If you live in Michigan, you may familiar with the term “Michigan” basement. If not, let StayDry fill you in and, afterward, we’ll come in and properly waterproof said basement. A Michigan basement is used to refer to a crawl space that has been excavated to the size of a basement. Typically done in the 1920s, many families increased the size of their crawl space to house extra belongings.
While they provide greater storage area than a small crawl space, Michigan basements are often more susceptible to flooding and water damage. The reason for this is Michigan basements are often unfinished, with exposed dirt and makeshift side walls throughout. Without side walls, it’s easier for water to enter the basement. However, these makeshift sidewalls still don’t provide enough support to keep groundwater from making its way inside. Simply put, Michigan basements aren’t safe and they leave your home prone to the damaging effects of flooding.
Safety and Health Hazards
If your home has a Michigan basement, you’ll want to consider proper waterproofing to protect it from the potential damage water can cause. Michigan or not, basements are always susceptible to flooding, as they are often below ground and near the water table level. When a basement accumulates water, the structural integrity of your home is at risk, in addition to your health.
As a homeowner, you should be familiar with the many problems that can arise in the event of a flood. When water enters your home, everything inside becomes vulnerable, even if the problem starts in the basement. Moisture from flooded basements can reach other areas of your home, causing mold to grow and furniture to split and warp. Mold puts your health in jeopardy, affecting your respiratory tract, sinuses, and even skin. Belongings like furniture and electronics can be severely damaged, especially when they’re stored in the flooded basement.
More importantly, the surrounding structure of your basement may be compromised by flooding. As water makes its way into the basement, any drywall and foundation nearby can absorb the water and lead to damaging effects. When either is saturated with water, they become weak and can begin to disintegrate. Your best option, when it comes to Michigan basements, is to have them properly sealed and waterproofed.
Waterproof your Michigan Basement
To keep your Michigan basement dry and protected from floods, consider having StayDry Waterproofing help. We have experienced professionals with the knowledge and skill sets to keep your basement free of water. Waterproofing may be crucial in preserving your home and everything inside. Take a look at our basement waterproofing services below:
- Interior French Drain System – Used for nearly 150 years, French drains work to remove water and direct it away from your home. Backed by a lifetime warranty, our French drains will keep your home dry!
- Exterior Basement Waterproofing System – Possibly the most efficient way to waterproof your home, exterior basement systems keep water from entering your home. They are the ideal solution for more substantial issues and are backed by our 10-year warranty.
- Polyurethane Crack Injection – When foundation walls inevitably crack, StayDry is here to fix them. While other companies cut corners, we use a high-pressure injection system to effectively and fully fill cracks to keep your walls sturdy and protected.
If you need us to seal up your Michigan basement, or any of our services, contact StayDry today by clicking here or giving us a call at 800.782.9379