Most homeowners in Somerville MA have encountered the frustrating problem of cracks in their basement walls and stubborn water leaks after a heavy rain. Sometimes they try to fix the crack themselves with a silicone based caulking, which usually doesn’t get the job done and if it does, it is only temporary. Unsatisfied with their temporary repair, they remove the caulking and attempt to chisel out the crack in an inverted “v-groove” and fill it with the hydraulic cement. Hydraulic cement does not bond well to concrete and is very rigid.
While the concrete expands and contracts with the change in temperature. Efflorescence (white calcium deposits) will start coming up around the rigid plug, followed by water. This is not a very effective way to waterproof your basement in Somerville MA. After a couple of months the cement plug will become loose and water will begin to seep in from around it.
If your basement has ever leaked or flooded, then you should consider a professionally installed quality basement waterproofing system. Without basement waterproofing, water problems are sure to become worse. If the proper attention and solution is not applied, water problems are sure to worsen. We provide other options as masonry contractors in Somerville MA including carrying out chimney repairs and restoration services for all types of masonry walling including tuckpointing.
Even if water leaks are uncommon, your Somerville home’s air quality can be impacted. If your plan is to finish your basement than having your basement waterproofed first is a must and usually a wise investment. Finishing your basement first could lead to costly repair bills in the future. Our waterproofing systems can be designed to meet the needs of any home or basement, regardless of age or size.