Sump pump systems are extremely long-lasting and sturdy pieces of equipment. They are, however, not impervious to failure and will need to be replaced at some point. So, if your Parkersburg home’s sump pump is draining slowly, your home is flooding frequently, or your sump pump is producing a lot of noise, it’s possible that it’s just failing due to age, or that it’s completely broken. There are, however, other options.
The most significant possible source of these problems is a sump pump failure, although it is also the least common. It is unlikely that your sump pump system will break down without notice unless there has been a period of extreme weather that has truly put it to the test. Blockages, obstructions, and other transitory issues are more likely to be the source of your delayed drainage and flooding. These difficulties could also be to blame for an increase or decrease in the amount of noise your sump pump makes.
Submersible pumps are particularly susceptible to debris, and can become clogged with sediment, hard debris, or even suffer entanglement damage to their floating switch. Each of these difficulties can result in the pit failing to drain or a lack of water drainage efficiency, but they’re also reasonably simple to rectify with the help of an expert specialist. Finally, damage to the wires that connect it to its power supply can result in total failure. A professional is the best person to determine whether your sump pump is completely broken or only needs to be repaired. Before contacting an expert, you can run some basic checks for debris and power outages.
For decades, engineers have experimented with blending various materials with cement and pumping the mixture beneath the slab in an attempt to perfect the concrete lifting process. Regardless of the benefits and cons of these various mixes, the final result is usually the same: a temporary cure for a sinking slab that can sometimes exacerbate the problem. Fortunately, we live in an era where we have access to the expertise and materials required to provide long-term solutions for concrete lifting and stabilization. That solution is PolyRenewal™, our polyurethane foam injection technology for permanently restoring sinking slabs. It’s a cutting-edge concrete lifting technique that delivers not just in terms of outcomes but also in terms of ease of use.
PolyRenewal™ is intriguing because it does not have the drawbacks that make mudjacking so difficult. The cement slurry erodes over time as the particles are displaced by water and develop ice during mudjacking. Water can pass through the fractures caused by the displacement and into the earth, producing settling down the line. We use impermeable polyurethane foam, which will not decay or allow moisture to penetrate and saturate the soil. For decades, the same amount of polyurethane foam injected beneath the slab will remain in place.
Polyurethane foam is a lightweight material as well. Mudjacking only serves to displace the soil further due to the rough and heavy nature of cement. Closed-cell polyurethane foam is dense enough to support big weights without harming the ground beneath it. PolyRenewal™ is the superior concrete lifting option because it provides a slab basis that will not shift or wash away, unlike dirt and cement.
The crawl space is one of the most important parts of any Parkersburg home. Its main purpose is to protect your home’s vital systems, such as electrical wiring, plumbing, insulation, HVAC, floor support beams, and the foundation. All of these systems are essential for your home’s efficient and seamless running. These systems will not function properly if they are wet or damaged, let alone if they are forced to operate in the midst of a flood. You must seal off the crawl space to prevent this from happening.
The crawl space can be entirely encapsulated by Basement Authority of West Virginia, preventing unconditioned air, moisture, mold, and mildew spores from ever entering and taking hold. The major components of this process include waterproofing with an interior drainage system and a sump pump, vapor barrier, vent covers, and a dehumidifier. The internal drainage system will be placed in the floor and around the perimeter of the crawl space to gather leaking water and direct it to a sump pump. The sump pump system serves as the heart of our comprehensive drainage system. Once the pump has accumulated enough water in its basin, it will activate and work to direct the water away from your property. The vapor barrier completely seals off the crawl space, making water and moisture penetration impossible. It also keeps groundwater from rising and flooding the crawl space.
The vent covers will block any open vents in your crawl space. This keeps the crawl space dry no matter what the weather is like outside. Before completely sealing the crawl space, our technicians will install a dehumidifier. If there is still moisture in the crawl space, the dehumidifier will filter it out and distribute clean air throughout the house.
Because of the thick, expanding earth and frequently stormy climate in and around Parkersburg, bowing walls are unfortunately widespread. There are a number of things you can do to keep your home’s walls from bowing. The most obvious of which is to maintain your property’s drainage systems, but there are occasions when this problem is unavoidable. Repairs will be required in these circumstances to prevent localized or widespread collapse in your home. There are methods for straightening walls and preventing additional deflection.
When it comes to dealing with bowing walls, carbon fiber reinforcement is the simplest and least noticeable option. The downside is that it’s also the sole technique of repair that doesn’t allow you to correct a wall’s deviation. More strong solutions, such as wall anchors or wall beams, are required for this. Each of these approaches has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. As a result, they are best suited to certain scenarios. A professional examination is essential for determining what will workbest in your house.
Wall anchors, for example, are ideally suited to a basement that has both interior and exterior area of at least 10 feet. Wall anchors need some exterior excavation and are made composed of an inner plate, an earth anchor, and a connecting steel rod. They can be tightened to exert pressure and straighten a bowing wall. Wall beams, on the other hand, do not require any outside area but do take up some inside space. They, too, can be modified over time to progressively straighten a wall and prevent it from collapsing.
In your Parkersburg basement, the cove joint is the place where your wall meets the floor. These seams are exposed to a significant amount of groundwater, jeopardizing the structural integrity of your property. As a result, seepage and flooding in various areas of your basement are rather common. If left uncontrolled for an extended period of time, cove joint leaks can become breeding grounds for mold. Leaks in these places, likewise, can add to hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure can damage your foundation’s structural integrity by causing cracks, bowing, or sinkage, decreasing the overall value of your home.
These joints, on the other hand, do not leak at random. If you don’t take steps to waterproof your basement and property as a whole, you’ll have to deal with unwanted seepage after every significant downpour. Alternatively, seepage in these areas could signal foundation or basement problems, which you should look into right away. Hydrostatic pressure, foundation displacement, and internal and external leaks are the most common causes of basement cove joint leaks.
The flooring on your Parkersburg property should always be hard, even, and level. It’s time to seek professional help if you find it becoming bouncy or springy, or if you discover noticeable areas of unevenness and drooping in your home. There are several reasons why the flooring in your home may begin to sink or become uneven. While some are less sinister than others, they are all bad. The causes of a sinking floor can be divided into two categories: structural and localized.
Foundation damage, bowing or leaning walls, and movement in the property’s larger structure are all structural causes of a sagging floor. By disconnecting the floor from the joists that are supposed to supply it with the essential support, this type of damage frequently results in sagging or uneven flooring. In most of these circumstances, the floor will not need to be fixed. Taking steps to address the underlying difficulties in your home should be your first priority.
The floorboards themselves or the joists that support them are the most common localized causes of damage to your property’s flooring. Joist over span is a typical occurrence that can occur for a variety of causes. Improper design, poor materials, and damage caused by things like wood rot or structural movement are the most common. When the reason for sagging is pinpointed, the repairs will be pinpointed as well, and will be less disruptive than the more extensive structural repairs that would otherwise be required.