Why You Should Always Hire a Licensed Contractor for Home Waterproofing Jobs...

Even if you are a superstar when it comes to DIY home repairs, there are some home maintenance projects that really require a specialist and special equipment.  Some of these projects include Crawl Space Encapsulation and Basement Waterproofing.  Charlotte NC has a very humid climate, which means that the crawl spaces and basements of the houses in Charlotte are very vulnerable to the growth of mold, which is a major hazard to health and safety.  Especially if you are used to completing home maintenance projects within a small budget by doing most of the repairs yourself, you might be tempted to hire an unlicensed contractor to do the job, because it might be less expensive.  This is not a good idea, though; you should always hire a licensed contractor for home repairs, even when it costs a bit more. The Physically and Financially Safe Choice Dry Otter Waterproofing is a fully licensed and insured company.  This means that all of our technicians regular take exams to prove their knowledge of the most up to date equipment and regulations regarding waterproofing for basements and crawl spaces and can be held legally accountable for the quality of their work and honesty of their business dealings. Conversely, if they hire unlicensed workers to do Basement Waterproofing, Charlotte NC homeowners can find themselves in quite a pickle.  If the workers do a bad job, not only will you have to have someone else fix it, but the chances are very high that your homeowners’ insurance will not pay for the repairs.  Most homeowners’ insurance policies stipulate that repairs must be done by licensed contractors. You Can Count on Dry Otter Schedule your free in-home inspection today!  Dry Otter will give you recommendations for your in home solution.  FREE...

How a Residential Foundation Contractor in Washington DC Combats Waterproofing on Two Fronts...

A few methods can be used for waterproofing a basement. Importantly, any residential foundation contractor in Washington DC will likely use a combination of multiple strategies, especially if the proofing is to be extensive and go beyond covering up a few cracks. It will require an attack from multiple angles. These processes include variations on two basic proof tasks. Sealing the Surface The first is the sealing of cracks with sealant materials. These actions, and the materials used, are considered surface treatments. They block water from coming into the basement itself. But, sealant does not solve the issues lying behind the walls. Drainage and Sump Pumps: An Attack From Within This is where the second main strategy comes in, and that is often in the form of drain installation. Sump pumps can be added behind the walls to allocate any water that does make it in. A Residential Foundation Contractor in Washington DC may encourage the addition of new drains to allocate water elsewhere. A sump pump may have a dispenser or storage container that can hold water, eventually releasing it outside when the proper systems are in place. All in all, the sealant keeps it in. The sump pump gets it out. Waterproofing on just the surface ends does not solve the underlying vulnerability. What happens if the water comes in through the basement? It could be stopped by the sealant materials added to the surface of walls, but it will not be stopped for long. The water will eventually seep within. Worldwide Waterproofing and Foundation Repair Comparatively, a solution that only works on the interior is not a solution at all. Customers will find the sump pump working overtime to keep out every drop. In the meantime, the wall is exposed to...

Addressing a Wet Basement with Professional Basement Waterproofing in Westford, MA...

Homeowners that have leaky basements or basements that experience high levels of humidity often find themselves frustrated for being in this situation. However, it’s important to understand that a basement space that needs waterproofing isn’t all that unusual. In fact, it’s something that most homeowners that have basements inside of their home will have to deal with at one point or another. Sometimes, the moisture incursion can be more significant than others, but in any situation, it shouldn’t take a homeowner by surprise and it can be rectified with professional basement waterproofing in Westford MA. The methods by which a professional waterproofing company will handle moisture incursion into a basement will largely depend on the type of moisture problem that the basement is experiencing. For example, if a basement is experiencing high levels of humidity, this may not be as disastrous as water freely flowing into a basement, but it can present a number of problems. This sort of humidity can make the basement a very uncomfortable place to be. In addition, if the basement is finished out, many of the finishing material, such as carpeting, drywall and insulation, can be damaged because of high humidity. It can also be an excellent breeding ground for dangerous mold and mildew. Correcting the situation, which typically means helping remove moisture from the soil surrounding the basement walls, is the best way to get a high humidity problem in the basement taken care of. For situations where water is pouring into the basement, it can be because of large cracks in the basement floor and walls. In these situations, filling these cracks or reinforcing the structural integrity of basement walls may be required. In some cases, waterproofing the interior and the exterior of basement walls may be...

