Identify Water & Moisture Problems in Your Basement

Sometimes, it can be easy to identify water leaks or other moisture issues in your basement but other times, it’s not so obvious. Use these tips to identify moisture in your basement and prevent any further damage by addressing it now.

  1. Strange Odors- If there is an odor in your basement that you can’t seem to identify, it could be hidden water damage. If it is from water damage, the smell will likely be musty. Take a look around your basement for the possible problem area and if you’re unable to find it, call a professional for assistance.
  2. Peeling Paint- If the paint on one part of your wall is peeling, this can be a sign of water damage beneath the paint. Loose water inside wall spaces can cause serious damage and should be repaired immediately.
  3. Mold Growth- Visual signs of mold or other bacteria growth are a clear sign of a moisture issue in your basement. When mold spores combine with water, they become visible and form the mold we often see. If you see anything mold-like growing in your basement, seek professional help immediately to have it safely removed from your home.
  4. Sagging Walls- If you notice a wall is a different shape than it used to be, this is likely due to water damage. Drywall becomes heavy when wet and will often be visible from the wall’s exterior. Keep an eye on your walls and if you see any changes in shape, contact a professional for help.

 

If you see any signs of water problems in your basement, you should address them immediately to prevent any further damage. Avoid any water problems in the future by waterproofing your basement with a lifetime warranty. Contact B-Dry Systems today for a free estimate on your basement!

Ways to Keep Your Basement Dry on Rainy Days

Regardless of the age and design of your home, your basement is often at risk of exposure to water and moisture. This can cause property damage amounting to significant repair costs. Take the following steps to make sure your basement remains safe and dry on the rainy days to come.

 

Install or Replace Gutters

If your home is without an effective gutter system to collect rainwater, some water will surely end up in your basement. Make sure that your home is efficiently collecting rain water and steering the water a sufficient distance from your home, far from your basement.

 

Don’t Dry Your Clothing in the Basement

If your washing machine is in the basement, it can be tempting to take clothes out and hang them to dry right there but you should take the time to bring them upstairs. Bringing any wetness or dampness into your basement will add to the humidity and moisture which is capable of causing significant issues for your home.

 

Properly Ventilate Appliances

If your washing machine, dryer, or other appliances are ventilated within your basement, you will almost surely create a moisture issue for yourself in your basement. For this reason, make sure these appliances vent outdoors, releasing their moisture outside your home. It is also imperative to ensure these machines are leak-free.

 

At B-dry Systems (located in Billerica, MA) offers comprehensive Basement Waterproofing services and guarantee to handle all aspects of ensuring your basement is safe from moisture and water damage. View our Lifetime Warranty Page for more information on how we’ll ensure this system lasts as long as your home does and contact us today for a free estimate on your basement!

What You Need To Consider Before Buying a Sump Pump

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Does your basement need a new sump pump? There are some essentials you need to know before purchasing a sump pump based on your home and your needs. Follow our guide for steps to take before you purchase a new basement sump pump to ensure you’re making the most of your investment!

What Type Do You Need?

Most sump pump are one of two types; pedestal or submersible. Many people purchase pedestal pumps because they are less expensive but if you are going to be using it frequently, it is best to invest a little more money in a submersible pump. With a submersible pump, the engine will not overheat as easily and will run for long periods of time. If this is your first, it can be more difficult to know which to choose but if this is a replacement sump pump, use your experience with your last pump to influence this decision. Continue using a brand or model if it worked well for you.

Where Will You Be Placing the Pump?

Placement is important to consider when purchasing a pump, not only for the particular pump you choose, but also for other equipment you might need. If you will be able to keep a close eye on the pump, you may not need a pump alarm but if not, this is a necessity. If your basement does not have an outlet close by, you should purchase a new extension cord or consider installing an outlet closer to the pump to avoid electrical issues. You may also need to purchase the pipe and fitting that you will need to connect your pump to. Make sure you look into the setup before purchasing a new pump to avoid multiple trips to the store!

Is This the Most Effective Way to Keep My Basement Dry?

If you are constantly having flooding issues in your basement and you can’t keep up with the maintenance of a sump pump, it may be time to consider waterproofing your basement and stopping your basement’s water issues permanently. The professionals at B-Dry Systems in Billerica, MA provide services both to assist with sump pump replacements and repairs as well as our award-winning basement waterproofing system. Contact us today for a free estimate on your basement project!

