Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair in Morgantown, WV
Heavy rain and unstable soil in Morgantown contributes to wet basements and crawl spaces, shifting foundations, and damaged concrete. Restore your home’s safety, value, and appearance with reliable solutions only available from Basement Authority of West Virginia.
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Clarksburg Local Office
Basement Authority of West Virginia
1807 West Pike Street Ste C
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 7 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
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Basement Authority of West Virginia (BAWV), a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space, and concrete needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across West Virginia. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, BAWV is here to restore your foundation or basement.
Your foundation ultimately controls the health and safety of your home. Once this essential structure becomes damaged, your entire home is put at risk.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation WV
Crawl space repair and encapsulation is necessary in areas where the soil easily absorbs water. Once the water begins to spread through the soil, it makes it even more important to protect your West Virginia home against the elements.
Basement waterproofing can ensure your basement remains dry and free of water damage, keeping your basement and any belongings stored there safe.
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Since 2003, Basement Authority of West Virginia, a Groundworks Company, has been helping homeowners throughout West Virginia repair and protect their most valuable asset – their home. We are the local, trusted provider of reliable basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, foundation repair, and concrete lifting and leveling solutions. Everything we install is warranty-backed and tested and proven to provide long-lasting support.
To address each unique home with long-lasting, personalized, warrantied solutions, our professional team keeps you, the homeowner, in mind and produces high-quality results. You can depend on us to install everything the right way the first time, and we never back down from a job. By scheduling a free inspection and estimate, you can personally experience the excellence and rest easy knowing your home is permanently protected.
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Basement Waterproofing in Morgantown, WV
Morgantown’s wet weather and varied soils don’t do homes with basements any favors. With more than 70 inches of annual precipitation, the silt loam, clay, and sandy loam soils have a lot of water to contend with. This can cause hydrostatic pressure that cracks basement walls and allows water to leak inside. Along with obvious flooding, other problems you’ll notice in your basement include mold and mildew, efflorescence, wet walls and floors, leaking windows, condensation, and elevated humidity. Basement Authority of West Virginia can combat these issues with permanent basement waterproofing solutions such as interior drainage, sump pumps, wall vapor barriers, and dehumidifiers.
Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Morgantown, WV
If your Morgantown home was built on top of a crawl space, water and humidity also result in significant damage to this area and the rest of your house. Water from 43 inches of annual rain and runoff from 28 inches of snow, along with pests, humid summer air, and cold winter air infiltrate the crawl space through open vents. This sets the stage for various problems such as flooding, mold, wood rot, and musty odors. By waterproofing, dehumidifying, and encapsulating the space, it will be safe and dry, which translates to a healthier home. This is accomplished with drainage, sump pumps, thermal insulation, vapor barriers, vent covers, dehumidifiers, and support posts.
Foundation Repair in Morgantown, WV
Your Morgantown home relies on its foundation to remain stable. If the foundation is damaged, the rest of your home will suffer. You’ll know there is a problem when you see wall cracks, bowing basement walls, and uneven floors. These issues will develop because your foundation does not have a reliable base underneath. The varied silt loam, clay, and sandy loam soils can wash away or swell when wet, shrink when dry, and shift during invasive tree root movement. All these scenarios create unstable soil and leave the foundation without proper support. By bypassing problematic soil, our foundation repair solutions like pier systems, crawl space supports, carbon fiber wall reinforcements, and wall repair systems (wall anchors and wall beams) ensure permanent stability.
Concrete Lifting & Leveling in Morgantown, WV
Much like your foundation, the concrete structures on your property, from your driveway and sidewalk to outdoor steps, are also affected by the same forces – Morgantown’s weather and soil conditions. The soil can wash away and erode because of heavy rain, shrink during drought, and shift because of tree roots. This leaves gaps between the ground and the concrete, which leads to cracking, sinking, and unevenness. These are not only cosmetic issues that affect your property’s appearance, but they are dangerous tripping hazards as well. Our innovative concrete lifting and leveling solution works twofold to stabilize the concrete and underlying soil. Our polyurethane foam injections are the safest and most effective way to lift sinking concrete slabs and provide long-lasting results.
