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Crawl Space Encapsulation & Basement Waterproofing in Alpena, MI

While the water may be one of the main reasons you live in Alpena, it’s important to keep the water out of your basement or crawl space. Foundation Systems of Michigan can help with engineered products to solve the problem permanently.

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Foundation Systems of Michigan

3805 Elmers Industrial Drive
Traverse City, MI 49685
(231) 227-4940

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Monday – Friday: 7 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Serving Traverse City, Gaylord, Petoskey, Alpena & Mackinaw City

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Foundation Systems of Michigan (FSM), a Groundworks Company, specializes in helping homeowners with their foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, concrete, gutter, and generator needs. Our top priority is providing high-quality home repair solutions and personalized service across the state of Michigan. With fully trained technicians, industry-leading products, and nationally backed warranties, FSM is here to restore your foundation or basement.

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Why Homeowners Choose Foundation Systems of Michigan

Foundation Systems of Michigan, a Groundworks Company, is the leading foundation repair company in Michigan. We proudly offer basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting and leveling to homeowners across the state.  

For more than 15 years our commitment to exceptional customer service, cutting-edge products, and installation procedures have made us the number one choice for Michigan homeowners. We treat your home like it is our own and get the job done right, the first time. Schedule your free inspection and estimate by calling or contacting us today.  

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Basement Waterproofing in Alpena

One of the reasons you may choose to live in Alpena is its proximity to Lake Huron. Although the miles and miles of lakefront make it an ideal location, it also means the water table is often very high. Add to the equation the area’s annual 29 inches of rain and 74 inches of snow, and the soil around your home is often wet. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to notice basement flooding, mold, a musty smell, or condensation on windows and HVAC units. Foundation Systems of Michigan has been repairing wet basements across Michigan for more than 15 years. Our lineup of products includes below-grade drains, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, and even a specially designed FreezeGuard™ discharge line attachment to avoid frozen pipes during Alpena’s bitter winters. Our team lives and works in your area, so they understand the unique needs of local homes. Let us walk you through how we can help.

Crawl Space Repair & Encapsulation in Alpena

Since Alpena homes are often located near the water or in very wet areas, crawl spaces are very common. This 3-foot to 4-foot space beneath your home is very important to the overall health of the structure. The wet weather, especially in the spring after the snow melts, and the humidity leads to big problems in this important area. Water and humidity become trapped, leading to mold, dry rot, sagging floors, and wet, hanging insulation. FSM’s crawl space encapsulation system includes a high-quality vapor barrier, a specifically designed sump pump, and energy-efficient dehumidifiers to help control moisture in your crawl space and the rest of your home.  

Foundation Repair in Alpena

The soil and large amounts of precipitation in Alpena are to blame for the widespread foundation problems there. Alpena’s soil is mostly sandy, which means when presented with 29 inches of rain and 74 inches of snow annually, it is prone to washout. When the soil beneath your home erodes, voids are created and your heavy home sinks or settles. Homeowners will notice sticking doors or windows, cracks in foundation walls, a tilting chimney, or a cracked floor. During our more than 15 years in business, FSM has worked to develop the best foundation repair products on the market. Our cutting-edge foundation piers stabilize your foundation by utilizing the strong bedrock beneath your home to potentially lift it back to a level position. Basement wall anchors stabilize cracked and bowing foundation walls and, over time, can straighten the wall itself. 

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Many homeowners believe that concrete is indestructible. Although used for virtually every building, driveway, and sidewalk, concrete is still a porous material. This means that it has thousands of tiny pores within it that water can easily flow through and cause damage. When water sits on top of concrete for a prolonged period it can cause it to crack and become uneven. The same goes for your home’s foundation. When water sits around your foundation, whether in the soil or around the base, it can cause severe structural damage. 

Lack of proper foundation drainage can put your home at risk of suffering from water damage. The water around your basement or even in your basement can compromise your foundation and the safety of your home on various levels. Not investing in a high-quality drainage system may seem like the most affordable option, but in the long run, it is the most expensive one.  

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The volume of damage water can cause should never be underestimated. While standing water around your foundation or overly saturated soil may seem harmless, it can cause your foundation to move and shift. When this happens, cracks can appear, causing a whole array of other problems. By keeping your foundation properly drained, you won’t just keep it dry, but stable and safe as well.  

If you do not have proper drainage, heavy rains can easily soak the soil beneath your home, making it less stable. As a result, your foundation can begin to settle. Foundation settlement is a serious problem that should not be ignored. It can make your home collapse if left unsupervised. On the other hand, water accumulating beneath your home can push against your foundation floor or walls, making them crack or bow.  

Mold and Rot Growth  

Keeping water away from your home can also prevent mold growth. Mold mostly thrives in dark and damp places, so your humid basement will be an ideal place for it to spread. Since mold releases airborne spores, it also presents a health hazard. If you inhale them, you could end up with serious respiratory issues. On the other hand, wood rot also prefers humid environments. Since rot can damage your wooden supports and drastically weaken them, it can easily compromise your home’s structural integrity.  

Ensuring that your foundation stays dry is the best way to keep mold and rot away from your home. By doing so, you will make your home a safer and healthier place for your family. Furthermore, you will also increase your home’s market value. Nothing can lower the price of the house as quickly as foundation issues, so make sure you invest in a proper drainage system.


 
When homeowners hear about crawl space waterproofing and all it entails, many question the necessity of encapsulation, especially if the area is already closed off. A sump pump and dehumidifier make sense, but how can a vapor barrier protect a crawl space from water damage? Well, the materials your crawl space is made of, wood and concrete, experience rapid deterioration after water exposure. This is because both materials are highly absorbent. 
 
Because of their permeability, even water vapor can get through and invade your crawl space or crawl space. You might think this isn’t really a big deal—after all, water vapor is what the dehumidifier is for, right? However, once that moisture passes through the wood and concrete, there’s a possibility that mold will grow. There are certain types of mold that can survive even when the air isn’t very humid, so it wouldn’t take much for your foundation to start deteriorating. 
 
Vapor barriers completely block all water and water vapor that tries to get into the crawl space. It’s made of a completely inorganic material, so no mold can eat at it and grow. Encapsulation also helps insulate the area and keep temperatures stable which lowers energy bills. And last but not least, encapsulation tidies up the way your basement or crawl space looks. The sleek, white barrier brightens up the space, makes it look bigger than it truly is, and keeps everything clean for years to come. 

Besides high moisture below your home, vapor barriers also prevent wood rot, mold, efflorescence, uneven floors, pests, standing water, and wet insulation from occurring in your crawl space. The craziest part is that’s not even everything a vapor barrier protects against. Since your home relies on your crawl space for solid support, installing a vapor barrier protects nearly everything in your home – including furniture, walls, and your loved ones.

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