3 Essential Tips for Finishing Your Basement

Finishing your basement is an exciting project for any homeowner but it is important not to get caught up in the excitement and forget the essentials! Follow our steps below to ensure you get the basement you’ve been dreaming of while keeping it safe and in the best shape possible!

 

Have a vision

If you can’t immediately describe your vision for your finished basement, try to remember the reason you wanted to finish your basement in the first place. The answer to this question is going to be different for each homeowner but it is essential to move forward with this vision in mind and plan accordingly. If you do so, you will avoid issues in the future!

 

Hold Off on Buying Furniture

Picking out furniture is often many people’s first action after deciding to finish their basement because it is one of the more exciting aspects of the project but it is best to hold off for now! It is safer to wait until plumbing and electrical work are complete so you can avoid possible spacing or design issues.

 

Waterproof Your Basement!

This step is absolutely necessary to ensure your new basement is protected from water damage and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. After investing significant time and money into finishing your basement, the last thing you would want is for water damage to ruin your new space and put your project back to square one. Furthermore, B-dry Systems highly recommends investing in a basement waterproofing that has a lifetime warranty to ensure your basement is protected for life.

 

Contact B-dry Systems today for more information on our award-winning system or to schedule a free estimate!

Best Pick Reports Award

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We are happy to announce we have been chosen by Best Pick Reports as a Best Pick for our industry! This is our fifth year as an award winner. We would like to thank our beloved customers who have taken the time to review us,  as we would not have received this award without the gracious actions of our past customers.

We are pleased with this announcement, as it reassures all of us at B-dry Systems that our customers are satisfied with our attentive work and our customer service! We are confident in our basement waterproofing system after years of perfecting it but receiving awards such as this one give us great pleasure because we know that our customers also believe in it!

If you’re in need of waterproofing your basement, contact us today by filling out a form or by calling us at (978) 262-1405 for a free estimate! Read more about our waterproofing system here!

How To Reduce Condensation In Your Basement

Taking the right precautions to prevent and treat condensation in your basement will save you a significant amount of money in the long run, as water can cause serious, long-term damage to both your home and your health. Follow these tips for the best ways to reduce, prevent, and treat condensation in your home to ensure a safe and clean home for you and your family.

 

Check Your Appliances

Many families take advantage of the extra space in their basements by putting large appliances there such as a washer and dryer in this space. If you have a large appliance like this in your basement, it is imperative that it is properly ventilated or you could be exposing your basement to significant moisture. Check your washer and dryer’s ventilation system to ensure the moisture is being properly handled and not absorbed elsewhere.

Heating

If your basement is completely cut off from your home’s heating system, you could be putting yourself at risk for built-up moisture in your basement. Because there are factors that you cannot completely control, this is a quick fix that could prevent moisture damage that may be hard to solve otherwise. Keeping your basement at an appropriate temperature will also prevent pipe issues in the winter which could also cause leaks or flooding in your basement.

Basement Ventilation

Ensuring your basement is properly ventilated is essential to a safe and healthy basement. If there is nowhere for moisture to escape, it will surely remain in your basement and cause damage to your property. There are countless ventilation systems to choose from but the key is to identify the biggest issue, if any, and choose the system that best addresses the problem area.

Prevent Moisture Completely Today

If you are having basement moisture issues or would like to protect your basement with a waterproofing lifetime warranty, contact B-dry Systems today for an estimate on your basement!

Five Basement Remodeling Ideas

Are you looking to finish your basement and make use of the space? See our list of basement remodeling options to help decide what you should do with your basement!

Guest Room
If you have guests often enough, it is well-worth giving them their own space in your newly finished basement. Giving guests a whole floor to themselves will not only make them more comfortable but will limit the compromised space in the main floor of your home.

Home Gym
Do you find yourself unmotivated to go to the gym? Making your own gym in your basement could be just the push you need to work out more often. From privacy to convenience, the benefits of an in-house gym are endless.

Play Area
Creating a kid-friendly space where everything is safe and fun will give your kids a reliable place to play while keeping your main floor quiet and clean.

Game Room
Think games just for kids? Think again! Making your basement into a game room will please everyone in your home as well as house guests. The possibilities are endless; pool table, ping pong, foosball, arcade video games, and plenty more!

Office
If you work from home, remodeling your basement into a home office is surely something to consider. With plenty of room for a large desk, bookshelves and file cabinets, your basement is the perfect space for working from home.

Before you can create one of these lovely basements, you must take the proper precautions to ensure your basement is finished properly, including waterproofing. B-dry System offers waterproofing services across the North Shore, Greater Boston & Metro West MA with lifetime warranties. Contact us today with any questions or for a free estimate!