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About Waterproofing, Crawl Spaces & Foundation Repair in Morgantown, WV
Foundation deterioration can be caused by a variety of sources, but they always fall into one of three categories: pressure, lack of support, or faults. Despite the fact that each of these issues is unique, they nonetheless express themselves in similar ways. The most typical signs of foundation problems include spreading cracks, unevenness, dampness, sinking, and heaving. You may discover secondary issues such as wood rot or mold if the damage to your Clarksburg foundation has been there for some time. Because the symptoms are very consistent regardless of the cause, it is vital to get professional assistance in determining the exact cause and the right treatment.
A basic fault or shortcoming in the building or structure of your Clarksburg property’s foundation is the least likely but most significant underlying reason. Defects can develop as a result of bad design, such as architectural errors, or the use of inferior materials, such as improperly mixed concrete. In either situation, the damage could be difficult to repair, and foundation replacement, in part or in whole, would almost certainly be required. On the other hand, damage caused by pressure, or a lack of support can typically be repaired and avoided.
Only the ground can exert sufficient pressure to cause damage to a structure (and incidentally, issues with support tend to be soil-based as well). The most prevalent soil in West Virginia is Monongahela silt loam, however, it isn’t always kind to foundations. Unfortunately, with time, this type of soil settles, creating a gradual shift in the foundation as well as the production of fractures and structural weaknesses that allow water to access the foundation and cause substantial damage. This type of soil may begin to move if it is continually flooded or drenched. When this happens, the hydrostatic pressure around a house can rise significantly, increasing the likelihood of soil runoff. Both of these issues can lead to foundation deterioration, including fragmentation, sinking, cracking, and lateral displacement.
The freeze-thaw effect describes how water freezes and then thaws again into a liquid form. If you want to minimize structural damage, you must protect the concrete on your Clarksburg property from moisture exposure due to the freeze-thaw phenomenon. When water condenses into ice, it expands by around 9%. Despite appearances, growing ice has the ability to displace concrete particles. The concrete weakens structurally over time when there is any form of displacement.
The freeze-thaw cycle can cause small craters to grow inside and along the surface of the concrete. Concrete is porous to begin with, but moisture seeps through even more with each new micro-tear. As more water travels through the concrete, the freeze-thaw cycle displaces the soil beneath it. You’ll wind up with an uneven, structurally weak slab once the concrete sets. On a slab that has been exposed to moisture over the winter, cracking is unavoidable due to the decreased tensile strength of porous concrete.
The severity of the winter climate dictates how dangerous it is to be exposed to the freeze-thaw cycle. Because some slabs like in sidewalks aren’t considered “heavy-duty,” freeze-thaw has a considerably bigger impact on concrete with low psi. Because it keeps the snow off your concrete throughout the winter, covering it is a vital part of slab protection. This way, if your slab settles, you won’t have to replace it due to breakage that prevents repairs.
Water seeps through cracks in basement walls, usually formed when hydrostatic pressure pushes up against the foundation. For that reason, foundation solutions exist to repair basement walls and keep them supported. Additionally, some basement waterproofing solutions drain water out of your basement to prevent seeping water from causing damage. At Basement Authority, we use wall repair beams and carbon fiber reinforcements to realign your basement walls and close any cracks that may have formed. In conjunction with these repair tools, we also install floor drains and vapor barriers to keep water from leaking into your basement in the first place.
Mold needs two things to grow – relative humidity over 50 percent, and organic material to feed on. Unfortunately, your crawl space is prone to both of these conditions. Most crawl spaces are built with wooden support beams which serve as a food source for mold. Moreover, many crawl spaces are built with open vents and directly above dirt ground. Both of these contribute to rising humidity in your crawl space. Using crawl space encapsulation prevents mold build up by removing moisture from the equation. Vapor barriers, dehumidifiers, crawl space supports, vent covers, and crawl space drains all reduce water damage below your home. When mold has no moisture, it quickly dies.