Understanding the Different Types of Crawl Space Vapor Barriers in Charlotte NC...

A quality and well-installed crawl space vapor barrier in Charlotte, NC will not only protect your home from moisture, but also enhance its durability, longevity, and value. Understanding the different types of vapor barriers in the market will help you to choose the right one. Here is an overview of the different types of crawl space barriers in the market.   Reinforced Polyethylene Vapor Barriers As the name suggest, this is vapor barrier that is reinforced with quality polyethylene plastic film. One of the key reasons why Dry Otter Waterproofing prefers to use this type of barrier is because it is durable and offers clients value for money.   Unreinforced Polyethylene Vapor Barriers This crawl space encapsulation product is also referred to as a visqueen. The main difference between this one and the latter is that it does not have any polyethylene plastic material reinforcement. In addition, it is less durable as it is prone to tearing and, therefore, not ideal for homes or premises that require a high moisture protection level.   Plasticized Aluminum Liners The modern homes that have sealed crawl space are usually fortified using plasticized aluminum liners. They are made by combining open cell form, a plastic film, and a thin coat of woven liner. Surprisingly, the thin outer layers compromise its durability and performance especially in high moisture environments. Clearly, each of the above products has its own pros and cons. It is important to understand all the facts and contract a professional installer to get the best results. Avoid spending money on a low quality Crawl Space Vapor Barrier in Charlotte, NC by contacting Dryotterwaterproofing.com. Over the years, we have mastered the art of providing high quality services that are unmatched in the market. We also maintain high...

Prevent Water Penetration With Basement Waterproofing in Boston MA...

Water damage repairs are the most expensive and complicated kinds of repairs a home might need. A small amount of moisture in just the wrong area in a home can cause serious damage. Moisture trapped in electrical receptacles could be a fire hazard that puts everyone in the home in danger. If water penetrates the floors, walls, or ceiling of the home mold and mildew can develop quickly, causing health issues for everyone in the family. Mold and mildew are especially harmful to infants or elderly family members. In many homes, the basement is the most common area for water to penetrate and start causing problems. Any home that has a basement should contact a local service provider for basement waterproofing in Boston MA. Waterproofing isn’t very expensive and it could prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage. Basement Waterproofing in Boston MA starts with an evaluation of the structure. Minor cracks and gaps can often be sealed and covered with the right treatment to prevent leaks. Major issues such as foundation slipping or major flaws in the structure will need to be addressed before the basement can be waterproofed. If there are no major issues the treatment should only take an afternoon to complete. In some cases, the interior of the home isn’t the issue. Outdoor drainage that doesn’t draw the water away from the home could be causing the water to build up in areas that force moisture through the basement materials. Homeowners who have noticed moisture build up in their home should call a service provider right away. most service providers are happy to provide an evaluation of the basement and a free estimate for the work. The cost of the project will vary depending on the root cause of the...

Your Crawl Space Needs a Vapor Barrier...

Many homes are built with crawl spaces underneath. These spaces offer some advantages, but they also may be vulnerable to insects or rodents, and are especially prone to problems with moisture and humidity. Rainwater from storms may pour into the crawl space, or moisture may evaporate from damp soil, leading to problems with wood rot or mold growth. Here are a few of the ways a crawl space vapor barrier in Concord, NC may help protect your home.   Humidity Regulation Probably the main way a vapor barrier will benefit your home is through its ability to regulate humidity. An overly damp crawl space may damage your home’s structure or contribute to health problems through mold growth. A vapor barrier may help prevent those outcomes by improving crawl space drainage. It is best not to attempt vapor barrier installation on your own. An improperly installed barrier may make things worse rather than better. Contact contractors such as Dry Otter Waterproofing for expert crawl space repair. A professional will know exactly the right approach for your home’s unique situation.   Pest Resistance You want every part of your home, including the crawl space, to be as inhospitable to pests as possible. Installing a vapor barrier may help make your crawl space a less friendly environment for household pests such as rodents and insects.   Dust Much of the time, you will need to worry about high moisture levels in your crawl space. At times, however, the soil beneath your home may become dry and dusty, and that dust may find its way into your home through cracks and vents. A vapor barrier serves to cover the dirt, potentially lowering the likelihood of dust filtering into your house.   Vapor Barriers and You Have you decided...

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