The current climate is challenging for everyone, not least for those in the construction and property repair industries. The issues that have arisen as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have left many homeowners wondering if it is still possible or wise to call in basement waterproofing repair professionals for necessary repairs or protective work. The answer, of course, is that you can and should when your home is in immediate need of those services.
When Does a Property Need Basement Waterproofing or Repair
The definition of necessity can vary depending on who you talk to, but it can be quite simply summed up. If there is serious structural damage or your home is in a state that poses a threat to its structure or your health, repair or waterproofing work is necessary. The issues that are most likely to be classified as dangerous to your home and health are:
Damage to your property’s foundation can be recognized by the presence of leaning or tilted floors, sunken concrete slabs, persistent and widening cracks, and consistent dampness in a property. Foundation damage is incredibly serious and can escalate very quickly. If you suspect there may be underlying damage to your foundation, you should contact a professional as soon as possible.
If you find that walls in your basement or home as a whole are starting to lean or bow, you should call a professional immediately. These are signs that the wall in question is damaged or there could be deeper structural issues. Bowing walls will also become more severe over time, potentially causing other problems, or even collapsing as they do so.
If there are no visible signs of damage to the structure of your home, but you have noticed there is general dampness or water in your basement without explanation or obvious cause, you should call a professional. Dampness can be an isolated issue, but it can also be a sign of underlying problems like foundation damage or cracked walls.
These issues can also be co-occurring, which will require a tailored solution, something only a professional in Columbia, SC, can offer.
How to Waterproof Your Basement in a COVID-19-Safe Manner
Once you have had a full inspection of your property undertaken and you have received a tailored suggestion for repairs, there are a few things you can do to help the repair or waterproofing team undertake their work safely. Of course, professional services, like those offered by Mount Valley Foundation Services, will also take precautions to ensure your safety.
The steps we take to protect our customers include:
- PPE for our staff
- No physical contact
- Social distancing when on the job
- Pre-appointment checks for COVID symptoms
These measures will help us to keep you and your family, as well as our staff, safe during the repair and waterproofing process. We ask that you also undertake the following steps, where possible, to aid us in keeping you safe.
Clear Personal Belongings Before Your Appointment
If you have a lot of personal belongings in or around the area where work is to take place, we would ask that you remove any that are of importance to you before your appointment. Our team will be happy to move heavy furniture, but if there are valuable items or items of sentimental importance you would prefer moved, we would ask that you do this beforehand. This will not only de-clutter the space and ensure easy access, but will also give you peace of mind.
Maintain Social Distancing
While we understand that you are concerned about the state of your property and wish to know how the work is progressing, we would ask that you maintain social distancing while our team is in your home. This will help the team to work quickly, without interruption, but will also protect you, your family, and the repair team.
Inform Us of Symptoms
If you start to develop symptoms of COVID-19 as your appointment approaches, please let us know. We understand that you want to see the repair work complete, but we feel that your health and the health of our staff are important. We will reschedule your appointment for the closest safe date if you have to call us for this reason.