Safety precautions have always been the name of the game when it comes to every part of the construction process. However, these days, companies also have to think about how to protect their customers and staff from COVID-19.
The risk of infection has made many people uncertain as to when the condition of a property makes it worth the chance of infection to undertake work. Many authorities, including those in Minneapolis, MN, recommend that you restrict construction work to what is necessary.
When is Basement Waterproofing Necessary?
Broadly speaking, work that’s necessary is work that addresses issues that are time-sensitive, likely to grow, and issues that present danger to your health and well-being. As such, damage that affects the structure of your home or that makes the environment in your basement unhygienic should be considered a priority for necessary repairs.
Foundation repair is one task that is always classed as necessary because it is both time-sensitive and potentially damaging to your health and well-being. Foundation problems are uniquely capable of harming every part of the structure of your home, from the walls all the way to the roof.
Bowing walls are a serious, structural problem that can be caused by excessive hydrostatic pressure as well as other underlying issues with your foundation. However, they can also cause issues like dampness and sagging floors. As such, you should seek professional repairs as quickly as possible.
Consistent, prolonged, or severe dampness and humidity can be caused by a number of issues, including bowing walls and foundation damage. This is why dampness should be a priority for investigation, but it is the issues that dampness and humidity can cause that make basement waterproofing a necessity.
From mold and mildew to wood rot and musty odors, water in your basement in any form requires investigation at the very least. This is why basement specialists have invested time and energy into making sure we can protect our customers and clients during this process.
What Waterproofing Looks Like in the Face of COVD-19
While COVID-19 has changed a lot for most people, there are some things that remain the same. Every process, be it repairs, waterproofing, or both, starts with a thorough inspection of your property. Once you have had an inspection, you will be given a tailored solution as well as an estimate, and you will be able to schedule a date for the work to start. What has changed, however, is how these steps are undertaken.
While a firm handshake is one of the most fundamental parts of sealing a deal, professionals in all fields are currently foregoing this custom. This is a protective measure that has been undertaken as a reaction to the ways in which COVID-19 spreads through contact.
Professionals will also maintain social distancing (and will ask you to do the same) in order to account for the potential for airborne infections. By keeping a distance of at least six feet from the team working on your home, you will not only make it easy for them to get on with the job at hand without distraction but will protect you and the team.
Masks and Gloves
Protective clothing has always been a part of structural repairs and construction work. As such, the addition of protective clothing has been a small step designed to prevent illness, as well as injury. You are likely to notice the team wearing gloves or even masks if the space they are working in is tight. They will also sanitize surfaces they touch.
At Innovative Basement Authority, we ask that our customers respect and uphold protective measures like social distancing to protect our team as well as themselves. We would also ask that you call us to report any COVID-19 symptoms you may have. This will ensure that we can protect our staff and other customers by promptly rescheduling your appointment.
Of course, the repair team is also monitored for symptoms to ensure that you will not come into contact with someone who could put you at risk. With these simple measures, waterproofing and basement repair are perfectly possible right now. Reach out for a free quote and see what we can do.