“The basement was damp, dark and getting moldy. With a baby on the way, something had to be done.”
In 2014, Basement Waterproofing Specialists were profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer by writer Erin Averdlund. The article focused on basement waterproofing and foundation repair work we did for a young couple in South Philadelphia.
Mold and dampness (not to mention flooding and leaking) in your basement can spell huge health problems for you and your family. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote the article about one of our customers. They had a baby on the way and a very difficult basement water and mold problem.
Here is the article in its entirety…You’ll see how we helped these young home owners protect their house and their new baby…and how we can do the same for you:
Jon and Alexis Sherman are expecting their first baby and after heavy rains earlier this year, they had to hurry to waterproof and finish their basement in advance of the little one’s arrival.”We bought the house as our first home, and we didn’t want to overstretch ourselves,” said John Sherman, a film maker at two companies in Philadelphia.
Although much of the basement already been finished, there was dampness generally and the beginnings of mold. The sump pump was no longer doing its job during big storms, and water was creeping under the door of an unfinished crawl space into the rest of the basement, even under the washer and dryer.
The Shermans wanted to protect the value of their first house and maintain it structurally should they ever decide to sell. As it happened, John Sherman and the folks at Basement Waterproofing Specialists of Collegeville PA had met during a trade show, so the couple had someone to call immediately.The job had issues, said Sherman.
First, there is no access to their basement except through the house.
Second, Sherman said, “we had serious water stains on the drywall and mold which we were worried would hurt the baby.”
There was no structural damage to the house because of the mold, but a water heater in the basemen had to be moved and then reinstalled after the waterproofing was done.”That was one thing we didn’t anticipate,” Sherman recalled. “But ultimately, we wanted everything tied up in the house so when the baby came, we weren’t worried about it.”
The overall scope of the project was to waterproof the entire back part of the basement at the rear of the house, roughly 12 by 13 feet square, plus another six feet of crawl space.
The Shermans needed to encapsulate the crawl space, essentially converting it from a dungeon to a suitable space.Basement waterproofing involves retrofitting and rehabilitating the foundation, remediating mold, and addressing exterior drainage and outside basement entrances.
“In the Serman’s South Philadelphia home, BWS cut back sheet rock and installed a pressure-release system, a perforated PVC piping system of about 25-feet. Then they encased the crawl space – essentially a little basement that was installed under the house for access to run heating ducts, pipes, wires, joists, and beams.
Crawl spaces can leak, crack and grown mold and become virtual science projects. The proglem is that most homeowners never go into the crawl space and that problems get worse without periodic inspection.
It can also cause mold problems that can significantly reduce the price of a house at resale. We’ve had several major rainstorms since, and the basement is dry,” Jon Sherman said. “We haven’t had a drop of water.”
Philadelphia Area Basement Waterproofing
- We can help you with your water, structural and mold problems in the Philly area (including NJ and Delaware)
- Your water problem will be stopped at the source (we do not simply paint your interior walls with cheap waterproofing paint that will do more harm that good and is, at best, a very temporary stop-gap solution)
- You get a Free Estimate and In-House Financing is Available for You