Learn to Detect and Treat Mold Growing in Your Home Basement

A common way to tell if you have moisture problems in your basement, is the growth of mold on the walls and floors. In small quantities mold is harmless, but poses more of a threat as it grows. Some mold can cause allergic reactions while others can be fatal.

When mold is first spotted, it should be treated right away. If left alone it will grow and spread, potentially to other parts of the home. Inspect your basement paying close attention to areas with material such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, & carpet padding. Remember to bring a flashlight with you!

If mold is found do not touch it and do not breathe in heavily near it. If you do come into contact with it, wash your hands and clothes immediately. Mold is easily spotted by sight so you should not need to touch it.

Basement mold can be identified by its color, and ranges from light grey to black. It can also contain tinges of green, blue, or brown. If the mold is closer to black, then it is either the Stachybotrys or Cladosporium variety. Mold that is more grey, is either Aspergillus or Fusarium molds. These are good indicators of the type of mold at hand, but one can only be certain with professional help. Smaller patches of mold can be cleaned up by the homeowner, while larger patches should be left to the experts.

If mold is prevalent in your basement, consider waterproofing your basement to decrease the likelihood of future occurrences.

5 Steps to Take When Flood Damage Devastates Your Basement

No matter how prepared you are, accidents will still happen. Mother nature is an unpredictable and powerful force that can cause ruin quickly. If you have fallen victim to basement flooding, here are five steps you need to know to clean up a flooded basement!

Turn Off the Power
This part may be best left to a professional. If you are sure there is not a loose electrical current running through the water, make your way over to the fuse box and shut the power down.
If you are not sure, do not hesitate to call in an electrician to get the job done safely. Chances are you’ll need to call them anyways to assess any damage to your home’s electrical system.

Take Inventory
Only after turning the power off. It is also recommended to do this before calling in the insurance adjuster. Take a detailed inventory of every item that is damaged including the carpet and walls. Be sure to take plenty of photos. Get any items out of the water that you can salvage!

Call Insurance Company
Although you may be panicking, you’ll need to call the insurance company. Explain to them what just happened and what the extent of damage is. You want to be sure the necessary repairs get done. If possible, call an insurance adjuster to come and detail your coverage options.

Sump Pump
If you have a sump pump installed be sure to listen and verify that it has turned on. If it doesn’t turn on or you don’t have one installed, it’s time to call in a professional emergency restoration company!

Begin Cleanup
For smaller amounts of flood damage, you may be able to do the cleanup by yourself or with the help of a couple friends. Larger amounts of flood damage should be taken care of by a professional company that can dry and store your belongings while your basement is being repaired.

7 Signs That It’s Time to Replace or Repair Your Sump Pump

Although the US Department of Housing and Development estimates that the life expectancy of a sump pump is around ten years, they can still break before their time is up, especially if you live in an area with heavy rains or excessive snowmelt. Taking action the first sign of a bad pump could help save you thousands in flood damage. If you start noticing any of the following signs, it might be time to call in the professionals.

Excessive Vibrations
A device called an impeller draws the water into the sump pump. Occasionally debris will be sucked in along with water, damaging the impeller. When the impeller becomes damaged, it will cause the whole pump to vibrate. Repairing the impeller is difficult so it is best to replace the pump.

Rust
The rust you see forming could be coming from the battery terminals or from bacteria that feeds off the iron in the water. As it builds up, it will cause a disturbance in the flow of water.

Power Outages
Many times the sump pump is wired to the home’s electrical system. There are components on the sump pump that are vulnerable to damage during power surges. When this occurs the pump will have to be replaced. A different source of power should be considered if you experience power surges often.

Awful Noises
Typically this is a sign of a damaged or broken part and should be inspected by a professional.

Unusual Cycling
If you find that your sump pump is frequently cycling on and off, it could be due to an incorrectly adjusted switch, or bad wiring.

Running for Long Periods
Chances are that your sump pump does not have enough power for the job at hand. Either there is too much water for the pump or the layout of the pipe is too intricate to get all that water through. In this case, it would be time for an upgrade. It could also be due to faulty wiring or a bad switch.

Motor Issues
A motor that keeps getting stuck means that there is excessive sediment being sucked in. Before it breaks have a filter installed to keep the sediment out. It will have to be cleaned periodically.

For assistance with sump pump issues, call the experts at B-Dry of Boston at (978) 262-1405 or visit our website!