Crawl space drains, a crawl space sump pump, a strong vapor barrier, vent covers, and a dehumidifier are all part of Foundation Systems of West Virginia’s encapsulation procedure. If your crawl space is already flooded, our professionals will need to drain the water before they can begin working.
Any groundwater or water leaking into the crawl space is collected by our drainage system, which is installed in the crawl space’s dirt floor. This water is then sent to a sump pump, where it will be pumped out of your crawl area and away from your house. Because this sump pump is self-activating, it requires very little maintenance on your part. All you have to do is contact our crawl space professionals to have its backup battery (if one was installed) replaced any time the alarm system warns you that the battery is low.
A vapor barrier and vent covers will then be installed by our professionals. The vapor barrier is made up of thick layers of polyethylene that keep moisture, debris, and other problems out of your crawl space. It’s also treated with an antimicrobial agent, which prevents mold and mildew spores from landing or growing on its surface. Before the area is fully encapsulated, you can also have durable insulation panels installed on the crawl space walls. This will keep your crawl space, as well as the rest of your house, cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Our professionals will then inspect any open vents in your crawl space. It was once considered that these open vents circulated outside air around the crawl space to keep it dry. However, these open vents simply attract further difficulties like moisture concerns, humidity, mold and mildew spores, and vermin. As a result, our professionals will use our durable plastic vent covers to close off your crawl space. However, before entirely sealing off your crawl space, our professionals may additionally install a strong dehumidifier. Any moisture or humidity will be filtered out by this dehumidifier and conditioned air will be circulated throughout the crawl space and home.
Concrete damage may appear to be a straightforward task that any homeowner may complete. Lifting your concrete again, on the other hand, requires precision and the necessary tools for the operation. Foundation Systems of West Virginia’s concrete technicians are specially educated to treat and repair any concrete damage your home may have.
There may be a plethora of home improvement stores selling concrete lifting solutions that are less expensive to use and apply. However, just because a solution is less expensive does not mean it is necessarily superior. As a result, these methods can only provide short relief. You may find yourself purchasing and applying the same concrete lifting solutions over and over again, which will cost you more than investing in a one-time permanent solution like Foundation Systems of West Virginia can provide for your home.
Foundation Systems of West Virginia’s concrete experts have the proper tools and skills to take on a task like this. Our solutions are significantly more powerful than those available in any other marketplace and they require equipment that is not typically available to the general public.
Replacing your old concrete slabs with new slabs necessitates a major revamp. To begin, a contractor would need to dismantle the damaged concrete into smaller pieces that are easier to pick up and transport. They’ll next need to lay down a new, perfectly even layer of concrete, which can take a long time to set and cure. Our PolyRenewal™ injection foam, on the other hand, can elevate almost any concrete slab, fill in gaps, and even protect the soil beneath it. One of its most significant advantages is that it cures in about 15 minutes, allowing you to use your concrete as soon as our professionals have finished installing it.
Humidity is a natural occurrence that cannot be completely avoided. Humidity, on the other hand, can and should be controlled because it may be quite destructive to your West Virginia home’s structure and interior. It may even have an adverse effect on your health and well-being. There are many possibilities, but when it comes to high relative humidity within your home, there are two main issues to be concerned about: mold and wood rot.
Mold is a common problem, but it is one that should not be overlooked. While many types of mold are harmless, some can produce minor irritations and side effects (akin to severe seasonal allergies), and others are actively toxic. Mold is a hardy organism that can thrive in practically any environment and at a variety of temperatures. Mold, on the other hand, needs moisture to thrive. As a result, managing humidity is the most effective strategy to avoid mold growth in your home. This is critical because some molds, particularly black mold, can cause major problems such as seizures and respiratory infections, making them extremely deadly.
Wood rot is equally as frequent as mold, although it poses a much lower health risk. Wood rot is the most harmful to your home’s structure. Because of the joists and beams that support them, as well as the plasterboard that is commonly used in buildings in this area, walls and floors are particularly vulnerable to wood rot. Wood rot fungus, like mold spores, require a specific amount of moisture to grow and thrive. Untreated wood rot can eventually lead to structural collapse, which is extremely dangerous.
Because of its balance of silt, sand, and clay, loam is the best soil for construction. While all soil can be moved or weakened by certain situations, loam soil is relatively stable and has well-balanced drainage and cohesiveness, so it only shifts or becomes damaged in extreme circumstances. Localized flooding, such as strong rains or a failure in a property’s drainage system, can all generate enough saturation to cause loam soil to migrate.
The state soil of West Virginia, Monongahela soil, has a lot in common with traditional loam soil, however it has a little higher concentration of silt than traditional loam soils. This is significant because silt is slightly more absorbent than sand (but not as absorbent as clay) and slightly more prone to slippage. In periods of significant rainfall or flooding, this raises the likelihood of lateral movement and subsidence slightly, but Monongahela soil is still more stable than clay-based or sand-rich soils.
Moisture management is essential to protecting a home built on Monongahela soil (which is important no matter what kind of soil your home is built on). This involves doing everything you can to keep your rooftop gutters and foundation drainage systems in good working order. Seasonal upkeep is important, but if your West Virginia property is still moist, waterproofing methods should be considered.
It is critical for West Virginia homeowners to be able to recognize warning indications of home repair concerns in order to prevent problems from becoming more serious. You may notice water puddles on your floor, moist walls, or stains as a result of drainage issues. A musty odor is indicative of a leaking or flooding basement as well as the presence of pests or mold or mildew growth near water sources. Increased humidity levels and blocked or damaged sump pumps or drains are other less obvious warning indicators
Detecting problems in your crawl space is more difficult. Some of the more obvious warning indicators, such as damaged walls near your floor and uneven flooring, are structural in nature. However, this is not always the case. Much of the air you breathe in your house comes from the crawl space. As a result, if your crawl space has water damage, vermin, or mold development, the air quality will suffer and seep into your home. These can take the form of bad odors, as well as an increase in allergies or asthma symptoms. Crawl space encapsulation and dehumidifiers are common treatments for preventing these issues from becoming worse.
Because many foundation problem indications are structural, it’s rare for homeowners to overlook them. Uneven floors (both within your house and on your concrete), bowing walls, and a sagging crawl space are some of the warning indicators that apply to both the basement and crawl space. Bowing walls, one of the most typical foundation warning signals, can occur in either the basement or crawl space walls. Homeowners may also notice their foundation sinking, windows and doors stuck in their frames, or foundation slabs and home components that have shifted.
The sump pump system in a home in West Virginia is often the hardest working appliance in the house. Because sump pumps are generally the first and last line of defense against flooding in a home, failures can be quite costly. This is why it’s critical to recognize the indicators of sump pump failure and inefficiency so you can take action fast.
All sump pump systems have a basic lifespan beyond which you may expect a progressive decrease in efficiency and an increase in the number of breakdowns. The average lifespan of a sump pump is between 8 and 12 years. Of course, upgrading your sump pump at this time isn’t necessary, but there are certain advantages to doing so (most notably an increase in energy efficiency and power). Most sump pumps will be functioning for some time after they age, though, so do not worry too much. The main danger of waiting is that there will be no spare parts available in the event of a major breakdown. It’s important to be cautious about this.
There are many symptoms of sump pump degeneration and approaching failure, but there are a few that are more typical. Changes in your sump pump’s sound, for example, are a dangerous sign, particularly if it has a sharp, grinding edge. An abrupt decrease in the rate at which the sump pit drains is also a symptom of catastrophic damage. It could, however, be a symptom of system bottlenecks or jams. As a result, it’s critical to get a professional evaluation as soon as possible.