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Basement Waterproofing in West Chester Pa. Serving Philadelphia area for over 25 yrs.
Basement Waterproofing in West Chester Pa. Serving Philadelphia area for over 25 yrs.

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Flooring Options For Frequently Wet Basements

If you are one of the unfortunate homeowners whose basement has flooded in the past, and you must consider some new flooring for your basement. Wooden floors and (heaven forbid) paneled walls, have no chance of surviving the wet conditions for long.

There is nothing worse than looking at warped, rotted floor boards. We here at Morgan Basement Waterproofing want to help you with your flooring replacement options.

Contrary to what most people think about carpet tiles, they can be a help with keeping the moisture from the flooring at bay. Any synthetic is a great choice when it comes to replacing that rotten wooden flooring. They can also help with the ever present humidity that is found in most basements.

Another viable option is vinyl flooring.
Vinyl is inexpensive when compared to carpet and other flooring options. When these are installed according to manufacturers recommendations, they can last for years and will definitely help in keeping your floor dry. 

If you have a concrete floor in your basement. Then you will have to install some type of insulation between either one of the Flooring option from above. Using a material like Polystyrene and Plywood as the insulation, you can fasten it down with concrete fasteners and then apply the floor covering of your choice on top of it. 

Now of course you still have the option of getting a dry basement with the Professionals at Morgan Basement Waterproofing. These guys have been waterproofing basement for over 35 years and get finally give you the dry basement that you have always wanted. Call them today at (877) 401-4777 or contact them by email at

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Top Five Reasons to Waterproof Your Basement
1. A wet basement will allow the growth of black toxic mold  and mildew and those can harm you and your family.
2. Ruins any wallpaper, drywall, and carpet and more in your finished basement. 
3. It destroys any personal properties that you have stored down in your basement.
4. Major electrical hazards can develop if your basement becomes overly damp or flooded. This will expose your wiring and electrical outlets to dampness, and that can lead to a fire.
5. And if you have a consistently wet basement or crawl space, your homes wooden floor boards may rot due to all of the dampness. 

Let our professional inspectors at Morgan Basement Waterproofing help you find out if you need to waterproof your basement or crawl spaces. Call us today at (877) 401-4777 to schedule a Free Inspection or Estimate. 

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How Dampness and Flooding Materialize.

Just how does the water you find in your basement make its way there? This goes for your home as well as most U.S. homes, water has a way of finding it's way through your concrete foundation.

This happens mainly because concrete is a porous material and although it is sturdy and strong. It's biggest drawback when it comes to moisture is that it becomes even more porous when it comes in contact with water. 

Soil also doesn't help the cause because the water in the soil seeps into the concrete and adds to the moisture content, which increases the porosity of the concrete over time. Concrete expands and therefore becomes even more porous during long rainy periods.

Although the concrete itself does not "store" much water itself, the surrounding soil does. And since the water is usually contained beneath the surface it usually will not be noticed by the homeowner.

And over time this build-up of water usually leads to that damp musty smell that you get in your  basement when it rains alot. Most of the time this is because your foundation was not sealed against water intrusions. 

New homes will not have that musky smell yet, but water has a memory and will find its way to those same areas over and over. This is what leads to water intrusions in the first place, the water finally wins the corrosion battle and leaks begin. 

The chemicals that are found in the water that is "sitting" around your homes concrete foundation will also contribute to the breakdown of the materials that surround your home. Whether it's metal, concrete, or cement, those chemicals can breakdown the materials and that will help lead to a water intrusion.

When you see the cracks in your homes foundation and wonder how they got there. You will soon find out from the Waterproofing Expert that inspects your home will tell you it's from the water itself that caused them, not the sheer force or pressure from the water that did the damage. So this is why it is best to have a waterproofing membrane or some type of waterproofing sealant placed around your foundation when the house is being built. 

If your home has already been built, then your next best option is to have it sealed by a qualified Waterproofing Contractor. Although more expensive to do it from the outside, it is a much better way of not letting the water in you home in the first place. When you do an interior basement waterproofing method. You are either trying to prevent the water from coming in, or you are diverting it once it has made it way into your home. 

If you would like to add value to your home by finally getting a clean and dry basement. Think about how much more you home could be worth with a finished basement! Call the Experts at Morgan Basement Waterproofing and get a FREE Estimate or Inspection. (610) 696-0100 or Toll Free (877) 401-4777

Drainage Systems #3
Baseboard Drainage
The baseboard drainage system has been around for 40 plus years and has been considered to be the cheapest and most effective ways to make and keep your basement dry. 

It is a very simple drainage system that is created by adding "weep holes" to the floor of your basement that allows the water to be collected after a heavy water intrusion. Then as the water is collected it is funneled to the baseboard drains, then the water is sent to some type of pumping system or a drain in the floor to be pumped out, or allowed to seep into the ground.

The Baseboard Drainage System is thought to be a permanent interior waterproofing system, but if your basement is subject to excessive flooding on a regular basis. Then you may have to consider adding some waterproofing membranes to help further seal your basement from dampness and flooding.

 Because the baseboard drainage system focuses on getting water off of the basement flooring. The waterproofing sealants can help with damp walls and floors.

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Basement Waterproofing Explained: The Basics You Need to Know

You receive guests in your living room, you sleep in your bedroom, cook in your kitchen, enjoy your meals in your dining area, and do your toilet routines in your bathroom. You exert effort to keep these areas well-maintained because you use them often. And you have to share common areas when house guests are around too. 

But how about the basement? This area in your home tends to get neglected, perhaps because it is not used as often as other rooms, and is out of sight most of the time. But, if you want to maximize the potential of transforming the space into a utility or living area, then you have to start making a move to maintain it. 

