Water Vapor And Basement Foundation Walls

Believe it or not, all foundation walls allow water to enter through them, right into your basement! Impossible you say? Even if liquid water never enters your basement, WATER VAPOR certainly does. That’s right, water vapor…a gas. Northwest Montana basements are simply a hole in the ground. What’s in the ground? Water!

Concrete is actually fairly porous and certainly not water proof. Even with “waterproofing” on the exterior of your foundation wall, water vapor (if not liquid water) will eventually enter through the concrete, into your basement. A traditional unfinished basement is at very low risk of any type of major structural damage due to water intrusion. Bare concrete is structurally stable and not a good food source for mold. However, when owners remodel and finish exterior foundation walls, we put all finish materials at risk.  Many basements in Northwest Montana were designed or engineered to be used as occupied space.

Over time, minor amounts of water can enter through the foundation resulting in wet walls.  This moisture is almost undetectable but it can cause big problems if not corrected.

Contact David Brandt at 406-892-1717 or floodco@centurytel.net

Water Damaged Hardwood Floor Drying

Water damaged hardwood flooring can be indentified by cupping, warping, discoloration and flaking of the surface. Water damaged wood floors are one of the most difficult materials we dry. Besides being dense and coated with vapor barriers, they can also reach a “point of no return” if the water damage is not promptly addressed. In the water damage restoration industry, damaged wood flooring is one of the most challenging materials to dry. Floodco LLC has the experience, training and moisture testing instrumentation to inspect, evaluate and recommend the best restoration options for your wood flooring system.

Time is Not on Your Side
When it comes to water damage and wood flooring, time is definitley NOT on your side. Wood plank flooring can sustain permanent structural damage as well as mold growth between the finish floor and subfloor. Mitigation decisions should be made promptly. I urge people to do their best to prequalify the wood flooring “expert” that will help them determine what actions, if any, should be taken. This point can’t be stressed enough. You don’t want to needlessly tear out a perfectly good wood floor. However, the more floors I dry, the more careful I am to identify all the potential challenges. In the end, I want what is best for my client, even if that means I have to pass on a job.
Contact David Brandt at 406-892-1717 or floodco@centurytel.net