One of Basement Authority of West Virginia’s most comprehensive waterproofing repair solutions is the interior drainage system. It will collect any moisture that seeps through the walls or floor of your Huntington home’s basement or crawl space and direct it away from your house. The pipes that make up this system are installed inside your basement or crawl space, as the name implies. The wall flange fitted along the wall and floor joints of your home will be the only portion of this system visible in the basement.
The sump pump, which is at the core of the system, receives the water collected by the interior drainage system. A float switch inside the sump pump will activate the pump whenever enough water has entered its basin. During strong rains, the pump will work to drain hundreds of gallons of water. We can also provide you with an optional backup battery to connect to this pump, ensuring that your pump will not run out of power even if your power goes out. The pump’s sophisticated alarm system will also sound when it activates and when the battery is getting low.
Unlike conventional drainage systems that can become clogged with mud, ice, or other debris, causing your basement or crawl space to flood again, our interior drainage systems are guaranteed to never become clogged. Quick installation means you’ll have a perfectly dry home in no time!
Waterproofing with an interior drainage system and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and a dehumidifier are all important components of the crawl space encapsulation process. Each remedy will address a different type of moisture problem that could occur in the crawl space. The sump pump and interior drainage system work together to keep major floods out of this area. Our professionals will then place a vapor barrier throughout the crawl space’s interior, covering the walls and floor. This barrier can help to keep additional moisture and mold or mildew spores out of the space while also making it more difficult for pests to get inside.
If there are any exposed vents in the crawl space, our professionals will conceal them with airtight vent covers. Creating open vents around the crawl space was originally thought to help circulate dry air and prevent moisture issues. Regrettably, the reverse was shown to be true. Floods, mold, mildew, and vermin will have easier access to your crawl space, requiring even more costly repairs from our professionals in the future. This is why it’s better to completely seal it off. These vent covers are composed of a durable plastic that won’t blow away in any weather.
We will, however, place a dehumidifier within the crawl space before permanently sealing it. Huntington can be very humid, which can harm your crawl space just as much as, if not more than, floods. If any humidity does manage to make its way inside, our dehumidifier can effortlessly filter it out. You may relax knowing that the air in your crawl space is clean and dry.
Your foundation could be robust, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be harmed by moisture over time. Moisture damage is, without a doubt, the most common type of damage that your foundation will face. All of this moisture can either soak into the soil around your home or completely wash it away, causing your foundation to shift or settle. Damage to your foundation can subsequently affect the rest of your home’s infrastructure, potentially necessitating even more costly repairs in the future. Before this happens, it’s always a good idea to contact the foundation specialists at Basement Authority of West Virginia.
Hydrostatic pressure is a typical type of moisture damage that affects the foundation. With all of the extra snowfall that affects your property in the winter and all of the rain that falls in the summer, the soil around your home will absorb more water than it can hold. This extra water weight can put a lot of pressure on your foundation, causing it to shift or crack. Huntington’s silt loam soil, which retains a lot of water, shifts, and expands, doesn’t help matters.
This soil, on the other hand, will eventually wash out with time. A phenomenon known as the clay bowl effect is to blame for this washout. It happens when contractors dig a massive hole in the ground to install critical components like your home’s foundation and a basement or crawl space. As a result, the soil becomes looser, making it more susceptible to washing out during storms or when the snow melts in the spring.
It’s always a good idea to do some research about the many repair alternatives that any given company may provide for your Huntington house. After all, you’ll want to know how these repairs are safeguarding your property, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each solution. Basement Authority of West Virginia may install pier systems beneath your foundation that seem remarkably similar to one another. They both perform the same repair function, but they are installed differently and are better suited to various conditions.
These galvanized steel piers will go all the way down to the deeper soil layers beneath your house. Because these strata are much more compact than the looser soil above, the piers will pass that strength on to your foundation. Each pier will be secured to the underside of your foundation with a hefty bracket, which will keep it stable for many years. These piers can also aid in the closure of any fractures that have developed along the surface of the concrete foundation.
The sole difference between helical and push piers is how they’re installed beneath your house. Spiral attachments run the length of the helical pier, making it easier for our professionals to hydraulically drill into the more compact layers of soil beneath your home. Push piers, on the other hand, are advanced into the ground by hand. Regardless of which pier system specialists recommend for your home, you can be confident that your foundation will remain absolutely stable from the earth around it for the foreseeable future.
While Huntington experiences a considerable amount of precipitation throughout the year, it may seem hard for this city to deal with drought. Even a location with abundance of water might have droughts from time to time, unfortunately. Seasons that are unusually dry can be devastating to a home that is accustomed to rain and snow.
Drought can have a variety of effects on your silty loam soil. The most noticeable effect is that it can dry up the soil. Silt loam has a proclivity for retaining water as well as settling and sinking. It is quite easy for this soil to dry out and shrink if there is no water flowing through it. This might leave gaps in the soil, preventing your foundation from receiving adequate support. The foundation may then shift, settle, or crack as a result of this. Other systems and structures in your home are likely to be affected as well. One such structure is your concrete. Indeed, foundation degradation tends to migrate to the concrete slabs around it, and vice versa.
When this dried-out soil begins to absorb moisture again, it can swell and expand at an alarming rate. As a result, your foundation may begin to fracture or even push up against your house. Drought can have a negative impact on your home’s overall health. Basement Authority of West Virginia’s foundation professionals can perform severe, drought-resistant repairs!
PolyRenewal™ injection foam from Basement Authority of West Virginia is one of the greatest concrete lifting options available. It can reinforce and stabilize the supporting soil beneath the concrete as well as target any cracks or holes in the concrete itself.
Although this foam is light, it should not be disregarded. Its small weight is, in fact, beneficial to your concrete. Other, more serious concrete lifting repairs include completely uprooting the concrete or, at the absolute least, clumsy or noisy installation procedures. The average weight per cubic foot of some of these alternative solutions is roughly 120 pounds. This can cause your concrete slabs to sink again over time. In comparison, our PolyRenewal™ injection foam weighs only four pounds per cubic foot. You’ll never have to be concerned about our remedy producing future settling or cracking difficulties!
You might be wondering if it will have any impact on your landscape or grass. You can rest assured that PolyRenewal™ is created from environmentally friendly ingredients. It won’t leach any toxic chemicals into your soil, and it won’t wash away in a storm. Its purpose is to lift and support your concrete slabs while also stabilizing the soil to prevent future moisture problems. You might also like how quickly this foam cures. Other concrete lifting methods may take days or weeks to cure, which is inconvenient for busy families. Our PolyRenewal™ Injection foam cures in about 15 minutes!