One of the most important steps in keeping your basement in good condition is by waterproofing. Read on and learn more about basement waterproofing basics. 

What is Basement Waterproofing?

It sounds like a complex home task, but it is by definition, simply referring to a method of preventing water from seeping into your basement. 

Whenever a house is built on ground level, with a room below-ground, waterproofing becomes a must. The elevation of the water table in the area, allows hydrostatic pressure to be exerted on lower-level rooms like basements. This is what causes the water to seep into cracks and wall joints. 

What are the different waterproofing methods?

There are three ways to make sure your basement is waterproof:

The first one is through interior wall and floor sealers. One of the most basic ways to start with waterproofing the walls, is by using paint that prevents water from infiltrating it. However, this only keeps the moisture away for a short time, and you still have to reinforce your basement waterproofing with more permanent measures. They also work best with concrete walls. Using epoxy or urethane sealants on pipes will do a more efficient job of ensuring that there is no water seepage in your interior walls. 

Floors also require waterproofing. Linoleum flooring is less likely to be damaged by water, but other materials like wood and tiles must be reinforced to avoid water seepage. For wooden floors, try the combination of poly-urea and polyurethane as sealant. 

You can also have interior water drainage installed in your basement. This method lets you remove the water from your home's floor and foundations, and in turn avoiding leaks in your basement. Once it goes through the French drains, water is directed to a sump pump system. A sump pump basically acts as your means of channeling the unwanted water away from your basement to another location where it will no longer cause you moisture problems. This place can be a dry well, or a municipal drain. 

Another basement waterproofing option you can use, is setting up exterior drainage as well as applying waterproofing coatings. Strengthening your exterior waterproofing is essential to ensuring that your interior efforts to keep the basement moisture-free are not rendered worthless. 

You can initially try a method called parging, which basically means putting a mixture of masonry cement, lime, and other waterproofing materials on exterior walls. This however, is a temporary measure. Creating a reinforced drainage system around your home's foundation is important as well. Fortify excavations by placing tiled footings. 

Try one or a combination of these methods to make sure that your basement is free from leakage or other water infiltration. Do not wait for the first signs of moisture, waterproof your basement as early as possible. 

Bill Bowman
Morgan Basement Waterproofing Company

Drainage Systems #2
Drain Tiles are one of the oldest ways of basement waterproofing. By using PVC pipes that are installed to channel the water away. The benefit to using Drain Tiles is that they are easily installed. But their downfall is that they cannot handle large amounts of water. Homeowners have found that they still get "puddling" when their homes take on lots of water at one time. 

Drain tiles need additional help with the removal of water in your basement. We do not recommend using drain tiles as part of a new waterproofing system. Mainly because they require the need to use some additional type of drainage system to work well. 

New drainage system installations will almost always be made up of the more efficient types of waterproofing systems. Such as French Drains, Sump Pumps, Waterproofing Membranes, and more. 
If your basement or crawl space has been driving you crazy, then let Morgan Basement Waterproofing help you solve it. Call us at 610.696.0100 or email us at

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Top Three Reasons Why Waterproofing Your Home is a Must

In life, an individual can have a number of major milestones, and one of the most memorable ones will include your first home. It is a place that you have invested your money, time, and efforts on. And just like any good investment, it deserves your attention and protection. 

Unfortunately, when one's home is new, people tend to become lax and lose sight of the bigger picture. One that involves waterproofing, repairs, storms, leaks, and the likes, all of which are real concerns you will encounter more than once in the course of living in your house. 

Not yet convinced on why you should consider waterproofing measures for your big investment? Here are some of the primary reasons why you should at least consider it: 

1. Waterproofing your home strengthens your home's foundation. - Your home's foundation is one, if not the most, important basic element of its structure. The durability and quality of this component is essential, and one of the best ways to protect it from unnecessary moisture is through waterproofing. Although most foundations are made of concrete, the latter has a porous surface which can potentially absorb water, weakening the structure. Some builders add rubber components, while others choose Bentonite to strengthen it. 

2. Waterproofing lets you enjoy your home for longer. - Water leaking into your home is never a good occurrence. It can start with minor drips, but the trickles can turn into major waterworks when left unattended. And all these can easily destroy your home's walls, floors, and eventually get to your furniture. Waterproofing can help you avert the possible damage to your precious investment. Like the popular adage says, prevention is better than cure - and yes, it is definitely better than spending thousands on house repairs. 

3. Waterproofing adds value to your home. - And just like any investment, your aim is to give it further value. Whether you plan to keep it in the family, or perhaps sell it or rent it out in the near future, waterproofing is one of the ideal ways to upgrade your home, as it is not just an aesthetic addition, but also a form of long-term protection. Make it a point to consult professionals if you want to make sure that waterproofing measures are done accurately, and appropriately for the various areas of your residence.

Taking care of your home is more than just about styling or cleaning it, home maintenance requires a lot more - and that should always include preventive efforts like waterproofing. It may seem like a huge project to tackle at first, but it is definitely worth spending your time, and money on. Considering the amount of headaches and possible repair expenses it is going to save you from, you'll find just how essential it is. 

You can opt to try DIY waterproofing techniques for some areas of your home. But if you are not sure you are up to the task, or would want to ensure that everything is done efficiently, then do hire waterproofing professionals. You can ask for referrals from friends or family, or check your community billboard for local experts in the field. 

Morgan Basement Waterproofing has been keeping basements dry for over 30 years. Call Us Today to schedule a FREE Estimate (877) 401-4777
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