1/16” thick, it is a perfect material to use on basement foundation walls to resist outside pressure.
Having mold in a basement can cause a lot of different health problems from asthma to respiratory problems. Mold is also a very common allergy and can cause severe reactions. Eliminating basement moisture prevents mold from growing, and in order to solve a mold problem it’s important to find the source.
At Waters Basement Services, our first step in a basement assessment is to determine the source of the water or moisture that caused the mold growth to begin. Porous building materials are the largest holders of microbial contamination and typically the repository for water intrusion. If products have any organic materials, then this environment will become a reasonable environment for mold, mildew, dust mites, and rot.
Materials like paint, drywall, boxes, cloth and most other common building materials have some organic composition and are vulnerable to these types of damage. Many people think they can just paint over moldy surfaces. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel. Additionally, be wary of absorbent basement wall materials like insulation that can absorb moisture and hold water. The key to solving a mold problem is stopping the source of water or moisture.
We spray Anabec, a mold inhibitor, to remove the food source that causes mold. Waters Basement Services uses Anabec – the right solution to mold removal, cleaning, and prevention. Anabec cleaning solution is formulated to provide a surfactant that removes the organic debris from the materials being treated. Anabec removes the food source and is designed to treat both porous and non-porous surfaces. Anabec recovers and protects building materials. Waters Basement Services sprays Anabec on effective areas to remove the food source and protect building materials.
The key to solving mold issues is complete removal and then prevention of future moisture problems. Give us a call today if you’re having mold issues in your basement and we’ll come take care of it! E-mail us now or call us at (585) 765-3369.
The future owner of Waters Basement Services? Our grandson Austin kept asking Bob (Papa) to take him to work in basements. Papa took him this past week. Check out 5-year-old Austin jack-hammering. He defiantly is going to be a waterproofer..